Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue - Chuck Black

Publisher:  Multnomah, March 16, 2010
Source:  This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue is an excellent young adult novel.  Lady Carliss is a loyal Knight of Arrenthetrae.  She serves the Prince and has made it her life's mission to help establish havens loyal to the Prince.  On her way home from a mission she and Lady Salina stop at Salina's home for a quick visit.  They find her family missing.  As they leave to follow they find Sir Dalton, another knight and a man Lady Carliss has secretly loved, and by whose side she has bravely fought.  She holds her feelings for him close because he is promised to another woman.  While checking out the barn Sir Dalton  saves Lady Carliss' life and is bitten by a strange lizard that can camouflage itself.  At the same time Lady Salina screams that her family has been taken.  Lady Carliss must now try to find help for Dalton and  rescue Lady Salina's family.
The first village they stop in Lady Carliss makes a new friend in a simple-minded man the children are pelting with stones and calling Oaf.  He leads them to an alchemist who might be able to help Sir Dalton.  It is here Lady Carliss has her first major problem.  The antidote can only be found in the city of Moorue, in the swamps to be exact.  No one knows if it is real or myth.  She also must try to find Salina's family who has supposedly been taken to the same city.  She, Lady Salina and her new friend set off for the city of Moorue.  It is here she meets up with friends and  finds out about the work they have secretly been doing for the Prince.  This book is full of twists and turns.  An evil plot develops that will force Lady Carliss to make decisions that may mean death for many, including herself.  How is she to chose who lives and who dies?

Chuck Black has done a wonderful job of bringing Bible truths to light in a way that speaks to teens without sounding preachy.  The fact that this is set in Medieval times will draw a lot of my students in.  My own mother has asked to read the book.  This was the first time I'd read a book by this author.  It will not be my last. 

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