The Victor is the first book that Marlayne Giron has written but devoted readers certainly hope that it will not be her last.
The blurb on the back cover reads:
"A benevolent King;
...his sword of power;
...a ruthless traitor bent on revenge;
...and the faithful son who stands in his way with
the woman destined to share his throne."
The book takes place in the medieval kingdoms of Ellioth and Shiloh. Ellioth is ruled by a kind and wise king, Eloth. He has a young son, Joshua, who will some day rule in his stead and is betrothed to the beautiful Llyonesse. All is well in the kingdom until the arrival on the scene of the villain, Lucius, who, filled with hatred and jealousy, attempts to overthrow the king. Not content to steal only the throne, Lucius also covets Joshua's intended bride. Thus begins the battle between good and evil and only one can emerge the victor.
Under the title on the front cover are the words, "A tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice." The Victor is certainly all of this and much, much more. It is a beautiful story of the love of a king for his people, his compassion for those who falter in his service, his long-suffering toward those who have wronged him, and his fairness in administering judgement. Sound familiar?
I will be very honest and confess that The Victor is not the type of book that I normally choose to read. I usually prefer contemporary fiction and, as a rule, am not too fond of fantasy. I initially decided to read the book because I had "met" the author online and somehow, across the vast vista of the Internet, a bond was formed. In an effort to be kind and support my new-found friend, I ordered her book. This was an excellent decision on my part and money well-spent!
From a purely physical viewpoint, The Victor is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. The cover design is absolutely gorgeous, the pages feel rich in texture, and even the first page of each chapter has a lovely decorative design.
From a literary point of view, this book is a marvelous work of art. Vocabulary is marvelous and the story is sensational. The author has an obvious complete and total grasp of the material and a way of delivery that is gripping and mesmerizing. The entire story is exquisitely done and utterly riveting. There were times that I actually forgot to breathe because the suspense was so captivating. The most beautiful part of the entire story is that it is an allegory of Christ’s love for the church. It is chock full of symbolism and parallels to Biblical events. Because I don't like unhappy endings, the knowledge that the victor had already been decided long ago was what made it possible for me to continue to read to the conclusion. Yes, the conclusion was foregone; but the road to get to that final epic battle was a fascinating and enthralling journey.
Although The Victor is labeled for Young Adult and has complete lessons plans available for use in the classroom, it will readily appeal to readers of all ages. If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend that you waste no time in doing so. You won't be sorry!
Marlayne Giron is a Messianic Jew who found Christ as her Messiah at the age of 17. She has a wonderful testimony of her conversion that can be found at http://thevictorbook.com/. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband and her teenage daughter. She is also a career secretary who likes to read, cook, entertain, draw, ice-skate and scrapbook.
Marlayne received her inspiration for The Victor while listening to the song Fairytale, sung by artist Amy Grant. While the song may have provided the original foundation, there is no doubt that the writer has a close and intimate relationship with the One about whom she writes.
In addition to this book, Marlayne also writes Wish Fulfillment Stories. These are stories that she writes by request and free of charge. For more information about this feature, visit her website at http://thevictorbook.com/ or go to her blog at http://wishfulfillmentstories.blogspot.com/. The book can be purchased at her website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book Distributors.
I love this book so much that I am going to make one copy available to a lucky winner. If you are interested in winning, leave a comment. To ensure that I will be able to contact you, be sure to leave an email address in this format: janedoe[at]whatever[dot]com. If you are a follower of this blog, please include that information for an extra entry.
This contest has some unusual stipulations. There is a dual purpose to this giveaway. (Sorry, Marlayne)! Since this is a new blog, I am using this giveaway not only to promote The Victor, but also to build a readership and, hopefully, a following. Therefore, the giveaway contest will not conclude until there are 25 followers and at least that many comments. Please invite your friends to come and visit!
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