Journey to the King of Kings
Exile! A seemingly meaningless crime can have serious consequences, even in the island kingdom of Caladen, where crime is virtually unknown. The life of eighteen year old Arden is dramatically changed as he must journey to find the King of Kings and seek His judgment. Leaving his parents and Sarah, the girl he loves, Arden must travel across the sea to the "strange lands" only spoken of in stories - where good and evil wage war for the hearts and minds of the people. An evil queen lives there and false prophets preach to the people. However, the Lord Most High has not been forgotten and a great battle that occurred over a thousand years ago still shapes the present. Far away in the land of Jeshuryn is the City of Light, home to the King of Kings. The princess Ariana lives there, unaware that she has a role in this journey. The adventure is not without danger, but Arden finds unexpected help from legends on his journey to find the King of Kings. Journey to the King of Kings Book I: Exile is Dennis Redline's first venture into the Christian fiction arena. A native of Connecticut, he is actively involved in his church and currently working in sound ministry. In 2000 he served as a volunteer in Kentucky for 16 months, and subsequently has been on mission trips to Ukraine, and most recently Honduras. Additionally, he has travelled throughout the United States and explored some of Scotland and London. He has also been involved in inter-denominational teen ministry for many years and has geared this book for teens believing that adults will enjoy it as well. Another passion of his is hiking and for the past several years he has walked many trails with this book on his mind.
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers Favorite
"Journey to the King of Kings" is a parable sure to touch the hearts of many. The setting is the island kingdom of Caladen. For Arden and Sarah it was love at first sight. The seventeen year old had his life planned: he would study botany and pharmacology and some day marry Sarah. Arden traveled to the Cathedral in Caladen. The local king was King Arcturus the Wise. The king was more than a king; he was a spiritual adviser. There were many kings throughout the land; they were filled with the spirit and counseled those in the land. At age eighteen Arden would have to face The Day of Choosing. While he was in the Cathedral he began to look around, starting with the altar. There was a huge chair with the words "NO ONE SHALL SIT UPON THIS THRONE BUT THE KING OF KINS.” Arden felt the desire to sit in the chair. He tried to distract his mind by looking toward the worship area. He had a slight sense of dizziness wash over him. He backed up and eased into the chair and promptly fell asleep. When he was observed in the chair he was arrested and sentenced. He was to go on a journey to the land of Jeshuryn and ask forgiveness of the King of Kings. So begins the journey.
I have purposely focused the summary on the first few chapters to keep from giving away too much. "Journey to the King of Kings" by Dennis Redline is beautifully written. The words in this book seemed almost magical. I could hear them in my mind as though the author was telling an old story; the words seemed to just float gently off the page. I could sense the adventure that lay ahead of Arden. I am also compelled to mention the sense of adventure that lay ahead of Arden. His journey would not be easy but it would be worth it. The characters are very likable and are multifaceted. This tale has strong Christian undertones. The focus audience appears to be teens and young adults; however, I can easily see middle school students enjoying this book as well as seasoned adults. "Journey to the King of Kings" has several strong messages for the reader: forgiveness, mercy, compassion and true love.