Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ryann Watters and the King's Sword

If you are looking for an engaging, spiritually challenging read for younger teens, Eric Reinhold's modern-day fantasy, Ryann Watters and the King's Sword is a perfect choice. Ryann Watters is a friendly, humble, and conscientious teen, who is given a mission by the angel, Gabriel, himself.

Ryann is given a staff and a ring, and told he must find the king's sword. Little does he realize, the ring will lead him into an amazing new world. Together with his friends Libby and Terrell, he travels to Aeliana to search for the sword. Unfortunately, Drake Dunfellow, another boy from school is given gifts by a dark angel, and asked to stop Ryann and his friends.

Through his quest, Ryann learns more and more about the power of the Word, and continually looks to his Bible for guidance. He learns to trust in the Bible, and be a good friend. In time, he defeats Drake, finds the sword, and shows himself to be a true hero.

What I Like: Ryann is a solid, mature Christian boy, who will appeal to teens who have been brought up in church. He loves God, is excited about his quest, and isn't afraid to spend his free time studying the Scriptures. He does have to learn about friendship and forgiveness, but he is likable and realistic. Libby and Terrel are also authentic, three-dimensional characters who will appeal to boys and girls alike.

The fantasy world is exciting and new, while the real world is realistically portrayed. Both portray angels and demons, and the reality of spiritual warfare.

Reinhold also includes the full text of Ephesians 6:11-17, concerning the armor of God, at the back of the book.

What I Dislike: I only have one minor complaint. Drake, who works for the dark angel, Ekron, sets up a portal to Aeliana and the next time we see him, he is leading a huge army. We don't see how he makes this transition, but I wonder if Reinhold is trying not to spend too much time focusing on the forces of evil.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 9-14

Publisher Info: Creation House, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59979-288-0 ; Hardcover, 225 pages, $17.99

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Special Info: Christian directors are currently filming a movie version of Ryann Watters and the King's Sword, set for release in 2011. They even filmed the real-life sections on location, in Mount Dora, Florida. The book sequel, Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith was published in 2009.

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Eric Reinhold said...

Thanks for the kind review Erin. Good point on Drake... I was focusing more on Ryann in book 1 and evil definately tries to get the upper hand in book 2 - there's even a sword fight between Gabriel and the dark angel, Lord Ekron! The movie is coming along great with 75% complete now and due to finish filming in Feb. I'm currently working on "Ryann Watters and the Belt of Truth."

Erin said...


I am glad you saw the review, and I can't wait to read the next two books! My family and I will be on the lookout for the movie--we are always looking for movies with a positive message. Thanks for writing and inspiring young people. Erin