As a home schooling family with two young boys, we are always looking for ways to captivate their
imaginations while teaching them positive principles. Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court fulfill
and exceed every expectation. Using allegory, author Chuck Black weaves a mystical, medieval tale of
the Knights of the Prince who are followers of the King. It details the followers' persecution by
the Noble Knights who killed the Prince and tells of Bentley's struggle to choose a life of poverty
and service to others. Along the way he fights against the Ashen Knight, Lucius, and Avarick (who
proclaims himself to be the root of all evil). There is even a love story for budding romantics.
Like the Chronicles of Narnia, the story of Sir Bentley itself can be enjoyed without
reading into the blatantly Christian underpinnings. However, having a knowledge and basic understanding
of the history and life of Jesus Christ will make the reading more enjoyable and add depth to the
characters, along with additional meaning. Youth book clubs will find the story ready made for them
as it includes an extensive discussion section, broken down by chapter, helping them delve into their
developing sense as individuals and Christians. Parents and children can also enjoy these books
together as they read aloud as a family, a chapter at a time, and discuss the principles within.
When seeking out this book, I wondered if it was necessary to read the first book in the series
on Myshelf.com) to enjoy the second. However this tale is excellent standing alone. I believe books
by Chuck Black will become a staple in my house as my sons mature, and will be loved and remembered
well into adulthood.