Published by Ransom Press, 2016
Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
Once again MaryLu Tyndall has me in awe of the power of her mighty pen. This latest novel by Ms. Tyndall will take you back to a time of Knights and Castles and Fair Maidens. Some of those maidens are in distress but the heroine in this story is a warrior that has been appointed the Guardian of the Spear of Destiny.
Alexia D'Clere, at the age of eight, didn’t understand what God had called her to do when her dying mother pressed a small iron object in her hand and told her she was to protect it with her life. Neither did she understand why someone would want to kill her shortly thereafter but thankfully a godly friar was prepared for such a time. He quickly whisked Alexia away from the evil but at the cost of leaving behind her beloved sister, Cristiana. Friar Josef taught Alexia the skills that she would require to protect the Spear; the most important being a love for the holy scriptures and a skill of archery that no one could surpass. Alexia also was given the gift of spiritual discernment, where she can see the good or evil surrounding her.
Ronar LePeine, is one of the King’s elite guard, a Knight like no other. Haunted by past sins, and seeking to pay penance, he has sworn his allegiance to God and King. While on a mission to Castle Luxley, Ronar encounters an arrow sent by Alexia, better known in the area as The Falcon of Emerald Forest. Alexia shocked that her arrow missed it’s mark, is caught off guard and caught by the handsome knight. Ronar, himself is shocked that the young archer was not a boy, but a very beautiful woman. Ronar is also caught off guard when the Falcon uses a well-placed kick that leaves him groaning in pain as he watches her escape. This will not be the last the two see of each other.
There is much evil lurking in Castle Luxley, from the family friend that is the steward of Luxley, to a mysterious sickness that leaves Alexia’s sister bedridden most of the time. Worst of all Ronar has brought a Bishop that’s on a quest to find the Spear, who will do anything to find it. Will Alexia be able to fight all the powers of darkness that she will face or does God have a different plan in mind?
I have been reading MaryLu Tyndall’s books for years, whether it be about pirates, escaped slaves, mermaids, a brand new colony in Brazil, or a time-traveler, and I have never been disappointed. One of her many writing talents is the ability to pull you right into the story and make you feel as though you are a part of it, but the one that I most admire is how she uses her stories to portray God’s love for his children. No matter the circumstances her characters may be in, MaryLu Tyndall shows us that they can turn to a loving Father and receive forgiveness, mercy, and help in their time of need. I cannot wait to read the next tale in this series, as I know it will be just as intriguing as all her others!
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