Saturday, January 21, 2012

Athera's Dawn

Athera's Dawn, White Lion Chronicles, Christopher Hopper, Spearhead Books, Fantasy, November 24, 2011, 426 pages.

Synopsis: Those in deepest darkness fight most valiantly for the light.

Hard pressed on every side, the Dibor struggle to overcome insurmountable odds in an effort not just to regain territory, but to survive. 

In addition to the growing ranks of the taken, Morgui has summoned the powers of nature to search out and destroy the saviors of Dionia. Tempests hunt those forced to flee by sea, while an otherworldly fire storm chews up the ancient forest of Grandath, destroying anything - or anyone - in its path.

While most of the Dibor manage to survive, the whereabouts of the ill-fated Princess Anorra continues to be unknown. Her faithful friends are unaware of her suffering behind the gates of Haides. 

The remaining Dibor soon discover that there is more to Morgui's madness than simple mayhem, as the dwarves reveal startling knowledge about the Two Trees, and worse still, about Morgui's attempt to forever thwart the Most High's plan for victory. 

As Creation itself endures death throes caused by mounting evil, one thing is clear: Dionia and her champions will never be as they once were. Nor will those in worlds beyond.

My thoughts: Since meeting Mr. Hopper for the first time at a group signing, and buying his first book, I have been hooked on this series. To finally see its completion, 4 years later, has been an amazing moment. As the page count grew, so did Mr. Hopper's skill in writing and devotion to the Lord, from what I can tell. This final volume didn't disappoint. It was filled to the brim with virtues and lessons.

Knowing that many Christian works of fantasy have depicted "the last battle," I think this one has done it very well. The sense of triumph is full, and I experienced much joy simply in reading about it. Mr. Hopper holds a firm grasp on the reader's emotions, and for that I commend him. This series is one you won't want to miss!

This ebook was provided free by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 5 stars

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Upcoming reviews:

  • Replication by Jill Williamson
  • The Errant King by Wayne Thomas Batson
  • The Land of Darkness by C.S. Lakin


  1. I've heard a lot about the White Lion Chronicles but wasn't sure if it was worthwhile checking out... Sounds like it though! I just may have to look them up!

  2. Noah: thanks do much for not only taking the time to read the trilogy, but to write something like this on Athera's Dawn. Means a lot. Appreciate you, your passion for the Lord, and for great books - just honored mine is included in the count. ch:

  3. @Gillian: They are definitely worth reading!

    @Mr. Hopper: You are welcome, the books were amazing and a boon to boot. :P Thank you very much. If you ever come to the Northwest, please let me know. It's been four years since we met, and I'd love to talk!