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Champion in the Darkness (The Champion Trilogy Book 1) by [Martinson, Tyrean]
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Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness!

Champion in the Darkness is YA Christian Fantasy, and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3837 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Wings of Light Publishing (28 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Fantasy with Message 14 December 2013
By Sharon L Hughson - Published on
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I really enjoyed Tyrean Martinson’s debut novel. She had a realistic main character, an interesting supporting cast and an antagonist readers will love to hate.
This is the first book in a series and that is plain. This story has a single problem that is resolved by the end of the book. The character arc for the protagonist seemed shaky. I felt she was still in the middle of her change and the climax had her acting out of desperation rather than because of lessons learned.
There are secrets still to be revealed which will bring readers back. Also, the main antagonist escapes (otherwise there would be no series) so we have to come back and watch her get her comeuppance. I did feel that the losses the main character faced in this story weren’t fully developed and this made her response to them fall flat in my mind.
Martinson has a clear light versus darkness theme and the fantasy world she created has a strong religious system. I felt that giving everyone visions made them less special. Also, the recurrent nightmare seemed more for melodrama than to actually build tension. All in all, excellent first book, worthy of a read and I’m placing the sequel on my “to be read” list.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian epic fantasy 9 July 2014
By Christine Rains - Published on
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Destined to be the next Champion of Septily, Clara isn't certain she's ready for it. She's young and hasn't received the sword of a master swordswoman yet. The evil Sisterhood has gotten its claws into Septily and is about to render it to pieces. With the help of her mentors and friends, she must find the courage to fight in battle. Clara has to have faith in her Lord and herself even when darkness falls over her world.

A wonderful start to the Christian fantasy series, the Champion Trilogy. The worldbuilding is incredible. I love the peeks at the history and the inner workings of the council. There are lovely details about the land and the people, and creatures that are beautiful and horrific. I'm a fan of the people of Aerland and their griffins. I would love to be chosen by griffin to become its partner!

Clara is an admirable character with her struggles of inadequacy and faith. Though at times she seems wise for her age, she is portrayed realistically as a young woman with a grand destiny thrust upon her. My favorite character other than the griffins is Stelia. I'd love to learn more about her and his past. As for Kalidess, she is a villain you can thoroughly loathe.

I can't wait to read more from Tyrean Martinson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great blend of adventure, fantasy, and Christian fiction 13 March 2013
By A. McCall - Published on
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'Champion in the Darkness' follows fifteen year-old Clara, who's preparing for her final examinations to become a master swordswoman. When she goes to meet with longtime mentor Dantor, Clara is told she's destined to become the Champion, a fabled hero who arises in a time of need. Confused by this claim, Clara isn't sure she's ready to be a hero. She's still a kid, right?

Whether Clara is ready or not, the evil Kalidess has wormed her way into Septily's court through the king. Clara must rise to battle Kalidess and the Dark Sisterhood, or watch the kingdom of Septily and its people fall under the powers of darkness. Clara questions her faith, her strength, and her destiny as she fights to do what is right.

What I liked about this book:
I liked Clara and enjoyed seeing her growth, seeing how she handles her crises of faith and finds the strength to keep going. But I *loved* how well the stories of the minor characters were carried through the novel. One of Clara's mentors, Stelia, has a great redemption/forgiveness storyline as she learns to forgive herself for once being part of Kalidess's army. Stelia is strong on the outside, but carries a lot of doubt and uncertainty within. The other minor characters were well considered and helped to create a rounded story.

'Champion in the Darkness' is YA fantasy/Christian fiction, and while the religious side was evident, it never overwhelmed the story. I appreciated how Martinson not only showed people displaying faith when times were easy, but how she explored loss of faith when times were hard, and how different people coped with doubt, anger, and fear.

What I didn't like about the book:
If you're a crier like me, this one has a five-alarm, Kleenex-emergency ending.

A few parts of the story were almost too fast paced to keep up with. A couple of the battle scenes felt like a blur (but I guess that's how it would probably feel to the characters, too!)

I was also itching for a little more information about Kalidess and the dark Sisterhood. It's hinted that some of those questions will be answered in the next book, but I felt like Kalidess was a bit too evil for evil's sake. It would have been nice to have a little more backstory/motivation for her attack on Septily.

Final verdict:
If you enjoy fantasy and epic battles, give this one a try. It has a nice blend of action, adventure, and tangles with those spiritual questions in an honest, real way.
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story of Faith and Second Chances 14 June 2014
By Hannah Heath - Published on
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This story is so inspiring. There were several times that I got the chills reading this book. It has so many deep and strong character that are easy to fall in love with. I was so emotionally involved with them that they seemed real...I couldn't help wanting to cry when something bad happened to them or wanting to cheer when they triumphed.
The message of salvation and second chances was weaved throughout the entire book, always there but never preachy. I loved getting to read as one of the characters worked through changing from the dark to the light, struggling with her guilt but then finally learning to put her faith in God. There is always a second chance, always people willing to accept us and take us in. I think this is a message that we all need to hear a lot more often and I appreciate the way the author sprinkled it throughout this amazing story.
And as odd as this is to say, I was very impressed with the battle scenes. They were not gory or disgusting and yet they had a real feel them.
Despite all of the great scenes and dialogue, the ending might have actually been my favorite part. This author handled the ending with a realistic and touching scene of the MC looking back at what she had been through and then wondering how she was going to continue her life. Many Fantasy novels skip over this part, and I love that this one did not. I'm very excited to read the second book in this series!
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was becomes of some mistakes in sentence structure, punctuation, etc. But it really wasn't super bad and I honestly didn't mind that much. This story was so touching and inspiring that these minor mistakes are easy to ignore.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read! You don't have to be Christian to enjoy this just have to have a love for good stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Read! 11 July 2016
By Claire Banschbach - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved Clara's character - she was a great female character without being the normal annoying "strong" female warrior character.
It had a great message woven through about trusting God no matter what you might be facing. Some things felt a little rushed or thrown in, but it had a nice pace overall. I really liked one of the male characters but was a bit disappointed with what happened. Actually a bit sad. I can't say much more without spoilers.
I'm interested in following the rest of Clara's journey and exploring more of this world that Tyrean Martinson created.

Recommended for anyone who likes Christian fantasy and great female leads!