Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest

The Knights of Arrethtrae

Young Adult - Mythology/Fairy Tale
192 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2010
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In this, the sixth and final book of the Knights of Arrethtrae Series, the author has a twofold purpose. First, he explores the concept of pride and the destructive consequences of holding that concept as a personal god. Secondly, the author speculates on the return of the Prince by using prophecy as related by two defenders of the Prince.

The Knights of the Prince are set against the Shadow Warriors. It is an analogy of good and evil and pride versus humility. Pride represents unhealthy attitudes and the focus on material goods and personal achievement. As expected, that focus results in destructive ways which must then be combated in order for the message of the Prince to prevail. When a person, or a nation, focuses exclusively on superficial values, it becomes a difficult beast to get rid of. Basically, the battle is internal, although the author logically makes the conflict one of evil and good knights.

As the final book in the series, the promise of the second coming of the Prince is reenacted as testified to by Sir Rowan and his brother, Sir Lijah. If the reader has not read the first books in the series, it might be beneficial to read the end explanation by the author who explains the characters and the settings.

Although the book does tend to become repetitive in the final chapters, it is a good read for children who are exploring their own feelings of self-worth, as well as their positions in their communities and the world at large.