February 2011

In the Hall of the Dragon King by Stephen Lawhead is an amazing book.  It tells the story of Quentin, a young acolyte who had been in the service of another god ever since he was a child.  One day, one of the king’s knights comes to the temple bearing dire news that he needed to get to the queen, but he was unable to due to the severity of his injuries.  As a result, Quentin volunteers to go and is then catapulted into an adventure that he won’t forget anytime soon.

Steeped with mystery and adventure, this book also has a lot of underlying Christian themes that become more and more apparent as you read through it.  It’s a great read whether or not you’re religious and the adventure becomes addicting to the point where you just can’t put it down; you just have to find out what happens next.  This book is also the first book of a trilogy, so even once you are done with this one, the story and new adventures will continue in the next!

I highly recommend this book for anyone to read and I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did, and I shall leave you with the song that some of the countrymen sing:

See the armies so arrayed,
Line on line, ten thousand strong.
See the Dragon King’s sharp blade,
Rising to a song!
See his enemies laid low!
Hear our voices sing:
Let glory crown the victor’s brow,
In the Hall of the Dragon King!


So I’ve been reading In the Hall of the Dragon King by Stephen Lawhead recently.  And while I’m not quite done with it just yet, I did come across a passage that I absolutely love.  A bit of background is that while in Dekra (a hidden city in this book), the main character, Quentin, was left behind by his companions due to him recovering from near death.  While in Dekra, Quentin encountered the Man of Light (aka the Most High God) and in this passage, he is telling one of his friends, Durwin, about this experience.


“So it is,” breathed Durwin at last.  “You have seen him.  Now you know.  Any who truly meet him cannot go back to the way they were before.”

“Do you see him often?”

“I have never seen him,” answered Durwin simply.

“Never?”  This shocked Quentin.  He had assumed the hermit, of all people, to be on the most intimate terms with the Most High One.

“No, never.  But I did not need to see him to know of his presence, to learn his ways.  It is enough for me that he has accepted me to be his servant.  I am content.”

“But I thought… You know so much about him.”

“I suppose I do–know about him.  He gives each man a special task in life and a blessing to carry it out.  You have been chosen for a great work, and yours is a special blessing.  He has never appeared to me.  Yes, yours is a Blessing of Power, as Yeseph would say.”

Quentin was dumbfounded.  Durwin had never seen the god he served so faithfully.  Durwin’s words echoed in his mind:  It is enough… I am content.


So there’s the passage I like in its entirety.  What are your thoughts about it?