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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Journey to the King of Kings" is a parable sure to touch the hearts of many. The setting is the island kingdom of Caladen. For Arden and Sarah it was love at first sight. The seventeen year old had his life planned: he would study botany and pharmacology and some day marry Sarah. Arden traveled to the Cathedral in Caladen. The local king was King Arcturus the Wise. The king was more than a king; he was a spiritual adviser. There were many kings throughout the land; they were filled with the spirit and counseled those in the land. At age eighteen Arden would have to face The Day of Choosing. While he was in the Cathedral he began to look around, starting with the altar. There was a huge chair with the words "NO ONE SHALL SIT UPON THIS THRONE BUT THE KING OF KINS.” Arden felt the desire to sit in the chair. He tried to distract his mind by looking toward the worship area. He had a slight sense of dizziness wash over him. He backed up and eased into the chair and promptly fell asleep. When he was observed in the chair he was arrested and sentenced. He was to go on a journey to the land of Jeshuryn and ask forgiveness of the King of Kings. So begins the journey.
I have purposely focused the summary on the first few chapters to keep from giving away too much. "Journey to the King of Kings" by Dennis Redline is beautifully written. The words in this book seemed almost magical. I could hear them in my mind as though the author was telling an old story; the words seemed to just float gently off the page. I could sense the adventure that lay ahead of Arden. I am also compelled to mention the sense of adventure that lay ahead of Arden. His journey would not be easy but it would be worth it. The characters are very likable and are multifaceted. This tale has strong Christian undertones. The focus audience appears to be teens and young adults; however, I can easily see middle school students enjoying this book as well as seasoned adults. "Journey to the King of Kings" has several strong messages for the reader: forgiveness, mercy, compassion and true love.