Friday, April 9, 2010

Review: The Terrestria Chronicles


The Terrestria Chronicles is a series of books written by Ed Dunlop. Mr. Dunlop has written twenty-six books and some of those appear in the Terresria Chronicles. I was sent books #1 and #2 in this series and promptly set aside our currently read aloud book and delved in to The Sword, The Ring, and the Parchment.


The author writes the series as an allegory. And simply because I had to remind myself of what that actually's the definition from

a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.

And that is exactly what this series is an allegory of Christ and our life in Him. The main character, Josiah, is a poor slave boy that we meet in the beginning of the story who is then saved by King Emmanuel and brought via the Coach of Grace to the Castle of Faith. The rest of the book follows Prince Josiah as he learns to become a Knight for King Emmanuel.

My boys, especially my oldest who is 13, ate this up. They loved the story and begged for more when I would stop. There was plenty of action to keep their attention and Biblical truths were woven in to the story very well. My only compliant is that the author uses some rather large words and I would get a bit tongue-tied trying to get them out. The vocabulary is very rich and includes many words not often used in every day language.

The books are written for ages 10 and up and retail for $7.99 each on the Terrestria Chronicles website. I plan to have B13 read the second book as his next "assigned reading" book.


There are seven books in the series. All seven books can be purchased for $39.99. There is also a study guide that covers the series and sells for $5.99. Another fun (and free) feature are coloring pages that go along with the series. Something nice to use if younger children are listening in to a family read aloud. 

Be sure to check out reviews by the other TOS Homeschool members. Some were sent different books as well as some books from Mr. Dunlop's other series...Tales from Terrestria.

*Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in exchange for our unbiased opinion of the product.

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