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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Giveaway! - The Victor

Hey guys! Well as you know I've had a lot of reading to catch up on and after my school books came Marlayne Giron's debut The Victor. Mrs. Giron has so graciously offered to allow me to give away one copy to a lucky commenter on this post! So buckle your seat belts and brace for a review by me.

Check it out;

“What care I for thy judgment, O King? I swear to thee this oath: Thou shalt rue this day in great bitterness and mourn that Thou didst not destroy me when it lay within Thy power!” Eloth regarded his former steward and once most trusted servant with an impassive face, but in his gray eyes was an unfathomable pain that only two in the entire court filled with people could behold: Lucius and Eloth’s son, Joshua. “I know,” was Eloth’s silent reply. (Page 36)

And so begins Marlayne Giron’s beautiful novel, The Victor.

I had the honor of receiving this book as a gift, but it is more than worth its retail price. The story is wonderful!

Ellioth is a perfect kingdom. Ruled by a perfect King in perfect love. All is how it should be, with loving stewards, knights, squires, and honest merchants. Things could never be better.

It is at this moment that the Baron Lucius of Northumberland, favorite of King Eloth, lashes out in arrogance, gathering an army to challenge the King’s seraphim. The rebels of the Baron do not stand a chance against the expertly trained elite of Eloth and so Lucius is driven back. But not before the largest amount of innocent blood in all of history is spilled.

Eloth is furious but, in following of His character, shows the Baron mercy in hopes that he may yet be redeemed. Lucius wants none of this mercy and finds such grace more painful than death. And it is then that he fires the words listed above.

“Thou shalt rue this day…”

And in sorrow Eloth whispers two prophetic words, “I know.”

The Victor is the story of how this came to be. It is the riveting and romantic tale of Eloth’s one and only son, Joshua, as he is trained as an ordinary knight and prepared to take the throne of Shiloh—an honor that is rightfully his.

The Victor is the story of the hate-filled Lucius and how he acts on his blood-lust and obsessive desire for vengeance.

The Victor is a tale of the love of Llyonesse for Joshua, and his great love for her and how that love was demonstrated and how Llyonesse was set free.

The Victor is the story of our world. It is the history of mankind penned in a poetic and fantastical way.

Giron writes with eloquence an allegorical tale from the betrayal of Satan to the end of time. With tension that is sure to keep you glued to your seat, characters that make you want to laugh and weep aloud, and powerful inspiration that made me wish to draw sword and charge the strongholds of Hell this is a book you do not want to skip.

Mrs. Giron had me hooked from the first page to the last, leaving me wishing there was more left to read. It truly is a work of art, funny, suspenseful, romantic, and action packed.

I recommend this book for teens thirteen years and older, and I do believe that all fantasy loving readers will thoroughly enjoy this. I certainly did. The book is set in medieval times and Marlayne Giron stays true to the times in the language of the people. The excerpt quoted above is a good example. The book uses “thee” and “thou” and “thy” a good bit, but it never caused a distraction to me. To be quite honest the wordage added to the story.

All of that to say that The Victor is a must-read for all. I loved it, and I believe that you will too.
That's my "formal" review. And not too elaborate too much, but I really really liked it.

There are lots of cool connections in there to the Bible and the Gospel message, which are always fun to read, though it could very very easily be read as a straight fantasy.

To me, the best thing about it was the characters. The Victor is most definitely a character driven story and Mrs. Giron did an excellent job in drawing these characters for me. I saw them, laughed with them, cried with them, it was very well written. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

(As you can tell I'm new to book giveaways so this post will end rather abruptly)

How to Enter the Drawing;

Comment on this post with a valid email (I'll contact you if you win for snail mail addresses, only "inner" USA please)

To get more entries you can;
Sign up as a follower of this blog
Post about this giveaway on your blog (give me the link too ;) )

And well, that's it.

Whoever wins this is seriously in for a treat. The book very much exceeded my expectations. You'll love it; I promise.

Check out Marlayne Giron's website here!


Pyrosian Heir said...

this sounds like an epic win of a book. i definitely would like this. the excerpt made me go 'gasp'. my email is if i don't get it don't tell me. ;)

R.P.H said...

This looks and sounds really good, I love the book cover! Count me in please, my e-mail is

God's care,

Noah said...

Count me in as well, it looks amazing! I will post about it on my blog asap, and will give you the link then. My email is manuscriptna[at]gmail[dot]com.

Chris said...

Sounds cool!
here's my email: wootonfilm[at]gmail[dot]com

Rien Takhid said...

Sweet! This sounds like a neat book. I hereby submit my name for consideration.

And could I persuade you to send me the Amazon purchasing links for Batson and Hopper's books that you have in your sidebar? I asked them but have received no reply.

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

You know my email, and my blog. I'm in. I'll post about it right away.

Anonymous said...

Give me book!

Seth said...

Sadly, I do not own a blog, and a side note: Keeneye, could you please tell the Underground that I won't be on there this week, I cannot get on it for lack of a password (I had to resend it and I never changed it back to my regular password, thus I would have to track it down far far back in my email) and thus cannot say that I'm gone.

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Oh? Did I not make it clear? My simply commenting you are entered in the drawing ;) Provided you give me your email.

And yes...I will tell them if someone else does not lol

Jamie said...

pick me! pick me! :D you should already have my email

thedoorwithin said...

This looks like a really good, grab your shoulders type of book i am not reading any books right now so this would be a good book for me to read1 tht is if im picked or my name is drawn! well theres always a chance! why turn down now! looks like anotherone of those thongs where theirs always something interesting leerking! Hopes to the best!i will blog about this!

Remember NEVER ALONE- VICTORY and ENDURENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Zera said...

I think you know mine... :)

Jacob R Parker said...

Sweetness. I'll enter: yodeling dwarf (at) gmail (dot] com . And I posted about it over at my blog. Hopefully people follow the link over for a shot to win as well.

Reesha said...

Very cool. I love the cover. I'm glad I didn't know it had Christian parallels at the beginning.
Sounds awesome!

Posted a link on my blog:

And I just became a follower thanks to Jacob R Parker from the Yodelling Dwarf. It's always fun to find new blogs. Good to meet you! :D

Reesha said...

Oh, oops. And my e-mail is:

smilerjg (at) gmail (dot) com

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Thanks Spiderman ;)

Reesha, thanks for the link!

Seth said...

Oh, thanks Nathan, you know my email but just for the sake of following the rules, is my email.

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Sure thing Seth

And I don't have your email STORED so that's good ;) lol

Madison said...

Cool blog by the way!

~Prism~ said...

Please enter me twice:

girlofmanycolors (at) gmail (dot) com

I am also now a follower :)

God Bless,


Kat Heckenbach said...

Please enter me in the contest.

I'll add myself as a follower, too :).

Silver said...

ha, why not?


JT Norlander said...

I'm in. :)

Ivorydancer said...

I'm in!

my email is:

Ivorydancer said...

I just gotta say... tis strange how similar oldest children can be :) I was watching your Smokey Mountain vid and oh how I can identify with you! From little siblings wanting to constantly see the camera... to the constant rest/stops...
The Smokey Mountains is one of our family vacation spots... the vid was great Keeneye ;)

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Thanks for entering guys! I'll try and do the drawing next weekend, or as close to that as possible!

IvoryDancer, yes 'twas a fun video to make :D I wish Youtube would let me post the rest of the trip's. They got better :D

Seth Skogerboe said...

I would love to sign up! email me at

Wayne Leeke said...

You know, I may just try to win this book; if you say it's a good book I'll take your word on it.

Sign me up!

Ivorydancer said...

I wish so too! Are you enjoying the wide world of blogging??

Anonymous said...

That cover is gorgeous! I"m starved for something to read - I'm in!
My email is
and I am now following you, plus posting about this giveaway!

Jamie said...

oh yea, i'm a follower now too!

Clare said...

Wow that book sounds awesome!! Count me in. :)
Blog on

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good book,so why not enter : )
(I also posted this on my blog )

Nathan R. Petrie said...

IvoryDancer (I would say ID but...well that's kinda weird lol), yes...I am loving blogging :D Though I'm afraid I don't update as much as I'd like.

Lynnae said...

That books looks cool. I'm in and my e-mail address is
For my second entry I'll definitely start following this blog!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll see what I can do, Nathan. : D
So, like, anything about the giveaway?

You know my email.


MaidenOfEmmanuel said...

Hahah, WELL, I'd like to NOT expose my e-mail over a blog comment, but I think you already know my e-mail, otherwise check FB. :)

I'll probably post this link on my blog too. But I'll comment again if I do.


Anonymous said...

When does this contest end?! Just wondering!!

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Princess, I'll do the drawing sometime this weekend.

~Prism~ said...

I posted about the contest:

God Bless,


Ivorydancer said...

Oh... Those who update a lot spend WAY too much time on... so, I guess I'm saying, you have a life besides blogging :)


Christian Miles said...

Ahh, I've already got my fiction pallette full for the next two decades, but enter me. ;-)

Jessica said...

This story looks absolutely fascinating and I am searching for good allegorical fiction. Thank you for having a give away

Nathan R. Petrie said...

It's awesome Jessica. So....I kinda need your email to enter you. Or at least if you win could you email me?

Jessica said...
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Natasha Atkerson said...

I would love to enter this! It sounds like such and awesome book! I eat up books, but I can't find any that are clean! I don't feel comfortable putting my email on here, but if you leave a comment on my blog and let me know if I win, that would be great!
In Christ,

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Nataasha, I am SOO sorry. I forgot to leave a comment here saying I already did the drawing. Just this afternoon. Just barely missed ya.

If you've got the cash though see my latest post for the amazon link. The book really is great.

"Stand tall now and proclaim what you have seen, speak in whispered roars..."