For a few years, our family has seen Terrestria books by Ed Dunlop advertised in Christian book catalogs and on a few Christian bookstore shelves. They’ve peeked my eldest son’s interest as a lover of fantasy stories. However, we never took the plunge to pick up a copy and start reading through this adventure series.
Now, P’s first comment was one of disappointment that we’d received books 6 and 7 in the series. I can appreciate his desire to read a series in order. That’s typically how I approach books published in a trilogy or series. So, I decided that I would be the one to read the books and then we could work on finding copies of the other books for him.
Maybe it’s being a bit overtired from a fussy baby or just in response to the general state of chaos that seems to linger around us post move. Or, it could be that as an adult the allegorical nature of the stories seems to ‘obvious’ at times for me. Other allegorical books (e.g. Narnia) didn’t seem as focused on the message rather than weaving a great story. Whatever the reason, these books are just NOT catching and pulling me in.
However, I am continuing to plug along with the stories. They are not a “bad read” and I think the boys will enjoy the medieval setting for the stories. For anyone not familiar with certain terminology (e.g. parts of a castle), there are glossaries at the back of each book.
I do appreciate having another option for stories with appeal that do not have big red flags going up for me with topics. As the boys get older, I no longer can prescreen every book they read. So, finding Christian fiction for tween and teen boys is awesome. I am going to try getting the first 5 books in the series for the boys to read as it did seem like they should be read in order.
Each of the Terrestria Chronicles books retails for $7.99 or can be purchased as a set for $47.99. A study guide has been written to use with the series and is available for $5.99. Mr. Dunlop has also penned a companion series, Tales from Terrestria, with books that do not need to be read in any particular order. To date, there are 3 books available in that grouping of titles with a total of 7 planned.
As always, you can read what other TOS Crew mates are saying about The Terrestria Chronicles on the TOS Homeschool Crew page. Our family was provided with one installation of in exchange for our review. No other compensation was provided to me and the opinions expressed in the review are my own.