Champion of Valdeor by Sandralena Hanley
Alloryn faces a mythical creature to win a fabled sword, is taken under the wing of a mysterious mentor, and sets out to find the lost Princess Lauressa. Her quest is to free the land from cruel rulers and the evil warlord over them all who usurped her throne. Together they search for stones of power, which they win by practicing a corresponding virtue, while facing foes and dangers from every side. During their travels they make many allies, who join with them against the tyrannical warlord in the final battle for the kingdom.
This fantasy story has a fairy-tale feel to it, that swept me away. It is an epic adventure of good vs. evil, that is perfect for any teen. A strong, smart female. A virtuous young man. Both characters are strong in their faith.
This story revolves around Alloryn, a simple shepherd boy who is called to find the country’s long-lost princess, Lauressa, and return her to the throne in order to save the land from cruel leaders. While Alloryn is tasked with returning the princess to her throne, she is anything but a helpless heroine. Lauressa has been trained over the years to not only take care of herself but to be a wise, fair ruler for her kingdom.
There are many great scenes along the journey, but I particularly enjoyed a scene at the beginning where Alloryn’s mentor uses chores and work to prepare the youth with the skills needed for his difficult mission. Alloryn learns his lessons well as he truly becomes the Champion of Valdeor.
This story is bursting with action but also has a wonderful relationship story. This couple is one that you are rooting for from the beginning. She’s a princess from another time. He’s a shepherd boy who becomes her champion. Together they must travel across the land overcoming challenges, defeating villains, and facing tests of valor.
What a wonderful fantasy story for teens.