In the tradition of Stephen Lawhead and Elizabeth Chadwick, Marlayne Giron writes epic fantasy fiction centered around traditional Christian values. Her work has been compared to Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Her latest book, The Victor, is an inspirational historical fiction book - written for ages 12 and up - that is destined to become a classic. Perfect as a homeschool resource, this spellbinding tale is set apart from other Christian fiction books by her subtle but powerful method of presenting Christian principles embedded in a majestic adventure that is gripping, riveting, and engaging for readers of any age.
"The Victor is an epic adventure of love, loss, and triumph over evil. Giron’s characters leap off the page into medieval battles, jousts, quests, and romance. Fans of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and medieval fantasy will not want to miss out on this classic tale!" - Tosca Lee, NY Times Best Selling Author
"I loved this book. The author had me at castles, sword fights, and a gentle romance, but the novel reveals an eternal story of good vs. evil that is much deeper than just what’s on the surface. Middle and high school students (and their parents) will love this account of adventure, drama, betrayal, sacrifice, and ultimate victory." – Karen Koch, former editor of the Christian Home Educators Association of California Magazine
"Author Marlayne Giron has woven together a fast-paced adventure and a tender love story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, even as they are caught up in the lives of believable characters, both good and evil. The Victor will introduce – or reintroduce – readers to the majestic story of the Bible, a story of love, redemption, and victory. Though aimed at high-school aged readers, adults will be captivated by it as well. Highly recommended!"– Kathi Macias, bestselling author of nearly sixty books, including the 2011 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award, “Red Ink”.
A benevolent king, his sword of power.
A ruthless traitor bent on revenge, and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne.
Who shall emerge the victor in this epic battle between good and evil to rule the lives of hapless men?
"The Victor is an absolute "literary masterpiece" that should be required reading in High Schools across the land. In fact, if there was a required reading list for Christians, The Victor would have to be on it." - Robert Heath, Founder/Director of Kids for Christ/USA
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“I've been homeschooling since 1992 and recommend The Victor with Companion Lesson Plan for advanced Language Arts students in upper middle school through high school.
The Victor is a medieval fantasy with poetic language, intense scenes, and a classic good vs. evil plot. The reading level is a stretch, and the content contains sexual innuendo and violence, so it's not for struggling readers or for younger advanced readers.
The Lesson Plan explores the language and Biblical symbolism of the novel and works especially well for Christian homeschoolers. Because the Christian Bible plays such a powerful role in history and sociology, however, I recommend this book and lesson plan for non-Christians as well.
Lesson Plan contains a vocabulary list, chapter summary questions, pronunciation guide, guide to allegorical symbolism, short biography about the author, and a bit about the armor that knights and their horses wore during medieval times. End of chapter questions about content are interspersed with ideas for further study, and essay topics.” – Kathryn A. Frazier, homeschooling mom
“I am a teacher and love the fact that the book "The Victor" has an accompanying lesson plan. It is complete in every way. We want our kids to become critical thinkers and with the lesson plans Marlayne has for this book there is no doubt that you are asking the students to think critically. The vocabulary lists were phenomenal. I actually use this with my students in my classroom. Pick it up to go along with the book, it is worth it.” – Sandra K. Stiles
If you had one deep, heartfelt wish, what would it be?
Then suppose that wish came true in story form, but it wasn't like you expected but exactly what you needed to hear?
Make a Wish is a compilation of short stories that grant wishes to real people where they are the "star" of their own story.
What is your wish?
Cindy Sproles, Speaker, Writer, Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver and Gold of Writing
What Marlayne Giron has done with the hardships of life is nothing short of amazing. It has often been said there is a silver lining beneath every dark cloud. Although, that is a gentle word of encouragement, the difficult part is fighting through the darkness to see that glimpse of silver. Make a Wish takes the hopes of the oppressed and hurting on a journey into their dreams to search for the silver lining. Even when circumstance will not allow for a physical change in reality, one can never stop the heart from dreaming...wishing...hoping. When we can do that beneath the wings of Christ, the silver lining becomes nothing less than golden. Marlayne Giron has taken these true-to-life wishes and adorned them with jewels of hope and encouragement. She has taken the idea of a wish, and in the gentleness of her words, turned back time for just a moment...because sometimes; all we need is a moment.
Making a Wish will stir your heart, swipe at your emotions, and make you stretch your arms toward the love of an amazing God. Stretch--dream--wish...for wishes can come true. - Cindy Sproles, ChristianDevotions.us Editor
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Book
I wasn't sure what I would think about this book as I don't usually read short stories; however, this book turned out to be exceptional and far above my expectations. Each chapter tells you a little bit about a real-life person and then has short story based on a wish they have. The real-life stories are emotional, but the fiction stories based upon them are real tear jerkers. Marlayne Giron's writing brings the stories to life and I actually felt like they were happening. I found myself crying several times, which at one point was a bit embarrassing as I was in a hospital waiting room. However, do not get the idea this is a sad book, these were tears of joy and happiness. The characters faith in God shines through in every page, and a few times I felt my faith being strengthened. I would highly recommend this book. Wendy Jones
It started with the crop circles, followed by the disappearance of cattle. Then he appeared. He was obviously old order Amish. He did and said everything right, but no one knew what family or farm he belonged to. He worked in the fields and barn raisings like everyone else and was in every respect just like one of them...except for his silver eyes. Despite his quiet and respectful demeanor, the community of Bird-in-Hand was leery of him. Everyone avoided him...except for Rebecca Esh.
Two star-crossed lovers whose romance not only endangers the Amish family who takes him in, but also puts the world he and his brother came from in great peril.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amish Romance
I am sitting here typing with a very stiff neck from sitting up late last night to finish the ending because I could not sleep without finding out how it ended. The book held my attention from page one! I couldn't wait to see how this novel would end and was wondering if I would be disappointed in the ending. I wasn't. The ending was so bittersweet, and I will not give it away but am wondering, however, if there will be a sequel? If so, it will be on my reading list.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I am usually fairly eloquent but for once I am struggling to describe this book and trust me that is a good thing. What genre does it fall into, it's Amish, it's contemporary fiction, it's a romance, it's a mystery, it's sci fi, it's fantasy, it's Christian, it's biblical, it's paranormal, in fact it's all these and more wrapped up into one fantastic story. I started reading with a little bit of trepidation as I'm not really a paranormal fan and I was a bit puzzled as to what it was really all about, and how Amish and Paranormal would fit together. However, I like Amish books so I thought I would give it a go. Giron's writing soon swept me up into the story, and I was completely hooked. I loved all the characters, and they were all true to life. Seth and Silas's characters were extremely well drawn, and I could picture them perfectly. It's a story where you need to suspend belief and go with the flow and it is extremely entertaining, involving and engrossing. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I couldn't figure out at all how this was going to end, and when the end came it was a complete surprise; however, I realized the clues were there all along, and I should have known this is a book that everyone should read, whatever genre you like. There is something here for everyone. Buy it and read it immediately. You will not regret it. It is 100% entertainment. Wendy Jones
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