The Kingdom and the Song by John DuncanThe Kingdom and the Song by John Duncan

The Kingdom and the Song

byJohn Duncan

Paperback | December 12, 2016

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An orphan kid delivered in a backpack, a refugee girl scrambling to save her life, the two sons of a failed village chief and an old miller. What can you do with such a motley crew? They stood penniless and very much alone against a villainous king and his great army of heartless horsemen. All the friends had was loyalty, love and a faith in the Lord of the Forest. Everyone thought they were crazy, and in a sense they were – crazy enough to believe that “right” could conquer “might” against all odds.

Our story takes place far away and a long time ago, in a world in which three peoples lived in determined isolation, even though their borders touched one another. The “people of the forest” lived in a simple life in small scattered villages. They were farmers, but had no concept of land ownership. They “borrowed” land from the forest and cleared small plots and grew their crops, but when the fertility diminished, they gave the land back to the forest and cleared another field. They were the “free men of the forest” and their observance of the ways of the forest was their expression of faith in the “Lord of the Forest”.

In the higher land above the tree line, the “mountain people” lived a pastoral and hunting life. They were organised only to the extent necessary to support one another in the harsh environment.

The third of these peoples needs little description because their life was so like our own weary existence. This folk had originally come from the forest. Having rejected the Lord of the Forest, they also despised his ways. They had descended into a vast valley and had cleared the land and set up towns and one large walled city where their king lived. Although it was the mightiest, it was also the saddest group in our story. The society had degenerated into a group of people scrambling to climb the social ladder by treading on those below and flattering those above. The monarchy had sunk down to a vain, pathetic dynasty who ruled by the principle of fear and with the help of an oppressive army of soldiers. It was a godless, soulless place where “wealth accumulates and men decay”.

With growing boldness, the king sends his cavalry deeper and deeper into the forest, with brutality and fear as their weapons of choice.

How then could this be? It was because the village leaders of the forest had forgotten the great stories of old in which their heroes chased out the Kingdom’s soldiers in a great demonstration of both boldness and faith. The village chiefs, the elders and their folk all trembled at the thought of confrontation, and turned a blind eye to the obvious oppression. But all was not lost. A handful of people didn’t just believe in, but were also ready to live and die for the old ways and they dreamt of the time when the forest’s “Freemen” would be truly free again.

They boldly set out to free a prisoner and everything flew out of control. Common sense said to run for their lives, but love and loyalty said otherwise. With every step things get worse and their desperate spiralled into confusion.

In the midst of all this chaos, little did anyone know that everything was being orchestrated by invisible hands. The Lord of Forest was using them to pick a fight, a fight with a mighty king, and instead of lining up an army, he sent a few friends who would stand – and fall – together.

Title:The Kingdom and the SongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.66 inPublished:December 12, 2016Publisher:John DuncanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3000553924

ISBN - 13:9783000553929

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"I love this story - an upside-down kingdom where friendship, faithfulness, courage and love ultimately overcome. Love the characters, love the adventures, love the hope. A great book to be enjoyed by both young and old. “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” CS Lewis. This is a GREAT children's story. I would love to read a sequel one day" "A joy to read. I got lost in their world and could hardly put the book down. Beautifully written in a style that reminded me of CS Lewis's Narnia, books that I reread every few years. The Kingdom and the Song will be another book in that list of books that get reread. " "I found this to be an unexpected and delightful book - a book that should be read across all ages - for children ,for adults ,for parents, for grandparents -- for us all. It is surely an inspiration for the down of heart - a joy for the robust of heart. ... It exudes joy and enthusiasm, and moves with excitement and the unexpected. I found it difficult to put down once started. ... A very nice book indeed." "Simply written, compelling read. It touched a chord in my 60-year-old heart." "This is a very enjoyable allegory, which starts slowly, and gradually gathers momentum till towards the end it was hard to put down. It portrays the conflict of good and evil personified, with the final triumph of good. It is a great read." "A really good book, tastefully written with action, excitement and a good moral. Well worth the read, whether young or old!" "This first novel by John Sanderson Duncan was a joy to read. There is adventure and suspense. There are beautiful descriptions of nature.There is poetry in the songs. The recurring song of the book is the message that finally defeats evil. The message worth reading and thinking about. We need to stand up for what is right and be willing to be counted. If we don't, the wrong will take over. I enjoyed reading the book and encourage others to do the same." "A great read, for young people and adults alike - plenty of action and suspense, along with a struggle of good against evil - spearheaded by the young characters in the book, who overcome their own fears before the final showdown." " I usually read detective stories! - but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it - a great story really well told."