James R. Hannibal returns to the world of Tanelethar in Bear Knight, book 2 of the Lightraider Academy series. After their initial training and fights with evil creatures, greater dangers surround the Lightraider Cadet Scouts. Teegan, Connor, and Lee must forge alliances with contentious politicians, while Kara must return to her homeland with Tiran to rescue her missing brother. Quest pacing starts off slow but quickens as these two separate plots merge into one, exploring different aspects of the Christian’s spiritual walk with adventurous aplomb.
Best for: Older children and teenage fans of allegorical fantasy adventure.
Discern: Mildly scary fantasy creatures and violence, heroes use faith in the Rescuer (a Christ allegory ) to battle evil creatures in ways that seem magical.