Terrestria Chronicles

Have you ever read or listened to the Pilgrim's Progress? It is perhaps the most famous allegory of the spiritual journey. The Terrestria Chronicles, by Ed Dunlop, are very similar in nature, but with a medieval theme and a fantasy twist. Terrestria is a land ruled by King Emmanuel. In this series, we follow the adventures of Prince Josiah, the decisions he makes, the consequences of those decisions, and what he must do to overcome them and walk rightly before his King.

We received books 4 and 5 of this series, The Crown of Kuros and The Dragon's Egg, for review.

From the website:

"The Castle of Faith is in an uproar when the priceless Crown of Kuros is stolen in broad daylight from the castle keep. All evidence points to Morphina who is in league with Argamor. Prince Josiah, Prince Selwyn, and the other knights of the castle engage in a quest to find the crown before it falls into the hands of Argamor. But Josiah alone can recover the crown, and to do so he must engage in an impossible battle. This fourth adventure, the very heart of the Terrestria allegory series, will challenge the reader to surrender his heart to the King."

"When Princess Gilda and Prince Selwyn refuse the offer of a gift forbidden by King Emmanuel, Prince Josiah accepts a gift forbidden by King Emmanuel not realizing that his actions will impact the Castle of Faith. For a time, the young prince is able to conceal his act of treachery, and it seems that all is well. But when a Cararian Greatwing—the fiercest of dragons—begins terrorizing the kingdom, Josiah learns too late that he is powerless to control the beast that he has unleashed upon Terrestria. This fifth adventure in the Terrestria allegory series will challenge the reader to guard his or her heart for the King."

Price: $7.99 each or $39.99 for the complete set of 7 books (a real value if you buy all 7 books). There is also a study guide called A Visit to Terrestria that can be purchased for $5.99 to go along with this series. Ed Dunlop also has a new series called Tales from Terrestria.

What we liked:
  • a fast and captivating read
  • symbolic character names
  • thought provoking
  • mysterious
  • inspirational
  • teaches spiritual lessons
  • provokes good discussion
  • each book includes a glossary and castle facts at the end of the book
  • a good reminder that we are storing up our treasure in heaven
  • a good lesson on surrendering our whole heart to the King

What we did not like:
  • In a couple scenes, Josiah walks into the Lake of Destiny and sees the future based on the different choices he makes. I think this scene would have been better if Josiah had seen this in a dream or a vision, rather than the use of the lake to show him his future.
  • The Littlekins - little people that represent "little sins" - reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels and a little too fantastical for me (while this is a fantasy series - I saw it more as an allegory).

While this is intended to be a series that is read in order, we had no problems jumping in with books 4 and 5 (after all, that is what we were sent). But, since this is a sequential series, I would have much rather started with books 1 and 2. The books do a good job of filling in information, so we did not feel lost; however, we do get a glimpse of what happens in the earlier books. Even so, we still look forward to reading them.

My Crew mates reviewed other books in this series, so be sure to read their reviews to see what they think of The Terrestria Chronicles.

I received this product for free for the purpose of this review and no further compensation was received. I offer my honest opinion. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for this! I had been thinking about these books for my son---his name is Josiah:)