Book Reviews

Wars of the Realm Trilogy by Chuck Black Review

Genre: Adventure Fiction, Christian Fiction

Age Level: twelve and up

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Maggie

“To fight what others can’t, Drew Carter must see what others don’t.”

With action, intrigue, and a dash of true love, Chuck Black weaves another great tale that is sure to impact you even after you close the book.

The Wars of the Realm Trilogy begins with Cloak of the Light, followed by Rise of the Fallen, and ending with Light of the Last. This series keeps you clinging with every turn of the page, and the characters are unforgettable.

Cloak of the Light starts off with showing us Drew Carter. Heartache, misery, and pain seem to follow him everywhere he goes ever since the fateful day his dad died. After an accident from a failed lab experiment, Drew is left blind and his tech-genius friend, Ben, disappears. But one day, he miraculously receives his sight, except…he didn’t just regain his sight, the accident somehow heightened all his senses. More than that, he can now see ferocious beings at war, invaders in America that no one else can see. With Sydney Carlyle’s help, a girl who is intriguing and different, Drew must head down a road to find Ben and discover the truth about these invaders.

“Drew is caught in a world of light- just inches away from the dark.”

I enjoyed this series very much. Black creates an amazing story line with many Biblical truths sprinkled throughout. There are a few points where it gets a little hard to understand what is going on and a few times when the plot reaches a dull point. But it’s all worth it in the end. You are sure to find yourself diving into a memorable world that pushes through to the very end and growing with Drew along the way. This book series is a clean read, but due to some intense fighting scenes, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under twelve. A great series to start this summer.

Issabelle Perry is a proud Jesus follower, an extroverted writer, and a homeschool graduate. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, jamming to Skillet, studying history, hunting for Narnia in wardrobes, or envisioning herself wielding a magnificent sword (but due to her clumsiness, let’s hope that never happens). This self-proclaimed exclamation mark enthusiast can be found hanging out at Teen Writers’ Nook, a community of teen authors Issabelle co-founded in 2020. She is the author of Don't Let Me Go (Sky's the Limit Press 2024), May We Make Them Proud (2023), and a co-editor for two anthologies. What she’s probably doing right now is fangirling about her favorite books to random people or scanning the pantries for chocolate.


  • Addie H

    AmAzInG review, Issa!!! I wholeheartedly agree that there are some parts in the series where the plot point grows dull, and in the last book there are some parts that are hard to understand..
    I read the whole series when I was 12 and found it absolutely fascinating!!

    Loved this!!

    -Addie xx-

    • Maggie

      THANK YOU, ADDIE!!!!!!! *bows dramatically* XD Yeah, it’s there, but it doesn’t change how GREAT AND AWESOME the book series is!!!!!!!!!! Wow, I really just finished the this series like in June I think, but that’s REALLY COOL!!!!!! YES, IT IS SO FASCINATING!!!! Actually, it was this series that made Chuck Black a favorite author of mine, IT’S THAT GOOD!!!!!!!!

      Aw, THANK YOU, GIRL!!!!!!
      ~Issa <33 <33