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Chosen Ones

January 21st, 2011

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The land of Aedyn is a paradise beyond all imagining. But when this paradise falls, strangers from another world must be called to fight for the truth.Peter and Julia never suspected that a trip to their grandparents' home in Oxford would contain anything out of the ordinary. But that was before Julia stumbled upon a mysterious garden that shone on moonless nights. It was no accident that she fell into the pool, pulling her brother along with her, but now they're lost in a strange new world and they don't know whom they can trust. Should they believe the mysterious, hooded lords? The ancient monk who appears only when least expected? Or the silent slaves who have a dark secret of their own? In a world inhabited by strange beasts and magical whisperings, two children called from another world will have to discover who they truly are, fighting desperate battles within themselves before they can lead the great revolution.

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Science Fiction The land of Aedyn is a paradise beyond all imagining. But when this paradise falls, strangers from another world must be called to fight for the truth.Peter and Julia never suspected that a trip to their grandparents' home in Oxford would contain anything out of the ordinary. But that was before Julia stumbled upon a mysterious garden that shone on moonless nights. It was no accident that she fell into the pool, pulling her brother along with her, but now they're lost in a strange new world and they don't know whom they can trust. Should they believe the mysterious, hooded lords? The ancient monk who appears only when least expected? Or the silent slaves who have a dark secret of their own? In a world inhabited by strange beasts and magical whisperings, two children called from another world will have to discover who they truly are, fighting desperate battles within themselves before they can lead the great revolution.
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  1. Melissa
    January 21st, 2011 at 14:20 | #1


    500 years ago there had been a terrible rebellion in Aedyn. The traitors had won and given those who resisted the option of death or unquestionable obedience. Those who choose obedience had since been subjected to harsh slavery. Many had forgotten their roots–that once they had been a peaceful people ruled by a noble man who was guided by the Lord of Hosts. The years of oppression had led the people to despair and their only hope lay in the hands of two strangers whose arrival had been prophesied for centuries.

    When Peter and Julia (ages 14 and 13) were called to Aedyn, they were simply two young children, staying for a few days with their grandparents waiting for their father to arrive and tell them exciting news. Never did they dream that one night they would find themselves transported to another world to act as deliverers for an oppressed people. They were not heroes when they left Oxford, but by the end of their journey, these two children would learn how to overcome some of life’s toughest struggles–ambition, deceit, and selfish desire. In a story which reflects several Biblical events The Chosen Ones is a delightful start to what looks to be an entertaining children’s series.

    The Chosen Ones is very much a children’s story. It has some similarities to the Chronicles of Narnia, but these seem to be intentional and not at all an attempt to mimic the series. The reader is given some creative, fantastical, images along with nice action sequences that should allow this book to appeal to a broad range of children. Though most kids should easily be able to read this book on their own, like the Narnia series younger readers will enjoy reading it with a parent. There are some nice analogies as well as Biblical references which make for good conversations. Unlike the Narnia books, though, this one is not as ageless. The recommended age is 9-12, which I think is about right (younger if the parent is reading). Whereas I still love reading the Narnia books for my personal enjoyment, this one is more to read with my kids.

    Since this is a children’s story, not a lot of time is wasted on descriptions or flowery settings. For the most part we get a general idea of the surroundings and move on. The same is true for the characters. Not as much background as I would like, but quite appropriate for the intended audience. My main problem was a difficulty in determining the timeframe for the Oxford portion of the story. The book starts out `Once upon a time’, but several references were made to Boy’s Scout, which was founded in 1907. Kids probably aren’t going to care, but there wasn’t enough information given to pin point the time frame and that bothered me. It made it hard for my imagination to grasp the environment. I was uncertain of the kid’s background and any shared common ground with today’s children. Nit-picky maybe, but it prevented my imagination from filling in the blanks.

    Overall, this is a sweet story with some good lessons for kids. The black and white drawings are a nice touch and something kids will enjoy. There is no objectionable content and is a nice choice for kids who loved the Narnia series and would like another clean, safe, fantasy series.

  2. Sarah Schopp
    January 22nd, 2011 at 14:58 | #2


    Fiction, fantasy, young adult

    The Chosen Ones is an allegorical fantasy showing us the battle that people go through when deciding whether to be on God’s team or not.

    This was the first in a series, and I was glad to see that it did not end in a cliff hanger. The writing was simplistic and unpolished. I found the story to be an okay plot, but I am fairly picky in my fantasy expectations.

    Two children find a pool in the backyard of their vacation home and fall through it into another world. They are assigned a quest to save the kingdom and even have a prophecy about them.

    There were a few typos and it really wasn’t a book that I would read again, but if you are looking for a light fantasy this is a good choice for you.

    Thanks to Pam at Zondervan for providing a copy of this book for me to review.

  3. Reader Views
    January 23rd, 2011 at 14:45 | #3


    Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 12) for Reader Views (07/10)

    “The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones” by Alister McGrath is the story of two kids, Julia and Peter, who found a mysterious garden behind their grandparent’s house in Oxford, England. When they entered the garden and walked through the fountain, they suddenly found themselves in a mysterious new land. Soon after they found themselves in the new land of Aedyn, they were chased by mysterious hooded riders. Can Julia and Peter escape the riders before they are caught?

    After reaching the great citadel of Aedyn, Julia and Peter were confused because all of the houses seemed empty. Later they reached the main castle and were confronted by silent, hooded guards who escorted them to the throne room of the Lords of Aedyn. There Peter and Julia met the three Lords of Aedyn – The Leopard, The Wolf, and The Jackal. The Lords had many hooded slaves who showed Peter and Julia to their rooms and then stood there, silent shadows. Will Peter and Julia be able to uncover the secrets of the slaves and the deceptions of the Lords before it is too late?

    Peter and Julia led a relatively normal life until they went to visit their grandparents in Oxford. Then everything changed. They were brought into a world where three tyrannical lords reigned supreme. The lords were waited upon by silent, hooded slaves that served their every whim. When the Lords tried to exploit Peter’s knowledge of science to suppress a slave rebellion, Julia realized that if she was to help the poor slaves she would have to take matters into her own hands. Can Julia prevent the complete corruption of Aedyn or will it fall into a state of anarchy and evil?

    I would recommend “The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones” to people who like fantasy and adventure. Full of suspense and the occasional bit of humor, this was a great read. The cover illustration aptly set the scene for a book with action and adventure at every turn. The book was pretty fast paced and I finished it the day after I started it.

  4. Acquafortis
    January 23rd, 2011 at 17:31 | #4


    Sometimes I thought I was reading something similar to Narnia but less beautifully written.

    It wasn’t that bad but it seemed an already told and retold story. Easy going and at times absorbing.

    Very exquisitely rendered the pictures even on an ipod touch.

  5. Cassi
    January 25th, 2011 at 17:32 | #5


    this book is a must buy for fans of C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia”, espiecailly the lion, the witch and the wardrobe. it is a book full of mystery, excitement and betrayal. i simply couldn’t put it down; it seemed like a fast read, but that could be me. If there is a second book out/coming out (I’m not entirely sure, the fact it is entitled: The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones DOES hint to me there will be more) i will definatly buy it. It’s a good book, maybe a little over priced, considering the longer books i can get for less, but all in all a great must-read.

  6. Debbie
    January 26th, 2011 at 00:33 | #6


    “Chosen Ones” is a Middle Grade fantasy novel, but I think kids ages 5-9 would actually enjoy the story (being read to them) the most. There were some black and white drawings of the events in the story, but unfortunately they weren’t that accurate to the details in the text.

    The first half of the story was full of detail–most of it unnecessary to the story–which slowed the action. Very little happened. Many of the details were also very obviously based off of various “Chronicles of Narnia” books, but the details the author chose to mimic were not the sense-of-wonder inspiring ones. The kids (one named Peter) jump into a glowing pool at a Professor’s house in England and end up on an island that has smart (though not talking) animals and people and they’re expected to fulfill a prophecy. In the second half of the novel, the action picked up and the story became original.

    The characters tended to be one-dimensional; they were defined by one trait and didn’t act beyond it. Also, most of the potential crisis points where solved very easily and quickly, so the suspense was lacking in my opinion–though young children might find it exciting.

    I sometimes didn’t understand why the children or villains acted the way they did. For example, no explanation was given for why our hero children (aged 13 and 14) still went to the castle after they ran into evil warriors that were clearly from the castle. Also, there were a number of unrealistic non-fantasy elements. Most were minor things that weren’t critical to the story, but others were critical–like a slave being able to create a complex technology that’s new to him from a sketch in one day.

    There were some quotes from the Bible, though anyone not familiar with the Bible probably wouldn’t recognize that’s what they were, and some Bible-like parallels (like a Passover-like meal of remembrance). The slaves worshiped a Lord of Hosts, their name for their Creator god. The two hero children had one magical power, and another, good character could do magic. There was no bad language or sex.

    I read this story out loud to a 12-year-old girl. She fidgeted during the first half but became more interested during the second half. Throughout the story, she said things like, “Why did they do that? That doesn’t make sense” or “Yeah, right, no one’s that dumb” or “No kid would know how to build that!” At the end, she said, “I still don’t get such-and-such.” However, she said she did enjoy the story (though she’s not interested in reading it again–usually she re-reads books that she loves), and she’d be interested in reading the second book in the series.

  7. Cson
    January 26th, 2011 at 19:36 | #7


    Peter and Julia’s grandparents’ garden was built by a monk five hundred years ago in preparation of the Chosen Ones. He was murdered shortly after. Now, even on moonless nights, the garden emits an eerie silver glow. Enchanted, the children are drawn into the garden’s pool, waking to wind themselves in the land of Aedyn.

    If this book was any more of a Narnia copycat, McGrath would probably be sued for copyright infringement. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing; almost everybody copies somebody else to a certian extent, so why not copy one of the masters?

    Chosen Ones get no points for originality, but you still won’t be able to keep from liking it. It feels like reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe again, just with half the kids and an alternate ending.

  8. Clarice Bean
    January 28th, 2011 at 08:14 | #8


    Alister has made the move into the influential fantasy fiction market after concentrating on his main gifts in theology and apologetics. The result is a well crafted, enjoyable story that is fun and positive. We really need more books like this and I hope it does well. It does have a Narnia-esque feel to it as others have pointed out but that in no way takes away from it’s own charm.

    Other christian fantasy books I really like are:

    Godstone – The Kairos Boxes

    100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards, Bk 1)

  9. Wyn
    January 28th, 2011 at 15:15 | #9


    Julia and her brother Peter are drawn into the fountain in their grandparent’s yard on a silvery night, drawn into another world where they meet an 500 year old monk who knows the legend of 2 children who will come to rescue his people from their oppressors. The story is appropriate for children and early teens, it does not have an overabundance of description or character depth but enough to understand what the land is like and what the people are like which is appropriate for that age. Similar to the Narnia chronicles but perhaps simpler. It moves quickly and has several lessons which are slipped in without preaching or disrupting the narrative. It could be read by a child or read to younger children by an adult. There is some violence involved in the fighting around the castle so perhaps not appropriate for very young children. It is a good delightful story for 9 year olds.

  10. City Of Rocks
    January 29th, 2011 at 05:03 | #10


    Absolutely lovely. I wish I could just leave it there, because really, you just need to read it and treasure this work along with the children God has brought in your life that you may guard their souls.

    The lessons so valuable: The importance of selflessness, the problem with wise-seeming mistakes, the traps of pride and the treasures of grace, victory, and devotion ring so clearly in this work, with warmth, sweetness, and grace, and ending with a lesson all children should have the advantage of learning before thy reach their adult years: utter and complete disaster came because people loved power more than people. It’s how sin entered the once-lucifer who through his lust for power became satan (which means adversary or slanderer) and who then led our race into sin and destruction.

    While the character Julia serves as a type of Christ, it was refreshing to discover the distinction made in the end of the book, for even in fiction, the accomplishments of Christ belong to Him alone.

    I absolutely loved this book and am looking forward to more. This book was a divine gift to my family-I know the perfect child with whom to share this lovely treasure for the soul.

  11. ChibiNeko
    January 31st, 2011 at 15:11 | #11


    Another reviewer stated that this book copies heavily from the Chronicles of Narnia & they’re correct. From the very second the two children appear in Aedyn, I began to see the multiple similarities between the two. Just like in `The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe”, you have children who must save the land from an evil ruler (in this case rulers) & you have a mysteriously powerful figure who helps lead the children (although the person in this isn’t a God stand-in). If this book wasn’t well enough written, it could have turned out badly. Thank goodness that it didn’t. I only hope that in future books, he goes off on more of his own thing.

    Peter & Julia are two siblings vacationing at their grandparents’ house. They’re waiting for their father to come on shore leave & visit them. However, before he can even arrive, Julia begins to see the strangest thing in the little garden next to the house- everything in it glows silver at night. As she & her brother investigate, they get sucked into another world where they discover that they must rescue it from the cruel leadership of the people who currently run it.

    This book really did have a nice bit of charm to it. I will admit that I found both of the children a little selfish at first, but it was intentionally done for story purposes later in the book. The book is well written for kids & while it has some violence in it, it isn’t listed in detail. (So parents shouldn’t have any problem with their kids reading it, but as always- to know for certain, you should read the book along with your kids.) As said in the title, this book is less subtle than the Narnia books when it comes to the religious content, but it doesn’t beat you over the head with it.

    My only gripe is that the story seemed to go by a little too quickly & I really wanted to get a little more detail about the strange world as well as a bit more detail about how everything got wrapped up in the end. This is the first in a series, so I imagine that there will be more detail as the series unfolds.

    Not all adults will enjoy this series, but kids are sure to love this book- plus it should appeal to even those who aren’t fans of religious reads. It’ll make for a nice read to buy for those summer trips that are sure to be coming up soon!

  12. S. Brooks
    February 3rd, 2011 at 21:12 | #12


    While investigating a mysterious silver glow in an ancient garden, Peter and Julia are magically transported from their grandparent’s Oxford home to a strange new world. Aedyn is a beautiful and mysterious paradise ruled by three tyrannical Lords. Believing they have come to fulfill and ancient prophesy, Julia and Peter are heralded as the “chosen ones.” Faced with a mission to rescue those enslaved by the evil kings, Peter and Julia must discover if they have what it takes to restore the land of Aedyn to its rightful ruler.

    I read a few of Alister McGrath’s academic theological works when I was doing my undergraduate studies. I wasn’t sure if he would be able to communicate on a young adult level (primarily because this guy is brilliant), but he exceeded my expectations. I really appreciate that he didn’t dumb down these books. They are very well written and use excellent vocabulary words. The story is age appropriate for the younger tween/teen crowd, but engaging enough to keep my attention as well.

    The books is beautifully illustrated – every so often there is a black and white sketched illustration to accompany the story.

    Chosen Ones certainly has a Narnia-esque quality to it. If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia series, I’m sure you will also enjoy the Aedyn Chronicles by Alister McGrath.

  13. Mr. J. Doe
    February 4th, 2011 at 06:45 | #13


    Much of beginning is slow and descriptive. The author doesn’t express the the feelings, of the characters, through actions or dialog, but simply tells you what they are thinking, seeing, and doing. The book had a cold feeling to it that by ch 4 i couldn’t continue, i may start up later because the pace should pick up again and the prologue was ok. to be continued…

  14. David Little
    February 4th, 2011 at 08:08 | #14


    Very much a Narnia copy in my humble opinion with the author aiming for the 11-13 age group (?). Perhaps a first draft? It’s a relatively nice idea and with work could result in a better told story.

    Without ruining the story too much; I wonder if the main point is that we should only forgive those that are truly evil but not those that work for them … most of the evil lords’ soldiers in the book being done away with, with out much remorse as far as I could tell. Aren’t they husbands, brothers and fathers too!?

    If you managed to pick up the free version it may be worth a read … being relatively short…

  15. Dr. David Steele
    February 4th, 2011 at 22:16 | #15


    I could not resist reading The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones by Alistair McGrath. Dr. McGrath combines his skills as a theologian with a vivid imagination to produce a tale of adventure and good versus evil.

    Peter and Julia are the main characters who enter an enchanted garden, similar to the world of Narnia that was conceived in the mind of C.S. Lewis. Peter is captivated by an Enlightenment influenced worldview while Julia is more emotive, dare I say “postmodern.” She comments at one point, “Truth isn’t always logical.”

    The two main characters enter the land of Aedyn and face the challenge of “freeing the slaves.” They are to restore the land to the Paradise of the Lord of Hosts. These slaves are captives to the so-called Lords of Aedyn: the Jackyl, the Leopard, and the Wolf. The Lords of Aedyn are a wicked lot and seem to bear a strange resemblance to the world, the flesh, and the devil.

    While the primary task of Peter and Julia is to free the slaves, there is an over-arching theme that points to a Deliverer, the Lord of Hosts who will “visit and restore his people.” One character notes, “The Lord of Hosts will visit and restore his people. He has seen our suffering at the hands of our oppressors, and the time has come. He has raised up a deliverer who will break the power of the dark lords.”

    The Aedyn Chronicles is a fun read. Children over the age of eight should be able to pick up the main storyline and enjoy the action and adventure. However, something larger is at stake here. McGrath seeks to introduce the Christian worldview to his readers and he does so quite skillfully. The key themes of covenant, kingdom and Christ emerge in a subtle and powerful way. This story unlike many popular fantasy books (use your imagination) finds righteousness reigning. Evil is presented in vivid terms, but righteousness clearly wins the day. Finally, I see The Aedyn Chronicles an effective means of discussing the Christian worldview with my children.

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