The Dark Eagles First Flight {Review}

The Dark Eagles First Flight

Freedom is a relatively new concept to this world.  In the course of our recorded history only in the last two or three hundred years has mankind been in a position to enjoy the benefits of liberty that were thousands of years in the making.  Aristotle and Plato introduced to the world the concept of the rule of law.  It was their philosophy that gave us the idea that we should be “a nation of laws not of men”.  Cicero, in 30 BC said “We are all servants of the laws in order that we may be free.”  At a time when the world was being ruled by the passions and whims of power hungry men, this is quite a concept.  In 1215, the Magna Carta was signed which gave the subjects of a king rights and limited the power of those in authority.  These theories and events were necessary precursors to the founding of the United States.  It took thousands of years to lay the groundwork for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.  The blood of countless of men and women was spilled in the course of history in order to ensure and then protect the liberty that we now enjoy.

The Dark Eagles First Flight by David R. Smith is first installment of what I anticipate to be an epic battle between liberty and tyranny.  It is the story of Kief, an adventuresome young man who lives in a free land, much like our own was at the turn of the 20th century.  He dreams of nothing more than the excitement that only the sea can bring.  His well planned dreams of learning the merchant trade and captaining his own ship are crushed in an instant as his homeland is attacked by a ferocious people who’s culture teaches them that they must rid the world of all evil.  With the help of some peculiar gifts from Keif’s long since passed grandfather and protection from the mysterious dark eagles, he and a small band of friends join together to resist an enemy who cannot be reasoned with.   The dangers of resisting an oppressive and tyrannical invader eclipse any thrill that the sea may have had for Kief as he and his band learn what is and is not worth fighting for.

David Smith’s character development is wonderful.  As a reader, you quickly get a sense of each character and feel as if you know them.  I appreciated how well their personalities and talents complimented each other.  As I read it I couldn’t help but wish that my boys were old enough to appreciate this book.  At five and two, I’m lucky if I can get them to sit down long enough to eat dinner let alone read them a chapter book, but I just know they will love it when they get older.  Dark Eagles First Flight is full of adventure and my heart was pounding with excitement as I read the last few chapters.  I recommend this book to young and old alike and especially to anyone who loves freedom.

The fun doesn’t end there!  If you go to the website you can read samples from the book, look at a map of Kief’s world and even get instructions and the coordinates to find yourself a free copy of The Dark Eagles First Flight.

There is so much meaning and truth packed into this little book and I saw several parallels between what was going on in Kief’s world and what is going on in our own.  There is great evil in this world and sometimes those who we have entrusted to protect us are willing to sell us out.  There are some people who think that they are smarter than history and they should be making the decisions for everyone.  There are some people who cannot be reasoned with.  There are people who happily give up their freedom and the freedom of their neighbors for the promise of a little safety and security.  There are people who know and recognize evil when they see it and do what they can to keep their head down and protect their own.  Then there are some people who know how important liberty is and those are the people who are willing to put it all on the line to protect it.  Freedom can be lost in an instant, what kind of person are you?

{Disclaimer: I received this book for my family in exchange for a review, I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.}


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved your review and the significance you found in this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I often want to share books with my kids too, luckily my girls are getting old enough that we’re reading some great books together!


    1. Courtney says:

      Thanks Rachelle! I really enjoyed it and found a lot of “meat” :)


  2. David Smith says:

    Thank you Courtney! You captured the very essence of The Dark Eagles in your review. Yes, it is going to be an epic battle between liberty and tyranny. I am almost finished with the second book in the series…


    1. Courtney says:

      Thanks David! I can’t wait for the next one!


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