An absorbing allegory of a young man who becomes a soldier in the army of the King. Lanus learns to fight using the weapons the King has provided for him, especially his shield and sword. The more he uses his sword, the lighter and easier to use it becomes. One day when the enemy surrounds the castle, Lanus and his friends learn the ultimate secret of the shining sword. An inspiring book for teenagers and older readers. 157 pages; paper.