Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Victor By Marlayne Giron

A benevolent King; ...his sword of power; ...a ruthless traitor bent on revenge; ...and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne. Who shall emerge as the victor in this epic struggle between good and evil to govern the lives of hapless men?
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I took this picture the first time I met Marlayne in  person!

Marlayne Giron is a wife and mother living in Orange County, California. She currently works as a part-time career secretary and enjoys cooking for her family every night, scrapbooking, making high teas, and entertaining.
At the age of 22 (In 1982) Marlayne was inspired to write The Victor by a line in an Amy Grant song called: "Fairytale" (from her Father's Eyes album). The particular verse in the song which inspired the idea was: "two princes wage the battle for eternity but the victor has been known from the start". The verse made her imagine an evil "Baron" in black armor and knight in shining armor crossing swords over "maiden in distress". She wrote the story in her free time at work on an IBM Selectric typewriter and at home on a Smith Corona Portable.
Marlayne rewrote the story over the course of almost 30 years and made many attempts to get it published for several years but after a 4-year bout with ulcerative colitis that resulted in major surgery, then infertility then the adoption of her daughter and the demands of having to work full-time to pay the bills, she gave up on her dream of The Victor ever being published until April of 2008 when Tate Publishing called to offer her a contract.
The Victor was released on April 14th of 2009 and many doors have opened up for her to get the word out on her book. One of which being that as a direct result of her former employment with John Styll at CCM Magazine 28 years ago (who is now currently President of the Gospel Music Association), both he and Amy Grant now have copies of The Victor and Marlayne's personal copy has been autographed by Amy Grant herself.


I am not a fan of medieval fantasy or historical romance so I really did not want to read this book but how can you tell your good friend "no"? So I plunged in. It took me a few chapters to really get into this book but once I did I could not put it down! It has everything: action, romance, good vs. evil and is the perfect book to give to relatives and friends who do not know the Lord since it is an allegory of the Bible without being "preachy" and has scripture references in the back.  If you like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia you will LOVE The Victor and even if this isn't "your favorite" genre of book you will still really enjoy it.  I recommend this book and suggest you get an extra copy of The Victor as the perfect Easter gift  for those in your family who love to read (especially young teens, both boys and girls) .  The author is willing to personally autograph them for you and ship them out in time for Easter if you contact her via email at:

I was given a copy of this book by the author