Here is NavPress’s synopsis of the book:
Chosen to save a people, called to serve an enemy.
Plunged again into the gray world of Lyric and Hazor, Susan and Mark search frantically for their teenage son, Jake, as all signs hint that a trusted ally has betrayed them and threatens their son. Assassins and political intrigue, false leads, and near misses beset their path, which will lead them into the dark prisons of Hazor before the One’s purpose is revealed.
Cast out by those he trusts and preferring to cross swords with the One rather than submit to His will, Kieran flees to enemy Hazor, only to find that the one knows no borders. Pursued by his calling, Kieran journeys to Sidian, where he finds a boy without a home, a king with burning questions, and a nation torn by darkness. As he embraces the tasks the One has set before him, this new Restorer learns that the One requires his all-perhaps even his life.
This is a very good fantasy, albeit a little strange and unique. I enjoyed the ease in which Sharon moves real life characters from one dangerous situation to another tender and heart-warming one within a few pages. The balance of characters was ok, even though there were quite a few. There were two points of view in the book: Susan’s and Kieran’s. Each had lengthy sections at a time, but the transitions were slightly abrupt. The message of the Gospel to any non-believing reader was unmistakable.
What this book means to a Christian: God is everywhere, and he has a plan for everything and everyone. Sometimes there are things we think HAVE to happen, but he says “Yield,” and we don’t want to, and maybe it takes multiple times to submit, or maybe we abandon His reasoning altogether, but the point is that He has a purpose for everything we and others go through. As Steven Curtis Chapman said in his song “See,” “But right now, all I can say is ‘Lord, how long before you come and take away this aching?’ This night of weeping seems to have no end. But when the morning light breaks through, we'll open up our eyes and we will see it's everything that He said that it would be and even better than we would believe”
My rating: 5 stars.
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