Wednesday, June 13, 2007
CSFF June Tour presents: The Restorer, by Sharon Hinck
I'm so glad we're featuring Sharon's new fantasy novel. It's great and I think everyone will enjoy it. I've already read the second book in the series, The Restorer's Son. Woohoo! I loved it as well.
Sadly, I will be out of town during this tour and will only be able to post once and a few days early at that. I had hoped to list this month's participants at the bottom of this post, but I had to leave town before I got the correct list. I've listed participants from past blog tours--hopefully most of them will be correct. Please go visit some of their sites and forgive me if some are incorrect. Thanks heaps. :)
Susan doesn’t think she can cope anymore. Playing wife and mother to four children has sapped her energy level to zero and sky-rocketed her stress to the moon. Where is the meaning in sorting laundry, cleaning the kitchen and providing incessant transportation? So much for joy.
But hubby Mark comes to save the day. He creates an attic retreat/no kids zone for Susan’s refreshment. During her first visit she sees a shadow, hears voices, and is suddenly sucked up into a swirling vortex of energy. What she finds when she regains consciousness will changer her forever.
No longer just a soccer mom, Susan is thrust into the role of a lifetime—in another world. Tristan and the People of the Verses are looking for a Restorer, one who can help them battle the evil that has pervaded their land. But how can a woman unfamiliar with the ways of a strange world help at all?
From murder to treason to poison to sword-fighting to war strategy—this plot will have you cheering for the good guys and snarling at the bad ones. You will make friends along the way, some of them unlikely ones. And though the ending is satisfying, the story is far from over.
It’s hard to compare this novel to any others out on the market, although several fiction titles dealing with parallel universes or time travel may coincide in some manner. The only book series I can think of that even remotely parallels this one concerning modern life vs. a medieval-type alternate world is Ted Dekker’s Circle Trilogy. But that’s a very sketchy comparison. The Restorer starts out with a “mom-lit” feeling, but quickly changes into pure fantasy. As such, it proved to be one of the best novels I’ve read all year.
Like me, readers will relate to Susan’s lethargy and depression in regards to real life. If only we could learn lessons and overcome obstacles as she did without adventuring into a new world to do it. I think the author begs us to realize that we can find meaning and purpose in our lives, no matter what our station in life or how ill-prepared we think we are. God is for us and with us, no matter what the circumstance.
I highly recommend this book for its extraordinary writing style, lovable characters, thematic content and elements of suspense. It’s like fantasy for people who don’t read fantasy. And for those of us who do.
The book link
Wayne Thomas Batson
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Kameron M. Franklin
Heather R. Hunt
Lost Genre Guild
Kevin Lucia and The Bookshelf Reviews 2.0 - The Compendium
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Tsaba House Authors
Daniel I. Weaver