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. Assassins, 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 yield to His will, Kieran flees to enemy Hazor, only to find that the One knows no borders. Pursued by his calling, Kieran 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.
The Restorer’s son picks up pretty much where the Restorer left off. **slight spoilers for those of you who haven’t read The Restorer** A very relieved Susan and Mark have made their way back home safe and sound from their harrowing adventure in the grey lands of Lyric. This should have beeen the end, right? But no, they couln’t posibly get off that easily! No sooner do they get home they find that their son Jake has stumbled through the portal! Now they have to go back to lyric and get him.
Kieran never asked to be the next restorer. Surely the One made a mistake! Kieran doesn’t even believe in him, not really anyway. Confused and angry, Kieran is determined not to be what he is destined to be and fights it every step of the way. He refuses to stand up and take his place with the council. Instead, he runs, and stumbles right into a bucketload of trouble and one very confused teenage boy. Now battling to right the consequences of his mistakes, he travels deep into the lands of Hazor – and right into the One.
We get to see a lot more of Hinck’s story world this time around, traveling to Hazor – the enemy kingdom from book one – instead of just moving throughout the clans. Hinck’s world is well thought out and very realistic. You can almost imagine it really existing somewhere.
All the characters from book one are back, only this time we have everyone’s favorite grouch, Kieran, as out viewpoint character for much of the book. The rest still belongs to Susan and her desperate search for her son.
Susan may have been a reluctant Restorer, but Kieran is downright belligerent. If there were a prize for stubborn, I say Kieran takes it. He may have to follow the plans of the One, but he will do it kicing and screaming most of the way. His impusliveness gets him into as much trouble as does his stubbornness. Yet even though he keeps getting himself in trouble, he still manages to bring about the one’s purposes.
I liked Kieran a lot more than I liked Susan. He is just loaded with snark, and his grumpy nature can be surprisingly endearing at times. It’s easy to relate to him as he struggles with the One’s plans for him. I think we all are that way, to same degree or another.
We all want to go our own way. After all it’s better, safer, more fun, right? Yet He keeps working on us in ways both big and small and he can use even our faults to coax us in the direction we need to go. We just neeed to learnt to trust him, to yield. After all, he knows a heck of a lot more than we do!
My Rating: Five Flames!
Romance: prettty clean. There is a mention of one unmarried couple having a child and hintings of immorality in the country of Hazor.
Language: clean, unless ou count made up fantasy replaements such as caradung!
Drinking/Drugs: some ddrugs are used for medicinal purpose. The priestesses of hazor are shown to be drugged out.
Blood / violence: there is more of this than in book one The Restorer. There are several fights, deaths, asssasins, prison time (With hintings that people are being tortured offpage) mulitiple injuies, murders, and attempted murders – all non-graphic
Other: The people of Hazor sacrifice children. There is one attempt made in the book.
Happy Reading y’all!