His choices have the power to save or destroy.
With a loved one’s life at stake, Jake charges through the portal into Lyric to stage a dramatic rescue, trusting that the signs that mark him as Restorer will guarantee success. But everything familiar in Lyric has vanished, swept away by deadly lies and a corrupt king. As forces conspire to turn him from his purpose, Jake finds his path leading to places beyond his courage.
While he confronts the temptation to flee his calling, Susan struggles in brutal captivity. Can she gain freedom before the enemy destroys her spirit, and will Jake choose to follow his destiny before everything is lost?
–Carol Award Winner–
**Alert! Mild spoilers for those who haven’t read the first two books!**
How can you endure when your own mind fights against you?
After yet another harrowing experience in Lyric Susan, Mark, and their son Jake return home. But they are not alone. The villainous elder Cameron and his mind-altering Rhusican partner Medea have escape into their world and vanished without a trace. Though they have taken precautions, Susan can’t shake her fears. She dreads the day they return and knows without a doubt that it’s coming soon.
When her fears are realized and Cameron and Medea drag her back to Lyric, Susan is dropped into the worst trial she has faced yet – the battlefield of her own mind. Locked up and alone in a Rhusican prison, all she can do is pray and wait for the next time her captors come to torture her mind by using her own hurts and fears against her, coaxing all her worst traits and emotions into a frenzy. The One felt so far away, but could He still have a purpose for the pain?
Jake returns to Lyric alone to find his missing mother. Months have passed and nothing is as it was. The people live in fear of their new king – Cameron. The guardians are scattered and in hiding. Worse, no one believes in the Restorers anymore. Seeing through the lies that Cameron spins is easy for Jake, but no one else will believe him. Even his allies have become his enemies. When he tries to fight back he is branded a traitor and spy.
As the country fractures around him, Jake has to let go of his own plans if he wants to save the kingdom from itself – even if it means he might never see his mother again.
Sometimes it’s hard to let go. We have our own plans for our lives, our own goals we think need accomplishing, and sometimes we ignore the better path the One sets before us. Sometimes it’s hard to give up the reins and let him do the driving. Once we do, it can be amazing how everything turns out. We just need to learn to yield.
Though I didn’t quite like this one as much as I liked book 2, it was still an awesome read. This time around we learn a lot more about the Rhusican culture, but there are still a lot of questions left unanswered that I hope to see dealt with in book 4.
My Rating: Five Flames
Drinking/drugs: nothing I recall
Blood /violence: some fights and injuries, several deaths, murders, and attempted murders. Non-graphic.
Other: The Rhusicans have mental manipulation powers they use on many of the characters. One main character is psychologially tortured by them for an extended period.
Amazon Kindle Link:The Restorer’s Journey (The Sword of Lyric Book 3)
Amazon Paperback Link:The Restorer’s Journey (The Sword of Lyric, Book 3)
Happy Reading y’all!