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- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B012P6LE3S
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The Calling (A Seer Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition
"The Fire Queen" by Emily R. King
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After Remko and Carrington left the city, life has not been easy for them. As the story continues in ‘The Calling’, Remko and Carrington are married and have a 4 months old daughter.
The Authority has a new president, namely Damien Gold. The man is ruthless and the people of the city are afraid of him. Nearly everyone who doesn’t follow the rules is set to be an example to the rest of the people and is publicly executed. The Authority is doing everything they can to control the people of the city. Just outside the city limits, stands a medical facility. It is there where people are being taken and when they return they are different than before.
The Seers – of which Remko has become the leader – are trying to get Sleeper Seers out of the city to serve the calling together with them out in the wilderness. But it gets more difficult with each rescue mission and not all missions have the desired result. People in the camp are getting restless and demand an explanation from Remko, who himself is also confused about his calling. Fear is a constant companion and Remko’s lack of self esteem is pushing him over the edge after something terrible happens to the Seers.
Rachelle Dekker has written a suspenseful follow-up to ‘The Choosing’. From page one, I was hooked and didn’t want to stop reading – but sometimes life happens and you just have to put away the book. But each time, I was anxious to get back into the story, eager to find out how things would continue. Could there ever be a satisfying ending to this story? Although, ‘The Calling’ isn’t the end of the Seers series, the ending is satisfying and leaves the reader eager for the next one!
There is lots of action, twists and turns, and nail-biting close calls as well as calming, peaceful moments of spiritual refreshment (the field scenes). The descriptive words of this author will draw you in and make you feel every moment with the characters.
At the end of the first book they are escaping toward freedom and hope for a better life outside the city. In this second book, they are struggling to stay free and constantly in danger. You'll rejoice with each successful rescue and you'll cry with each death and capture. You'll gasp as things appear to be falling apart and then you'll wonder at the apparent miracles that will lead you to an ending you won't want to miss. I'm now on pins and needles waiting for the third book!
*Thanks to Tyndale for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
Even though this book is a sequel to the first and takes place in the same world and involves many of the same characters, this second book felt different than the first. This one seems much darker as we read page after page of Remko doubting not only himself and his ability to lead, but also doubt Aaron and his direction. Carrington was a strong character in the first book but is almost completely forgotten in this one as Dekker chose instead to focus on the struggles of her husband Remko. And again, the story is dark. There is doubt, there is deception, there is death, there is betrayal and there’s nothing to lighten the mood or bring hope until you get to the last fifteen percent of the story. There is also some shaky theology. In the first book, Dekker’s allegory was vague, but still mostly sound. Both books read VERY much like her father’s devotion book “The Forgotten Way” in that it focuses almost completely on being blinded by the world and not living in the reality of who we already are in Christ. But in this second book, the Aaron character makes a statement towards the end of the book that said “I can’t save you, I never could”. It’s been implied all the way through that Aaron was the allegorical Jesus in the book, but this statement would have never come from Christ. He said I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me. So even if the Aaron character was talking about saving them physically in this world, or talking about not being able to make the choice for them and Remko needing to choose himself to follow in faith, it’s a shaky theological point in the book at best and just plain false at worst.
Dekker is more than a competent writer. She has the ability to be great and there are moments in both of these first books where she proves that. But this book gets only three stars because it’s a little too similar in the world building and feel of almost all of the other popular dystopian stories out there right now, too similar in story to many of her father’s works, and too border line on theology to be able to recommend to others. I will read the third book with the hope that it’s clearer in its theology and that it does something to set itself apart in storyline.
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