Hidden Rebel (Change Hearts Series) Paperback – July 31, 2017
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“Hidden Rebel” has a kick-butt, strong female heroine named Aria. Aria disguises herself as a male in order to fight for her kingdom and find the weapon used to defeat the evil encroaching upon her kingdom. I love the way she fights. She fights better than most of the men. Her fighting seems like a combination of martial arts and the normal fighting of the medieval time period.
Aria learns a lot of lessons along her jouney. At one point, Aria longs to fight, but she must remember that the battle is the Lord’s and she must trust Him. He calls her to train and prepare. I love the lesson that God fights for us and we just need to trust in Him.
There is a lot of spiritual content in “Hidden Rebel.” I would caution those who are wary of reading about spiritual warfare. It does talk about that a lot and about evil and its presence. The story also felt slow to me at times, although I did enjoy it. Ms. Janene has obviously done her research, which shows in her writing.
Overall, the book has a great main character and a lot of great lessons and spiritual content, although the pacing seemed slow to me at times. I would recommend it to those who love the medieval time period and a book packed with spiritual content.
Content: I would give this book a PG-13 rating. Some examples of the content are: men drink alcohol; there are some descriptions of battle scenes with blood; a man curses but the words aren’t actually written; it is implied that a man intends to rape a girl, but it doesn’t end up happening.
Rating: I give this book 3 stars.
I want to thank Michelle Janene and Celebrate Lit for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
Hidden Rebel is the third in a series (which I didn't know), but that was ok as it stood on it's own. I am not sure if any of the characters are linked.
This was about a woman warrior who is on a mission to find a weapon that will stop the wipeout of her kingdom. It started off with a bang as she enters the story quite heroically especially as she is dressed to look like a man and everyone believes her to be. King Edmund asks her to stay at his kingdom so that he and his men can help her look for this weapon that is supposed to be there.
The story takes a turn that I was not expecting and like Aria, I felt trapped and restless as she is basically held prisoner it seems for her own good. She seemed to go from this warrior knight to a woman who is helpless to leave. During this time of struggle for her she is given a "page" who is a young girl whom she develops a strong bond with. A lot of the story is about their growing relationship and their growth as characters, especially lessons about trusting God.
This was an easy read and I felt pulled into the story. The story does pick up again and there is a trace of romance within.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Aria struggles to see her true worth. She is humble and kind, as long as she can keep her distance.
What I loved most was Aria’s willingness to give everything. While she did withhold her love, she was willing to give her life for God’s plan.
The plot and storyline were solid, with well-rounded characters and an enjoyable setting.
I won’t give away the ending, but when Aria has the chance to save her kingdom, her courage will be tested beyond even what she expected.
The fact that Aria is a woman and is the best fighter in at least two kingdoms brought some humor and some hardship to the story. When we learn why she is so humble, it was a bit of a surprise, at least to me.
If you enjoy medieval christian fiction, be sure and check this book out. It is book 3 in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. That being said, do I plan on going back and reading the first two books? Without a doubt, yes.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.