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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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Kandi Wyatt has taken historical fiction and elevated it to a higher level. Her world building pulls you in and puts you right in the middle of the adventure. This is why I love her books. I immediately recogized the story line in her newest book. It is the story of Hagar and her son Ishmael. However, she has taken the information from the Bible and told Hagars story from her perspective. She also removed it from the Biblical time period and set it in medieval times. For me this works so well. We find Faru (Hagar) traded from her mistress to a young Lord. When his wife is finally returned to him, they keep her. Things go along well for years with Faru attending to Lady Cwen's needs. She even finds herself falling in love with a young man named Cailean. But all of this is to change because The Existing One has told him he will have a son.
I will say nothing further because to do so will spoil such a wonderful story. However, if you are familiar with the story you know what will happen. The story is full of hope, love, betrayal and the hardship of living the life of a servant in medieval times. It is also full of hope and trust in "The Existing One". As a Christian it is a reminder to all who follow him that we must always place our trust in God and understand that even through hardships he knows what is best for us. I will definitely recommend this book to others and because it is such a clean read and one that will appeal to teens and adult, will proudly put a copy on my shelves at school. I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next.
Faru is torn between her duty to her Lord and Lady, her commitment to The Existing One, who has spoken to her for the first time in her life, and the desires of her heart. In this story, the lines between the three are very blurred.
I think that’s an example of how our lives often are lived. Following where God leads is not always the easy path. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like it’s the right path, and yet we can’t deny when God asks us to do something.
The character development was also good. Clearly, Hagar, Abraham, and Sarah had major faults, something that is not shied away from in this story. Wyatt took the dark sides of humanity and the beauty of faith and used them to weave a difficult, yet truthful portrayal of the Biblical story. Because the story is based off of real-life events that were far from pleasant, this story was sad to read at points. But it was very well done and made me think hard and go back and read passages of the Bible.
I loved how thought-provoking this book is, and also appreciate the character and plot development. Though the dialogue felt oddly casual at points, the writing style was excellent.
I also appreciated the extra subplot of Faru (Hagar) and her relationship with Cailean. Though not in the Bible, I felt that it was a good addition. It developed Faru's faith in the Existing One (God) and Cailean was a good example of a Godly man. I really appreciated his part in the story.
Overall, I thought this story was excellently done and will be be reading more from Wyatt.