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The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Hinck combines adventure with humor in this creative story. The reader is treated to impressive sword battles, an alien mind poison and surprises throughout the book. --Romantic Times
The Restorer is a great book for the hero -- or heroine -- in all of us. Sharon Hinck gives us a beautifully realized world that demands what an everyday, run-of-the-mill mom doesn't even know she has. --Kathryn Mackel, author of Outriders and Trackers
From the first page to the last you will be sucked into this alternate dimension along with its strong spiritual message... --Armchair Reviews
About the Author
Sharon Hinck has experienced many adventures on the road of following Christ, but none has involved an alternate universe (so far). Winner of three Carol Awards and a Christy finalist, she is a wife and mother of four, with an M.A. in Communication and makes her home in Minnesota.
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Unbelievers will probably not enjoy this book; they simply won’t understand it; but I found it far more theologically astute than the average Christian fiction, and it’s a heck of a good story very well told.
I totally loved Kieran, our ever-cranky cynic. The poor guy just can't seem to let himself trust. He makes an excellent contrast to Susan and Tristan, though I often wanted to smack him upside the head for his incredible stubbornness. I so want him to finally see the light.
The story world is not quite what I had expected. I was thinking more "medieval fantasy" but though this world did have elements of that, it was really more of a juxtaposition of historic and futuristic elements. There were fantasy riding animals called Lehkan, yet also unmanned vehicle transports, energy weapons opposite swords, and robes and armor alongside sweaters. You wouldn't think it would work, but somehow it does.
The elements of faith, trust, and surrender run deeply in The Restorer. The people of Lyric have always held true to the Verses, and as long as they have, their protection remains. Now they are beginning to stumble down the slippery slope away from everything they know to be true. Unless Susan can find a way to nudge them back toward the One, Destruction looms imminent.
Only Susan also is stumbling. She cannot truly step into her full potential until she gives it all up to God, or rather The One as he is called in Lyric. Kieran's lack of trust in both others and The One hindered him time and time again throughout what is only the beginning of his journey.
The Restorer is just the beginning to what promises to be an epic series. I'll be diving into the next three just as soon as they arrive!
Romance: Susan is married and there are some kisses and affection between her and her husband, along with one fade-to-black bedroom scene. nothing is shown.
Drinking / Drugs: the villain uses extremely painful truth-serum type drugs on a character during an interrogation scene.
Blood / Violence: there is a good bit of violence in this book. Deaths by sword, torture, interrogations of an enemy's messenger, battles, stabbings, animal attack (offscreen), murder, assassination attempts, and an assortment of other minor wounds. The author does do a good job of keeping things tasteful and not showing much blood.
Other: The enemy's sacrificing of children is mentioned briefly. I believe we will be seeing a lot more about this in book two when the story takes a trip to the country of Hazor. There is also a group called the Rhusicans who can toy with your mind and plant dangerous, even deadly, suggestions.
For me – and I honestly regret it – this particular category of sci-fi simply isn’t that compelling. As George Costanza would say, “It’s not you [Sharon]; it’s me.” But if you get into it, here are 2,000 pages you’re going to really appreciate.