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Her adventure will forever change her family, her faith, and how she experiences love—from the One.
Posted January 17, 2012
I am a long time fantasy lover, yet there hasn't been much in the Christian genre. And here comes this book - not only is it a fantasy but it is about a woman. Susan isn't your average fantasy heroine. She's never described as attractive or strong or even smart. In fact, she starts off suffering from depression, needing a break from it all. This book is unique to the modern Christian fiction market which is why I think this will be a groundbreaking book with (I hope) many others of its kind to follow. Susan goes from fighting grape jelly stains to fighting assassins and enemies of the One. She becomes a Restorer, sent to help the people of Lyric in time of need. Through the process, she finds a new strength in herself and a growing faith in God. She seeks to restore not only this other dimension, but her family, her faith and the souls of many. What better person to do this than a mom? The writing seemed smooth and the characters distinct. Though the ending is predictable, there are still a few twists that may surprise you. I finished this 455 page book within two days, and have read the whole series - looking forward to the expanded edition now. The overall message and symbolism of the story won me over. The way the poison works is a great illustration of what we struggle with today, and the cure is brilliant. The sword at her side gave her great strength in times of need - just like in the armor of God. There are many things like this in the book that underlie the main story; and will make it a good book to read over and over again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2008
When I first heard the premise of ¿The Restorer,¿ I was very skeptical. The idea of an ordinary mom transferred from one world to another where she suddenly becomes a sword-wielding warrior who saves the day was a bit more than I thought I could take. However, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Not only is Susan a thoroughly believable character, but also her sudden abilities have a logical explanation. She is weak when she strives to do things of herself but is strong when the One (God) works through her. While she does lead an army to battle, her primary strength lies in giving encouragement and hope to a distressed people¿something that most moms I know excel at. Overall, ¿The Restorer¿ easily exceeded my expectations both in story and characterization. I highly recommend this tale for any reader¿not just the moms.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2008
I absolutely loved The Restorer! Sharon Hinck is an amazing writer! I loved the intense emotions in this book, it was really cool the way Sharon described how Susan was feeling, and how she could detect what others were thinking just by their facial expressions - especially Tristan. And I loved all her moments with the One ... what it would be like to feel His presence like that as much as she did...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 23, 2008
Maybe I was expected a little to much with this book. I don't think it lived up to what different sources led me to believe, but still, it was worth reading I guess. I'd recommend it to people who have already finished all the other Christian fantasy fiction like The Door Within Trilogy and Echoes from the Edge.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2008
Posted October 27, 2007
Is it fantasy, real, dream or allegory? The truth is, it is all of them. In The Restorer, Sharon Hinck has followed C.S. Lewis in taking her characters into another world. Only this time the traveler, warrior is a busy housewife and mother. Susan Mitchell sits in the chair in her new attic quiet room, her husband, Mark, built for her. However, it is not quiet. The noises coming from the other side of the room keep her from concentrating. As she explores the sounds and picks up items from an old trunk she finds herself on a street in a strange town witnessing a murder. How can this be? The journey home Susan begins takes her into the heart of a physical battle between different nations and a spiritual battle for the very souls of the people. How can a simple housewife be the awaited Restorer? That question is repeated by Sharon and all whom she meets. And as she faces the greatest battle of her life, her heart must learn to rely upon the One in ways she never imagined. Susan¿s adventure will forever change her faith, her understanding of love and her family. This book hooks from page one. It romances the soul. As the reader roots for the people of the Verses and cheers Susan¿s growth, the One romances the heart of the reader. Sharon Hinck has written a new kind of Narnia that will entertain and challenge anyone who opens the cover. Go ahead, open it and believe.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2007
I was drawn to this book when I saw it facing outward on a shelf in my local bookstore, so I began thumbing through it, and couldn't put it down! I've since then re-read it THREE times, as well as given 3 copies away! My fellow fantasy/sci fi friends love it! My guy friends love it! Even my chick-lit-toting-wouldn't-dream-of-reading-fantasy/sci fi friends love it! Sharon draws you into this world of sword fights and political intrigue with a deft hand however, the book is not just plot/story-driven: I found myself caring so much about the characters---they are like dear new friends! I haven't been so drawn into a fictional setting since Middle Earth!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
Fantasy is a genre I don't normally read. It's not that I don't like it, I just have trouble getting into a story where it doesn't relate to what I live in. I'm not saying I don't have an imagination, I just prefer stories that seem more realistic. But when I saw Sharon Hinck had a fantasy/mom lit book coming out, I wanted to pick it up because I really enjoy her writing. I ended up enjoying the book very much. I love how Susan is respected by being the Restorer and that no one doubts her because of her gender. The other world is described thoroughly so I could fully picture the places and people that Susan met with. Since there was so many new things to discover, it does get slightly confusing at times to keep track of everything, but overall it makes the reader able to adapt to the new place. I'm a sucker for sword fights, so I liked reading about her training to use her weapon. I'm glad that she also got to fight in the battle, unlike other Christian books I've read where women had to stay out of the fighting. The other characters are very interesting and it's cool to learn about their culture and how it compares with Susan's. There is a scene near the middle of the book that totally caught me off guard and had made me flip to the beginning for clues. I did enjoy the twist though as it was highly unexpected. The only part that really confused me about this book is that the People of the Verses live in a world where it seems Jesus doesn't exist but Susan does. Obviously I know that there is spiritual allegory with the way they life, but it's just hard for me to grasp this concept. It's a completely different universe where Jesus didn't live in, yet just on the other side he does. But other than this, I did enjoy this book very much. It has changed the way I view fantasy and am highly looking forward to reading the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2007
Every time I opened the book I could almost hear the ring of swords and smell the damp air. Her words reached out, grabbed me, and transported me to another place. The message was great. What a powerful concept, powerfully told.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2007
The Restorer is a fantasy crossover novel by author Sharon Hinck. A significantly different style from her two previous mom-lit books, The Restorer is a foray into a richer, deeper genre. Though I've enjoyed Hinck¿s other works, this new book is a real stand out. Plunged abruptly and unexpectedly into an alternate universe, main character Susan Mitchell must try to make sense of everything around her. Sights, sounds, smells¿ details she is taught about the new land (such as sticky bitum trees common to the area) evolve to application of her new knowledge (commenting how a preening character probably uses bitum sap to groom his perfectly coiffured hair). Susan¿s descriptions as she learns to absorb the all the changes in a world foreign to her help the reader to cross that threshold as well. It¿s the sign of a great author to be able to transport the reader into the land they've created without the reader realizing they've left the comfort of their couch. Especially so in a fantasy novel, where the land is new and everything must be explained ¿ it can often be an uncomfortable process trying to get the reader to `get it¿ without overdoing it. Susan is also a straightforward character everyone can relate to. The book begins with her in a mild depression ¿ feeling that the monotony of her life consists of endless questions from her brood of children, stinky science experiments, lost socks, and chipping jam off the kitchen counters. Transported out of her everyday life and into a whole new world, it¿s rewarding to follow her progress through the various stages of her journey. Susan learns that the land she falls into is called The People of the Verses, held by twelve different clans spread throughout the area. Much like the twelve tribes of Israel, surrounded by hostile lands on all sides, Susan learns that the People of the Verses hold to teaching from the One, with distinct rules to follow and roles to play that define their lives and culture. Once she accepts that she has a real role to play, Susan embraces it. Though worlds apart, Susan finds strength as she discovers that her faith is not so different from the people around her. Susan finds areas with tribes that live simply, with only the most basic of `technology¿ ¿ like the glowing walls of their homes, the use of heat trivets to cook with, and riding on their faithful antlered lehkans. As she encounters other clans and those from different lands she discovers the technology isn¿t quite so tame. High-speed unmanned transports, laser-like rifles called syncbeams, acid-shooting crop-destroying mini-trans and the like are featured throughout the book. The blend of technology coupled with cultural simplicity is different and refreshing. I've read plenty of fantasy and sci-fi books, but I especially like the way that Sharon Hinck incorporates unique elements from both genres in a nice blend without one overwhelming the other. All in all, the richness of detail, strong character development, and a riveting story make The Restorer one novel that I truly enjoyed reading, and which I highly, highly recommend to others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2007
Once you start reading Restorer you wont be able to put it down. Sharon has weaved an amazing tale that becomes so real and makes you feel apart of the story watching events take place before you. her detailing of the places and things paints a beautiful and exciting picture of Amara. it's a book thats at the top with C.S Lewis and J.R Tolkien Narnia and Lord of the Rings, young and old will love it Read it!!! You will not be dissapointed!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2007
Hinck breaks fresh ground in faith-based fantasy, seamlessly incorporating an ordinary woman-next-door into an extraordinary world where she must perform supernatural deeds in order to save a people she's never met. There are no royal bloodlines involved, no thrones to win, and no quest for a talisman. With only an unlikely set of allies and a hodge-podge of archaic and technological resources to aide her, the heroine must truly trust the One to have any hope of victory against overwhelming odds. Hinck's world-building is superb as we meet ethereal Singers and mind-bending Rhusicans, among an array of imaginative new people groups. Highly recommended for any reader who loves a good adventure tale, regardless if fantasy is their genre of choice. There is plenty here for any fiction-lover to relate to, as the storyline inspires the reader to see how an extroardinary God can work wonders through an ordinary person. In our everyday lives, we often encounter situations that place us into 'another world,' so to speak. Hinck's tale ministers comfort and encouragement to anyone moving into an unfamiliar and challenging place in their life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2007
Susan Mitchell is a soccer mom who is feeling just a touch overwhelmed by her humdrum life. But then she¿s pulled into another world where nothing is humdrum, and where she is hailed as a Restorer sent by the One to help His people in a time of great peril. The people of the Verses are as shocked as she ¿ the last Restorer led them in a great battle, and Susan doesn¿t even know how to hold a sword. Plus, she keeps making terrible blunders. How could this unlikely woman become a hero, as the Verses promise? In this excellent Christian fantasy, Hinck creates a world so vivid and characters so real that I literally could not pull myself away from the book. Our Christian faith and the importance of the Word are seamlessly and beautifully woven into the story. If you like well-written tales of adventure and faith, you do not want to miss The Restorer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Susan Mitchell is feeling overwhelmed by the demands of her children and those she makes on herself. Her husband Mark built a getaway for Susan in their attic, but the first time she enters she hears voices before being pulled through a portal into another world. She sees a knight kill a person and realizes she isn¿t in Kansas anymore. Although the knight is mistrustful of her, he takes her under his wing and brings her to his clan in Braide Wood. --- She learns she is in the realm of the Children of the Verses, a group of twelve tribes which believe in the one. They are under attack from many fronts, as Hezon wants to expand and assimilate the Children of the Verses into their own empire and they give the people an ultimatum that they can¿t possible meet. They can get weapons but they can¿t use them have because on the records and in the songs the voice the One says his people can only do battle with swords and the Verses. Cameron the head councilman of the tribes wants to use the sync beam even though it is forbidden and he has allowed the Rhusicans to enter the tribal lands. They invade people¿s minds and poison them in some way so they turn from the One. Susan discovers she is the new Restorer sent by the One with enhanced powers to save his people. She hopes when the time comes she will have the courage to do so. --- The world that Susan enters is full of high tech superior to earth¿s but it¿s people have the same feelings, needs and hopes as they do in our own world. The people are waiting for their Deliverer while in our own world the Savior is believed by many to have come. There are plenty of surprises in this inspiring novel. The heroine is courageous and vulnerable at the same time in this new world where she has a connection with the One. Fantasy fans will thoroughly enjoy this exciting and character driven high fantasy tale. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2009
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Posted December 1, 2009
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