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Plunged into the gray world of Lyric and Hazor, Susan and Mark search frantically for their teenage son, Jake, as all signs hint that a trusted ally has betrayed them and threatens their son.
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Plunged into the gray world of Lyric and Hazor, Susan and Mark search frantically for their teenage son, Jake, as all signs hint that a trusted ally has betrayed them and threatens their son.
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Susan, who defended a distant world in an alternate universe (see The Restorer), tries to readjust to her normal life as a housewife. Then, she returns to that other world to rescue her son. Kieran, who succeeded Susan as the Restorer, sacrifices his desires to accept his role as the one who will save his people. A nice blend of CF and fantasy. Hinck lives in Minnesota.


—Tamara Butler
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  • ISBN-13: 9781600061325
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Series: The Sword of Lyric Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon Hinck holds a BA in education and an MA in communication. Besides writing, she enjoys speaking at conferences, retreats, and church groups. Her first novel, The Secret Life of Becky Miller, released in 2006. Sharon and her family reside in Minnesota, in a home that doesn’t have a finished attic. Visit her online at www.sharonhinck.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Just as good as the first!

    The Restorer's Son was just as captivating as the first book in the series. I enjoyed following Kieran on his spiritual journey, even though I wanted to smack him a few times. I can't wait to read the third one, I'm sure it'll be just as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    A Great sequel!

    This book was just as good as the first one. I can't wait to read The Restorer's Journey!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Restoring my faith in great fiction

    Another winner in the Sword of Lyric series by Sharon Hinck, The Restorer¿s Journey is an action-packed fantasy grounded in harsh reality. The narrative alternates between two main characters: Susan, the Restorer/soccer mom from the first book, 'The Restorer' who becomes a prisoner of the Rhusicans while her son Jake, the new Restorer, tromps around trying to find both his bearings and his courage. Jake struggles with his new role as the Restorer and tries to triage the multiple injuries of the land ¿ plus rescue his missing mother. Not a stand-out leader initially, Jake is knocked around, beaten up, tied up and taken for a forced march, and even killed 'several times' ¿ but heals from everything until he learns to follow the One¿s direction and truly be a leader for the people. After seasons of trial and suffering, the People of the Verses begin to restore order and return to their sacred roots. In the meantime, Susan is kept a prisoner of the sadistic mind-reading Rhusicans. Through her experiences of deprivation and mental torture, Susan connects even deeper with the One, and is able to forgive and pray for her enemies. The strength and reality of Susan¿s relationship with the One literally unhinges the Rhusicans so much ¿ this formidable power that they can see but cannot control ¿ that they decide to release Susan, who demands the release of all the other prisoners as well. Susan and the others escape and make their way to the capital city of Lyric as Jake and his army of Guardians are reclaiming the city. All in all, it¿s a riveting story. This is not a sweet bedtime book with a happy little moral at the end - it¿s not a standard fantasy novel in any way. It¿s a harsh spotlight revealing a couple of very real characters in deadly situations that don¿t play out easily. Both Jake and Susan suffer terrible things, yet each does so with an amazing attitude of gratitude to the One whom they serve. They continue to seek His face and direction regardless of their individual circumstances, whether they are running for their lives, or trapped and alone with no hope for relief or release. It¿s truly an astounding book to read. We all face trials and difficulties in our own lives. We may at times petition God to help us out of our troubles. But it¿s rare to choose to remain in the trial so that we might find God¿s will for us, for our lives. I know it¿s a struggle for me personally to be faithful and trusting when it seems like everything is crashing in around me. But it¿s good to be able to take comfort in a book that tells it like it is, and doesn¿t make light of life. Books like The Restorer¿s Journey are real sources of inspiration. It doesn¿t need to be non-fiction to be encouraging. And this book proves it. Sharon Hinck has truly become one of my all-time favorite authors. She has shown time and again that she can tell an awesome story and make it hit home with depth, passion and conviction. Her books have an honored spot in our home library, and I hope that many will find her works as enjoyable as I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Get Ready for Another Thrilling Adventure!

    The Restorer's Son picks up where The Restorer left off: Jake, Susan and Mark's teenage son, has slipped through the attic portal into the land of the People of the Verses, and Kieran is bitter and angry about his role as the new Restorer. Now the Mitchells must find their son, and Kieran must struggle with the One's purpose for his life. The Restorer's Son is a rollercoaster ride of action and emotions. You don't have to be a fan of fantasy to enjoy this book... the basic themes of accepting who God's created you to be and the plan He has for your life, are universal. Sharon Hinck weaves her words with care. In more than one instance, I found myself tearing up after a particularly touching scene. And during the climactic ending, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. As with The Restorer, The Restorer's Son concludes with a question that leads straight into the next book. I for one can't wait to find out what comes next!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Great fantasy for non fantasy readers

    Like I've said before, fantasy is a genre I don't normally read. I have a great imagination but outside of Star Wars, Narnia, or LOTR I'm not too good with imaginary worlds. However, this series has totally bridged the gap between women's fiction and fantasy allowing the two audiences to enjoy the story. With a modern female lead character, the audience is able to relate to both the outside world and the world beyond. I loved returning to the world of the Lyric. It felt like returning to Narnia or going back to Middle Earth, seeing familiar faces again. I liked reading the story from Kienan's POV this time around. It was interesting to read about the reluctant and unwilling Restorer as opposed to the I'm not sure what I'm doing Restorer that Susan was. The battle scenes aren't as intense as they were in the first book but I cringed every time Kienan would slash his hand just to prove a point. Just like in the first book, there's a shocker in the middle of the story. Call me clueless but I totally didn't see it coming. Let's just say it makes you really think about who the title of the book is supposed to be for. The ending is a cliffhanger and I'm dying to know what happens next. It makes me want to go up to my attic space and snoop around for a secret portal. What C.S. Lewis did for wardrobes, Sharon Hinck has now done for attics.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    enchanting fantasy

    At the battle of Morsel Plains, the Children of the Verses defeated the Hazer army with the help of the Restorer Susan Mitchell, who came from earth to the world of her husband Mark via a portal in their attic (see THE RESTORER). When the couple returns to earth, they learn their son Jake also went through the portal so they go back to retrieve him. Susan is no longer the Restorer as that mantle and associated responsibility has passed on to Kieran, who refuses to perform the role. --- Kieran and Jake meet when the former flees from the attacks of Kahlarian assassins. They travel together to the capital city of Lyric where Councilman Cameron tricks Kieran so that he looks like a traitor. They escape and Jake is left with the Braide Wood clan while the banished Kieran travels to Hazer. He fights against doing the bidding of the One until he finally accepts his fate. Eventually the new restorer, Jake, and his parents meet up just as hostilities seem imminent between Hazor and Lyric. --- This enchanting fantasy is filled with plenty of action, political intrigue, sublime religious overtones that fit nicely into the storyline and exciting battle scenes. Susan¿s role has changed from when she was the Restorer as now she introduces the readers to her replacement. Having Kieran become the Restorer is ironic as he refused to be touched by the One¿s love. Hick¿s world is an interesting place in which the Creator shows his power in everyday life the description of this orb is so vividly alive, readers will check their passports to see the stamp. Fans of Karen Hancock will enjoy the entertaining RESTORER¿S SON. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Fantastic Fantasy: be swept away

    In The Restorer¿s Son Kieran fights with the One over his selection as the next Restorer. He¿s an outcast among his people, and can¿t imagine how he will serve as their rescuer. Then the One tells him to take the message of the One to the people of Hazor. This does not seem like a job for a Restorer. Susan and Mark are back this time hunting for their son who slipped through the portal. The book is told in first person from Kieran and Susan¿s points of view. Each character has a distinctive voice ¿ no chance of mixing them up. I could easily relate to Kieran¿s struggle with God¿Does God love me? Why would He love me and care about me? This can¿t really be His call on my life. He must have the wrong person¿but wouldn¿t He know that! Sharon paints powerful word pictures of these other worlds. I felt like I was returning to an exotic location I¿d visited long ago. And yet the descriptions were rich enough to easily carry the uninitiated straight into Lyric, Braide Wood and Hazor. The author¿s creativity in constructing an entirely new world that is unique yet easy to picture is amazing to me. I honestly can't think of anything I would improve on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2009

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