Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles

Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles

by Amy Brock McNew

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Overview

Liz Brantley has a gift she wants to return.

Able to see and fight demonic forces, she has spent her life alone, battling the minions of hell bent on her destruction, running from the God who gave her this curse. Drawn to her abilities, the demon Markus unleashes havoc on her hometown and pulls Liz further into the throes of battle.

She’s desperate for a normal life.

When she meets a mysterious man who seems unaware of the mystical realm that haunts her, the life she’s always wanted moves within reach. But her slice of normal slips from her grasp when an old flame, Ryland Vaughn, reappears with secrets of his own. Secrets that will alter her destiny.

Torn between two worlds, Liz is caught in an ancient war between good and evil.

And she isn’t sure which side to choose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943788064
Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Series: Reluctant Warrior Chronicles , #1
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Whoa! Amy took me on an adventure I was not prepared for with REBIRTH! I knew it was going to be action-packed, but it was so much more than that. Action, forgiveness, love, rebirthing. It was awesome. Though I confess I am not the biggest fan of heavy romance, it was actually one of my favorite parts of this story. I loved how real it was. There was no being fake or about how hot the other person was (yes, there is an obvious attraction that's voiced, but it was not overboard). The relationship was one of fighting together as a spiritual team, which I feel is so important in any relationship/marriage. I was so glad that Amy portrayed this in a beautiful, strong way. Something that opened my eyes after reading this story was that spiritual warfare is ugly and brutal. REBIRTH is quite violent and at times, I didn't want to keep reading how a demon "died" or Liz (or another character) was bleeding what could be to death. Amy gave me a reality check. Though I can't see the battle around me as Liz can, it's not glorious or beautiful as I think I have made it to be in my mind. I'm not quite sure why I thought this, but I'm thankful that Amy wrote such a gutsy novel to help me see this fact. Definitely reminds me (and what Liz learns) that on our own we cannot withstand the enemy. It's only through Christ and His strength alone that we can resist evil and really fulfill our God-given calling. I mentioned that the romance was one of my favorite aspects of this book, but there were two scenes I didn't fill comfortable with. Nothing inappropriate, just something I didn't necessarily agree in how certain situations were personally handled. Overall, this was a powerful, action-filled read. I am eagerly looking forward to book two and recommend REBIRTH to readers who like an edgy, thoughtful urban fantasy read.
LaurinB More than 1 year ago
Oooh, this is a good one! Rebirth is a fascinating picture of what spiritual warfare might look like in the physical realm. Liz and Ryland are captivating characters: both are complicated by their pasts, needing to let go of who they were and what they’ve done and let God use them as He will. Sometimes I wanted to smack Liz and ask her why she insisted on being so stubborn, but the more you read, the more you get to know her and understand her motivations – beautiful character building! My favorite line? “No one else can fulfill your calling.” Kind of sums it up for me – no matter your situation (whether you are fighting off demons with a katana or flipping burgers in a fast-food joint), you have a purpose, and God will use you for His glory, if you let Him. This book was an excellent read: moments of heart-pounding excitement, blended with flashes of heart-rending realism, mixed with a dash hopeful expectancy, Rebirth is one I’d highly recommend.
Mrs_Worthington More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book had me riveted from the opening chapter and I just couldn't put it down! I had no idea what to expect from it, and was constantly surprised, intrigued and excited to turn the page. The characters are complex, each with their own secrets, their own difficult past, and seeing them collide together is riveting. The main character, Liz, is plagued with guilt from regrettable life choices and struggles to let go of the past and that guilt, to accept forgiveness and love. Battling demons with a gift that she doesn't want doesn't help matters any. Her story weaves faith, forgiveness, love, spiritual warfare, angels and demons into a beautiful story tapestry. Each chapter is full of intense action, powerful angels and terrifying demons. Not one moment is boring or slow! Amy Brock McNew has crafted an intense, fascinating story that will suck you in and leave you breathless for more.
JaneenIppolito More than 1 year ago
((I received a free copy of Rebirth from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review)). This book delivers on all counts. Rebirth is an intensely emotional thrill ride of faith, love, redemption, and spiritual warfare within the physical realm (aka, lots of fights scenes against demons). And I’m going to have to buy a hard copy just for the cover. One defining attribute of urban fantasy is author voice. A strong voice covers a multitude of small issues with plot, characters, etc. A flat, obnoxious, or nonexistent author voice is a surefire reason to close the book. McNew’s voice is vivid and memorable, with a nice edge of sarcasm and a heart-rending ability to pour herself onto the page. She’s said many times that Rebirth is drawn from personal experiences, and that gives the novel a sense of authenticity and truth that propels the reader through every scene. Love it or or hate it, there is no denying the potency of McNew’s narrative. Liz and Ryland are a solid addition to the alpha male/sassy, kickbutt female duos in urban fantasy fiction. They fight baddies, they fight each other, and when they’re on the same side? They’re a force to be reckoned with. The supporting characters are also solid, and like Mike Duran’s The Ghost Box, McNew manages to find a way through my ‘no angels in fiction’ blockade. Her world-building of angels/demons is simple, fits a Christian worldview, and most importantly, acknowledges that both sides are warriors of either God or Satan, instead of just having them fighting for vague ideas of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ (a pet peeve of mine–if you’re going to use biblical concepts, then go all the way, please). At times, I felt like the book came on too strong. One moment when Ryland was confronting Liz about her bad habit of running away from people who love her involves him grabbing her, hoisting her over her shoulder, and then physically restraining her until she breaks down. I know these are tropes of urban fantasy, and I get that it’s part of this couple’s unique dynamic. To be fair, McNew emphasizes that Ryland is gentle with his restraining. Even so, this scene, and other fiction that uses this kind of scene, makes me feel a little uncomfortable and queasy–which likely wasn’t the author’s intention. Note: this is a PG-13 read. Lots intense fight scenes, some strong sexuality, and a hefty dose of the gritty darkness that you would expect from a story involving spiritual warfare and broken characters. Final Verdict: Rebirth is a forceful, emotionally potent urban fantasy story that pulls no punches and delivers on action, strong characters, romance, and a satisfying conclusion.