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Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2016
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In the third and final volume of the Remnants seriesSeasons of Glorythe power of the Remnants and their people are growing, threatening Pacificas careful plans for domination. Among the Trading Union, village after village, outpost after outpost, and city after city are drawn to people of the Way, and agree to stand against those who hunt them. But Pacifica intends to ferret out and annihilate the Remnantsas well as everyone who hasnt sworn allegiance to the empiresetting the stage for an epic showdown that will change the course of a world on the brink … forever.
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of nearly three million copies sold. She has written bestselling childrens books, award-wining YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, womens nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at LisaBergren.com.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!May 12, 2016BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wasn't sure what to think of this book and often hesitate to review books that aren't the first in the series. I was glad to read Season of Glory and it made me quickly try to get a hold of the first two installments despite already knowing the end.
Although the word of God itself is always the best read around, I especially enjoy fictional stories that hold whispers of God's word through out. This is the case with Season of Glory. Set in a dystopian future, the Remnants are a chosen group of young people that are entrusted with powers from the Maker. They believe in the Maker and the Way. Much like early Bible times, the people of the Way find their numbers are growing. The Maker is changing the hearts of the most unlikely people as the Remnants obey the Maker's leading and walk directly into oppression bringing hope.
Adriana, is one the Remnants, a group of young people entrusted with powers from the Maker. She has just been rescued by her Knight, her protector, Ronin and the rest of the rebels. Together they gather and listen to the Maker's leading. As they obey, they find themselves in the greatest battle of their lives.
What a great book - I can't wait to go back and read from the beginning how it all came about.
Lindsey from BFCGTexasAge: 18-24Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Lots of fighting & killing, but a good ending....March 29, 2016Lindsey from BFCGTexasAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4About this book:
In the third and final volume of the Remnants seriesSeasons of Glorythe power of the Remnants and their people are growing, threatening Pacificas careful plans for domination. Among the Trading Union, village after village, outpost after outpost, and city after city are drawn to people of the Way, and agree to stand against those who hunt them. But Pacifica intends to ferret out and annihilate the Remnantsas well as everyone who hasnt sworn allegiance to the empiresetting the stage for an epic showdown that will change the course of a world on the brink forever.
Series: Book #3 in the The Remnants series. (Review of Book #1 Here! Review of Book #2 Here!)
Spiritual Content- Very much the Light vs the Dark storyline; All about the Call, high gifts & the Way; Many, many, many Prayers; Talking to, Calling on & Focusing on the Maker; Seeing the spiritual realm; Lots of Witnessing & Preaching; Walking the Makers love in people; Many, many, many Talks about the Maker, his plans, guidance & presence, his love & hope, along with listening, trusting & relaying on him and being called; Hs are not capital when referring to the Maker (easy to assume that the Maker is supposed to be God); The Maker (God) is called a few Hebrew names (Shammah, Nissi, Raah, Tisdkenu & Rapha); A few Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; *Spoiler*[ Azarel is an angel. (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; Raniero is an angel & many, many mentions about that fact; Many, many mentions of the Maker; Many, many mentions of prayers & praying; Many Mentions of followers of the Way; Many mentions of thanking & praising the Maker; Mentions of feeling holy (through the Maker); Mentions of the Sacred Words (assumed to be the Bible); Mentions of visions from the Maker & angels; Mentions of miracles; A few mentions of martyrs; A few mentions of sins;
*Note: Gods is said like a curse (like as in [Heck], man, how did you get so lucky?); Talking about the Maker is taboo in some places; The Darkness tries to lure Dri in; Sethos is a dark angel; Mentions of darkness, dark ones, evil places, sorcery, spells & curses; Mentions of spiritual enemies & demons; Mentions of the afterlife (we can assume Heaven, but its never straight out said); A few mentions of fortune-tellers; A few places (and a dress) are called cursed; A mention of meditating (Keallach does it).
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a blasted, an idiot, a form of stupid, and two shut ups; Curses are said not written; Lots & Lots of Fighting, Killing, Hitting/Punching, Battle, Blood, Arrows, Swords, Daggers & where they are aimed/put (all ranging from semi-detailed to detailed); Pain (semi-detailed); Enemies & Trackers (and to kill one you have to cut out their heart or decapitate them); Beheadings & Heads roll (semi-detailed); Hate (including wanting someone dead) & Jealousy; Having to get tattoos & a bit of pain from those; Many, many, many mentions of deaths, fighting, killing, choking, pain, blood & bodies (semi-detailed); Many mentions of hitting, bruises, scars, blood, injuries & wounds (mostly semi-detailed); Many mentions of almost being killed, threats, murders & torture (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of war; Mentions of prisons/dungeons; Mentions of hanging, being executed & excruciating deaths; Mentions of beatings; Mentions of child labor & whips (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of lies; A few mentions of tasting blood; A few mentions of being chained & almost being hanged; A few mentions of the Cancer, illnesses & sickness; A few mentions of drinking, & wine; A few mentions of kidnappings; A few mentions of hunting; A few mentions of being slapped & almost being slapped; A couple mentions of cracked bones & the sound they make (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of burning the dead (barely-above-not-detailed);A couple mentions of vomiting; A couple mentions of poison; A couple mentions of drug dealers; A mention of shooting & eating a goat (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of a butchered lamb.
Sexual Content- neck kisses & nuzzles, jaw kisses, two nose kisses, three head kisses, two not-detailed kisses, four barely-above-not-detailed kisses, two semi-detailed kisses, and two and a half detailed kisses (including one rolling on the floor); Wanting to kiss; Remembering kisses; Many mentions of kisses & kissing; Blushes, Warmth, Heat, Touches, Shivers & Embraces (semi-detailed); Hand Holding; Noticing & Smelling (semi-detailed); A few men gaze, leer & lustfully stare women, including at Dri (and mentions of their looks (& a couple touches) towards them); Keallach says he loves Andriana & wants to make her his; In Zanzibar, men outnumber women three to one; A mention of females being killed; A mention of woman flesh; A mention of being unmolested & a man figuring Dris neck of her tunic; A couple mentions of Zanzibars trading in women; A few mentions of Zanzibar women walking behind their men (hands on his hip); A few mentions of women being sold to pimps & becoming prostitutes; A few mentions of Zanzibars lord collecting women for his harem (he calls it his treasured harem); *Spoiler* [ Less than halfway, Zanzibar changes for the good and everything changes. No more harems, women being owned, etc. (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; A mention of bedding a man; A mention of (Dri) wanting to share a bed with a man (Ronan); A (teasing) mention of pushing together two beds for an engaged couple (they dont end up pushing the beds together though); A mention of a married couple being married in every sense of the word (ie. They consummated their marriage); An asking if Ronan had bedded Dri (no, she is still a virgin); A mention of someone being stunned that another man was able to keep himself from bedding his bride; A mention of a man making his wife his; A mention of enjoying the pleasures of being married; A mention of a man & his many wives (Book #1); A mention of infertility; A mention of a fling; A mention of a courtesan (a prostitute); A couple mentions of other courtesans sitting on a mens lap & kissing them (a men going to bed alone); A couple mentions of making sure men dont see women bathing/naked at a pool; A couple mentions of a bathing area young lovers go to bathe together; Mentions of waiting for the intimacy of those truly married, wanting to become one flesh & consummating marriages; Mentions of being pure & chaste; Mentions of prostitutes; Mentions of flirting & jealousy; Mentions of touches & touching; Mentions of intimacy & desires (along with sinful desires); Mentions of taking vows/pledges of binding to be married & women being claimed; Many Mentions of a group wanting Dri to be someones betrothal; Mentions of being in love & feelings; Love, being/falling in love, & the emotions;
*Note: A mention of butting in to a conversation; A mention of a tight-fitting dress Dri is forced to wear that has a small cut out, giving a peek at her cleavage; A mention of a mothers bosom; A mention of blood trickling down a girls throat into her cleavage; A couple mentions of bare chested men (no details); A couple mentions of a womans curvy figure & ample breasts; A couple mentions of underwear & bra bands.
-Andriana Dri, age 18/19(?)
1st person P.O.V. switches between Dri, Ronan & Keallach
Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star
Early High School Teens- Two Stars
Older High School Teens- Three Stars
My personal Rating- Three Stars
Im slightly numb. Theres a lot of great parts in Remnants: Season of Glorylike all the Spiritual Content, but theres also a lot of gore, blood & killing. Lots. In addition, there were many more mentions of intimate married stuff (thankfully it never goes beyond not-detailed, just some slight hints.) which brings more caution to this series. I enjoy Lisa T. Bergrens YA books, shes a good author that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it looks like its a trend with her series that more mentions of married stuff comes as the series continues. (Im looking at you River of Time series!) Did I enjoy this series? Yes, in some ways. But I cant begin to tell yall about the amounts of blood and killing there are in these novels. Fans of popular secular series, probably wont mind as much, but I found it to bit more than a bit much for a Christian series.
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Blink) for this honest review.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Fitting Ending for this TrilogyMarch 1, 2016SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A little over two months into 2016, and another series (well, this ones a trilogy) comes to a conclusion. On April 8, the final book in Lisa T. Bergrens Remnants series will be available for purchase.
Season of Glory picks up right where book two left readers. One half of the Ailith and their knights have escaped Pacifica. Niero has revealed himself to Dri in order to save Ronan. And Ronan is unsure of Andrianas true feelings toward him after learning she kissed Keallach while staying at the palace. If she truly loved him, why had she kissed another man?
When both groups of Ailith reunite in the citadel, they prepare for their hardest battles ahead. Its time for the citizens of some of the most evil cities to learn the truth of the Way and the Maker, to make a choice in what kind of lives they are going to lead.
This concept extends to everyoneeven the Ailith born. As Keallach joins the others with the intent of bringing Dri and his twin brother Kapriel back to Pacifica with him, a long to be a part of the groupa brother to themgrows within him. But will he choose the Way or the man who taught him everything. Sethos is intent on destroying the Ailith once and for all.
There are so many themes in this book. Good v. evil. Selfishness v. selflessness. God going ahead and preparing hearts along the way, surprising everyone with the outcome. Love. Loss of life. The way of the spirit v. the way of the flesh. Yet Bergren weaves these seamlessly through the story while engaging the reader.
Some scenes brought tears to my eyesthe Ailith lose some of their own in this bookwhile others gave me hope. And the series ends with a little bit of an epilogue which made me happy. I hoped to find out what happens with Dri, Ronan, Keallach, and the others once the fighting ended.
***Zonderkidz provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Glorious ending of the Remnant seriesFebruary 29, 2016MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Back to Pacifica, the Valley, Zanzibar, and Castle Vega. In the last book of the Remnants series, darkness gets darker and light gets lighter. Heavy battles are fought and great losses are suffered by everyone but despite all the bloodshed, the Remnants are victorious.
Unexpected twists and turns and a pleasant reading pace, kept me turning the pages. I have read all three books in the Remnant series with great interest and I think the series got better with each book or maybe it was that I started to love the Ailith more and more. Anyways, it was a great pleasure to read this series and Im a bit sad to say goodbye to the wonderful characters.