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Number of Pages: 524
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 1.17 (inches)|
Soccer mom in our world. Promised deliverer in another.
Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker.
She was wrong.
Pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a desperate nation waiting for a promised Restorer.
While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and embraces a profound spiritual journey.
Will this adventure demand her life? Can she find a way back to her family? She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?
Kathryn Mackel, author of Outriders and Trackers
Jenny RoseDallas, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointedNovember 9, 2016Jenny RoseDallas, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A soccer-mom type accidentally transported to another world to be a hero and wield a sword. Sounded tempting enough, and it was free. Well, I guess I got what I paid for. Similar in ways to Chronicles of Narnia, but trying too hard to be different.
While the imagery of the alternate world is great, the story dragged on. I liked that the hero was a female, but Susan was wishy-washy. Over half way through the book and she still didnt seem to know what she was doing. There was a sex scene hinted at, it was husband and wife but I dont think it contributed to the plot. When Linette was trying to heal Susan, its as though there is The One, and God with different verses. This could be confusing and imply there are 2 gods, 2 ways, 2 sets of verses (Bible). There didnt seem to be any transition from clumsy and uncoordinated with a sword and hating training, to excelling in sword work. And how is it that she can suddenly train so well with the sword, but then in walking home the pain in her chest returns.
More than once I thought of giving up on this book. I finished it to give a proper review. It is definitely an adult story. No I will not be reading the next one.
Ember's ReviewsAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The beginning of an epic!August 30, 2016Ember's ReviewsAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It took me a short bit to get into the Restorer. It think it was because I initially had a bit of difficulty connecting with Susan. Though I understood where she was coming from, she still aggravated me a bit through the first few chapters. Once she finally begins accepting that yes, she is in another world and not just watching some skilled actors playing out a part (Seriously, why do so many book characters always think this when they time travel/cross dimensions, even though all evidence often points to the contrary? It's getting ridiculous.) that I really began to like her. I began to see hintings of my own struggles in faith in her. Yet at the same time, the depth of her belief was humbling.
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.