Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Restorer by Sharon Hinck

The attic hideaway her husband designed seemed like the perfect place for Susan to take a break from her frazzled life as a mother of four. Yet before she completes her first journal entry in the solitude, she is pulled into another reality, a world of swords and transports, lighted walls and powerful words.

Confused and scared, Susan learns she has the indicators of a promised Restorer – one of those sent to aid the People of the Verses in time of need. But the other Restorers have been fearless Guardians, warriors. How can an ordinary mom hope to combat enemy forces without and within in an alien world?

I have too many books (I'm even selling some - see this post for more info) . . . or perhaps too little time to read them. So it’s rare anymore that a book arrives in the mail and is read within the week. I simply have too many other priorities, like finding other work now that my bookstore job has come to an end. Or preparing for my brother’s wedding this Saturday – he’s the first one of us nine Hart kids to get married off.

So unfortunately books languish – even books I’ve wanted to read for months or years. Then The Restorer arrived, all 450 pages of fantasy goodness. Within 24 hours I’d devoured it and was going back to reread my favorite bits. Even today as I was preparing for this review, my eyes would snag on a sentence and I’d wind up reading two chapters before I remembered what I was supposed to be doing.

Sharon Hinck has created a compelling tale full of twists, surprises, and enduring characters, set in a fascinating world you don’t want to leave (unless, of course, the assassins are attacking and you’re not handy with a sword). Detailed and rich enough for fantasy diehard, The Restorer is also surprising accessible to those uneager to explore strange new worlds, due to the book’s unlikely protagonist. This book is a keeper and one you’ll want to read over and over again.

For more about this wonderful novel, visit the following blogs:

Trish Anderson
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
Lisa Cromwell
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Russell Griffith
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Heather R. Hunt
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Robin Parrish
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Daniel I. Weaver


Becca Johnson said...

I finished it very quickly too! If I hadn't had things to do, I would have finished it in one day instead of two. :P
Great review!

Becca Johnson

Lydia Netzer said...

Seems like a mother of four is *perfectly* equipped with the skills to handle all that. ;D

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