About the Book
Book: Forsaken Island
Author: Sharon Hinck
Genre: Christian Romantic Epic Fantasy
Release Date: September 15, 2020
On an uncharted world, happiness is effortless and constant … but can true joy exist without sacrifice?
The people of Meriel have long believed their island world floats alone in the vast ocean universe, so they are astonished when another island drifts into view. With resources becoming scarce, Carya and Brantley quickly volunteer to search the new land for supplies.
After navigating a barrier of menacing trees, the pair encounter a culture of perpetually happy people who readily share their talents and their possessions. But all is not what it seems. At the core of the island is a horror that threatens everyone, including Brantley and Carya.
Freeing the villagers of the bondage they’ve chosen may cost Carya and Brantley more than they could have imagined. Even if the two succeed, they’ll have to find a way to return to Meriel quickly … or be cut off from their home forever.
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Guest Review from Donna Cline
What I think you should know:
Forsaken Island by Sharon Hinck is an Epic Fantasy, Christian Romantic book. It is the second book in The Dancing Realms series. For the reader to not be lost the first book does need to be read prior to starting this book as this book starts in the middle of the series. I truly wish that I would have read the first book prior to starting Forsaken Island, it took me a while to figure out what was going on and I may have missed something important in the first book. However I was able to enjoy the book.
What you might need to know:
The people of the island seek relief from pain and responsibility, but in turn sacrifice the things that should be dearest to them including the memories of their own children.
What I think about this book:
Hinck wrote an amazing book, one that will stay with me for a one time. There was a fascinating book in a strange new world. A world with magic and floating islands, with evil that is disguised as comfort. Carya and Brantley are tremendous characters, I loved getting to know them and seeing how they worked together complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Hinck created a story that held so many truths, yet was wrapped in the fantasy . I particularly was struck by Brantley asking “Then why didn’t the Maker stop the Gardener from doing any harm?”, as a Christian I grapple with this question more than I like. The story had joy and heartbreak, it captured my attention and left me longing for more. I would recommend it to anyone, adult or young adult.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Award-winning author of The Sword of Lyric series, Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us” about women on extraordinary adventures of faith. Her novels are praised for their authentic characters, strong spiritual themes, and emotional resonance. For this series, she drew on her experience as a ballet teacher, dancer, and choreographer.
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Inspiration Behind Forsaken Island
In the first book of The Dancing Realms series, we learn about a floating island world guided by the work of dancers. The assumption of everyone on Meriel is that their island IS the world—the only existing place on a vast empty ocean.
But in this second book, currents have pushed a new island into view. Our intrepid dancer Carya, and her stenella-riding friend Brantley, set off to explore, hoping to find resources for their world of Meriel.
The story was influenced by some of my favorite classics in the adventure/exploration genre. Jack London (particularly The Sea Wolf), or Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Or anything by Jules Verne or Robert Louis Stevenson. As the characters explore a new world, we experience both wonder and danger with them. I love that sort of story, so I set my two beloved characters of on an adventure to see what they would discover.
But of course, the book is also about the developing relationship between Carya and Brantley, and the conflicts they confront. And once again, an undercurrent (no pun intended) of spiritual themes is at play. The island holds dark secrets, and time is running out for the opportunity to find their way home.
I love the verse from Psalm 94:14. “For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” Even on a “Forsaken Island” – the Maker of His people finds a way to reach out and bring hope.
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To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away the grand prize package of a Forsaken Island book bag, a personalized and autographed hard cover copy of Hidden Current, book marks, and some decorative goodies on a plant-life theme!!
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