Monday, June 18, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour: "The Restorer" by Sharon Hinck

Hi all:

It's time again for this month's Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) Blog Tour! This month we're featuring Sharon Hinck's wonderful new novel called The Restorer.

I'm kicking off my participation with a snippet of my review, which appears over at Title Trakk this week. Here's how my review begins:

Fresh off her successful Becky Miller chick lit series for Bethany House, prolific author Sharon Hinck now dives into a new series for a new publisher. Except this time around, it's not chick lit. Well, not exactly. The Restorer is the first book in The Sword of Lyric trilogy, which introduces a whole new genre Hinck created herself. Let's call it Suburban Chick Fantasy. Or maybe Soccer Mom Warrior Lit. Hinck's official website ( identifies her work as "stories for the hero in all of us." And isn't that the truth? Why else do we devour her stories like bread?

The attractively designed cover of "The Restorer" introduces readers to the juxtaposition that is Susan Mitchell, ordinary name for ordinary woman, wife of Mark for 20 years, Mom to 4 children, middle-aged homemaker from middle America. She stands casually, her back to the reader, in housewife garb of conservative khakis and gray pullover. And yet . . . in her left hand she grasps the hilt of a mighty sword. And off in the distance, is that a mist-shrouded castle?

It turns out if you pick Mrs. Mitchell up and drop her in an alternate universe, she becomes Susan of Ridgeview Drive, the promised Restorer, sent to liberate a foreign land from its threatening border nations. She is both healer and swordmaster, gifted with extraordinary sensory powers and supernatural insight! Watch her overcome a deadly mind poison! See her slay the deceptive Rhusican with her mighty sword! Witness her powerful sway in the exalted Council of Lyric! ...

Read the rest of my review here. Click here to get your own copy.

Here's the full list of participants in this month's tour:
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
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
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Daniel I. Weaver

I know I'm looking forward to the next two books in the series!




C.J. Darlington said...

Loved this book! And I can't wait for book two myself. Super review, Heather.

Eve Nielsen said...

I noticed book 2 is out! Hurray!!