Friday, January 24, 2020
The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction ?
Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell. Pursued by soldiers of the Order, her journey through the suffering villages of the rim leads her to a forgotten truth that sends ripples through her world—and through her soul.
Calara’s seeks clues to her forgotten family, discovers newfound courage in the face of danger, and awakens a growing but forbidden affection for Brantley. Yet even his support can’t fully be trusted, since he’d rather destroy the Order than bring reform.
She is a lone woman facing opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order. Can she restore the dance to its true purpose and bring freedom and hope to her people?
My thoughts: I enjoy dystopian style stories, so I was thrilled to read this one! I thought that Sharon did an excellent job of building the world of The Dancing Realms, creating something so unique and intriguing. Calara has been thrilled to live the life of a dancer, but as she goes through the final level of learning the dancing patterns that control their world, she begins to notice that all may not be as she has been taught to believe.
This is the first book I have read by Sharon and I was blown away by the quality of her writing! I liked that there were twists and turns to the story that I didn't anticipate. It is a wonderful, unique read.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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About the Author:
Award-winning author of the ground-breaking Sword of Lyric series, Sharon Hinck is a wife, mom, and recent grandma, has an M.A. in communication, and has served as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, a church youth worker, and a professional choreographer, and an adjunct writing professor. To learn more about her writing, visit her at www.sharonhinck.com.
More from Sharon
Have you ever felt that nothing you do is ever enough? Not good enough? Meaningful enough? Do you ever think that if you could be more perfect, all your problems would be solved? In my new novel, I explore a character whose entire culture tells her that she must achieve perfection – and that answers to her world’s problems rest solely on human effort. Set in an imaginative fantasy world, I hope her journey will ring true for readers in our world.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share my new novel, Hidden Current, with readers. Can you see me Snoopy dancing?
And speaking of dancing …
What inspired this new series?
Years before I wrote my first novel, I worked as a dance teacher, choreographer, and artistic director of a Christian dance company. So, when my agent and I were discussing ideas for my next book, he said, “In all your other novels, you’ve never drawn from your experience in dance. I’d love to see you create a brand-new fantasy world and utilize dance in some way.”
I began mulling the idea, and within days, a character had come to life.
In my new novel, Hidden Current, the dancers of the Order direct their floating world with their movements but are steering it toward destruction. One lone dancer fights to overcome opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order and bring a forgotten truth to her people.
Is this part of a series?
Yes, but this is a stand-alone story. That means that although I’ve written more books with these characters, you don’t have to wait for the series to release, fearing an unresolved ending to book one. The story is complete of itself, with just a hint of the next adventure to follow. I’ve already done my revisions on the second book and have finished writing book three. J
Why should I order soon?
This is being released in limited edition hardcover. That means when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Is this similar to the Sword of Lyric books?
Yes and no. It’s not a “portal fantasy” – no modern-day character visits this world. However, like my other fantasy series, the book was inspired by spiritual themes, delves deeply into the heart of a character that many of us can relate to, and paints a unique story world full of both beauty and dangers. I’m so excited for its release!
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To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away to two winners each the grand prize of a gift box full of goodies including: a Hidden Current book bag, a selection of other books by Sharon Hinck, Tsalla tea from Adagio (the tea they drink in the novel), chocolates, a packet of “star rain” (also from the book), an artistic book mark, and autographed book plate!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link here to enter.
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Thank you for sharing your lovely review and the book and author details. I love the dystopian genre as well and this book sounds like an unique and wonderful readReplyDelete
Sharon Hinck is a great author. I first read her Sword of Lyric series and loved it. I’m excited to read this new series.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing about the book! I'm so glad you enjoyed the twists and turns. It's always fun to meet folks who haven't yet discovered my books. Hooray for new readers!!! :-)ReplyDelete
Combining fantasy and dancing is such an awesome idea.ReplyDelete
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If you haven’t read Sharon’s Sword of Lyric series yet, I highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to reading all of The Dancing Realms series too!ReplyDelete
I've been trying not to get too sucked into the story, but it hasn't worked. The Restorer is one of the best and most relatable Christian fiction books I've read, so I'm psyched for a new exciting world, new adventures, new characters to relate to, and most of all, more ingenious, intertwining spiritual themes. Thanks for the review!ReplyDelete
THanks to those of you mentioning The Restorer. I have such affectionate for that world and those Sword of Lyric Books! It was actually hard for me to set those characters aside and create a whole new world and new people -- but I soon fell in love with them as well. :-)ReplyDelete
I love The Sword of Lyric series and am SO excited for the Dancing Realms! I haven't waited so impatiently for a book release in many years. Congrats to Sharon on creating such a compelling story idea.ReplyDelete
Sharon Hinck is a new-to-me author. Thank you for the wonderful review.ReplyDelete