Forsaken Island Review and GIVEAWAY!

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About the Book

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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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About the Author

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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.

My Review

Forgotten, forgetting, forsaking.

With characteristic prowess, Sharon Hinck brings readers another intriguing fantasy with Forsaken Island, book two of The Dancing Realms series. Carya and Brantley’s story continues where Hidden Current left off, a sighting of another island in the previously-considered uninhabited ocean sparking hope for finding supplies to replace Meriel’s dwindling reserves. The duo arrives to a seemingly-impenetrable wall of tree branches, and once they enter this strange new world, everything becomes increasingly off-kilter. Paradise becomes a nightmare as the island’s secrets are revealed and the truth behind the façade of the inhabitants’ happiness comes to light. All is not as it appears…

Faced with the threat of the island’s core and the possibility of never being able to navigate back to Meriel, Carya and Brantley work to liberate the islanders from the prison they’ve created for themselves. Their fight becomes a parallel to humanity’s ongoing battle against sinfulness, and Carya learns to trust the Maker more while contending against her own wounds. Including the internal battle of allowing herself to love someone after being indoctrinated for years regarding her life as one set apart from society. Forsaken Island may fall into the fantasy genre, but it contains many truths for the soul. Surrender to the One who made the heavens and the earth and who watches over and guards those who are His is the only way to true freedom and joy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

My rating: 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥

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Giveaway

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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!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10195/forsaken-island-celebration-tour-giveaway

11 thoughts on “Forsaken Island Review and GIVEAWAY!

  1. Sharon Hinck

    Thank you so much for featuring Forsaken Island today on your blog! I especially appreciated the way you mentioned how fantasy genres can actually reveal “truth for the soul.” That was certainly my hope for this story! Blessings!

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    1. litteraegaudium Post author

      My pleasure! I truly love this series! It wasn’t until this year that I started reading fantasy (and specifically Christian fantasy) because it’s not really my genre, but I’ve gained an appreciation for it, and this series has been foundational in that.

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      1. Sharon Hinck

        That’s lovely to hear! I wrote my first series (The Restorer, etc.) for Christian fiction readers who hadn’t explored the fantasy genre yet. So I created a relatable character to take on the journey through the portal. I’m delighted that that whole series is still in print, and people who haven’t yet discovered Christian fantasy stories are finding they love it. 🙂 May the Maker’s love dance in your heart today!

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      2. litteraegaudium Post author

        I saw that series advertised in the back of Forsaken Island, and I definitely want to check it out. So exciting! Blessings on you as you continue your writing journey!

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  2. Arletta Boulton

    I’ve been seeing this book a lot recently! It sounds good, the cover looks interesting, and I love (watching) dance so am curious to read this book. Thanks for your review.

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    1. litteraegaudium Post author

      I would read book one, Hidden Current, first; doing so will make Forsaken Island an even richer reading experience. Hidden Current was fabulous as well, and it was just named a Christy Award finalist!

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      1. Sharon Hinck

        Ahhhh… litteragaudium, I’m blushing. Thanks for mentioning the Christy Award finalist thing. I was SO stunned and grateful. 🙂 Truly a sweet encouragement from God.

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    2. Sharon Hinck

      Arletta, it’s always great meeting someone who appreciates dance! I agree that you’ll want to read Hidden Current first (book one in the Dancing Realms Series) and I just saw it was on sale at Amazon (cheaper in hard cover than in paperback!!!) 🙂

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