Saturday, August 15, 2015

Judge (Books of the Infinite #2) by R.J. Larson

Title: Judge (Books of the Infinite #2)
Author: R. J. Larson
Pages: 352
Year: 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)

About the book:

     Kien Lantec, you will bear witness to my followers in ToronSea.

     The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don’t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien’s frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs on the Infinite to worship a new goddess.

     Tell them I see they are beguiled. Tell them I seek their hearts. The wise will hear me.

     But why Kien? Isn’t this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne? Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has forsaken their Creator and will soon suffer judgment. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite’s leading . . . and hope He will reunite them again soon.

My review:

     This is an incredible fantasy novel!

     This is part of a “true” series in that the books need to be read in order for full understanding and enjoyment.

     It was wonderful getting to read more of Kien Lantac and Ela of Parne’s story. I loved finding out how much they have grown in their trust of the Infinite and their ability to follow His instructions to them since the end of book one. Though I must admit that, just like me, they have a lot more growing and maturing to do.

     In this book Ela’s parents and others from her hometown are much more developed and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about them. I especially liked seeing the depth of Matron Prill and coming to understand more about her from the first glimpse that we had of her character in book one.

     As Kien and Ela are sent on two different paths to share the Infinite’s word in different areas there are many troubles and heartaches that each of them have to face. Even as they proceed along their own paths we learn more about their Creator and His love and mercy.

     I was really caught up in the conflict and action as the followers of the goddess Atea clashed with those who still believed in the Infinite. The correction that the Infinite brought at times throughout the book on different people was amazing.

     As someone who has read the bible for years it was wonderful to try and spot some of the different ideas and stories that are presented. R. J. Larson has done a marvelous job of taking well known (and some less well known) bible stories and changing them to fit within her fantasy land.

     I absolutely loved this book and am highly recommending it. It gets a 5 star rating from me.

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