The Restorer, by Sharon Hinck, is the first in the Christian fantasy series The Sword of Lyric.
When Mark fixes up the attic for his wife Susan as a place for her to relax and get away from the kids and stress, Susan is relieved to have some quiet time for herself. But while exploring the attic, Susan stumbles into a portal that leads to another world called Lyric. This strange world is in many ways different from our own, but the oddest revelation is when Susan is told that she is the Restorer. The Restorer is usually a guardian and protector of the people, but Susan is untrained and completely unprepared for the role. Can Susan surrender to the will of the One and have enough faith to stand with the people of Lyric to protect them from a powerful invading army?
This was easily the best piece of Christian speculative fiction that I’ve read in years. The Restorer is powerful and inspirational, without being preachy. Filled with adventure, mystery, and suspense, Sharon Hinck paints a masterful work of fantasy with a realistic main character. The character of Susan is an average mom with all of the stress and worries that come with the job. She wants to do something great with her life and is given the chance to become more than she could imagine. Though she struggles with her faith at times, Susan is a compassionate, brave, and loyal woman of God. Vivid and imaginative, there is no question that I’ll be following Hinck’s Sword of Lyric series with the sequel, The Restorer’s Son.