Monday, May 30, 2016

The Calling

GIVEAWAY

DEKKER, RACHELLE
THE CALLING

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.

As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels -- he must destroy the hope their message represents...from the inside out.

With dissension in his own camp -- and the CityWatch soliders closing in -- Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold...before one of them becomes his undoing.

My Review:

The Calling is the second installment of the Seer novels and I think it's best if you read the first book, The Choosing before starting in on this one. There are a lot of characters and situations that you need to be familiar with in order to be able to hit the ground running with this one.

What a powerful story! Action-packed and full of twists and turns and chockfull of so many moving inspirational truths. Like:

"When you know who you truly are, you realize there is no war left to fight at all." (p. 326)

and

"I know that you are afraid, that fear and failure haunt you. I know you long to be free but only see freedom in escaping what you fear instead of surrendering to it." (p.382)

There's a resounding thread of hope woven through this Dystopian novel. And so many biblical parallels I could sink my teeth into. Honestly, at some points I just had to stop and haul out my bible and read a few passages and then marvel at how Dekker incorporated so much depth of faith into a heart-pounding, soul-stirring read.

A stunning novel with such depth and scope it took my breath away. I want to see this series on the big screen. It would give The Hunger Games a run for the money!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Calling please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 5 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

21 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to win this book for my daughter! She loves Dystopian fiction. I have the first book in this series, so it would be wonderful to see what happens next in the second book. My husband loves Ted Dekker's books. It sounds like his daughter is well on her way as an author to following in her father's footsteps :) Thanks for your input on this book, Kav!

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    1. Sad confession -- I have never read a Ted Dekker book!!!! But I sure love the way Rachelle spins a tale. Definitely stellar Dystopian fiction. Good luck, agboss.

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    2. Oops! Forgot my email

      nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Love dystopian novels with Christian themes. Thank you for this giveaway! I've never read Ted Dekker's books, so don't know what to compare to, but I've heard great things with Rachelle's new series! Thanks!

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    1. Oops.. Forgot my email:
      justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    2. She's fantastic! Good luck, Just Commonly.

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  3. I would love to win. I loved your other book and I know this will be just as good. 1savedfamily@gmail.com

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  4. My daughter would love this book. She read book 1 but we didn't get to this one yet. Awesome!!!
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. She will be thrilled with this one for sure. Good luck, Diane.

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  5. The Calling sounds so interesting, great review!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  6. My brother owns too may Ted Dekker books to count! He absolutely loves them! I've basically grown up hearing from him how obsessed he is with them and how much he loves all those books. Finally my brother got me to put off my own reading list for awhile to read the Circle Series (and all 20 or so spin-offs and any even minorly related books.) Eagerly, he aranged his Ted Dekker books on his shelves in the order he recommended (which sometimes required me reading part-way through a series and then interrupting it with a standalone novel before continuing the series) and he assured me that, though this may not be chronologically entirely accurate (because, let's face it, there's no possible way to do that unless we cut up all the books and read them as one big book, a few pages from each at a time), this was the best order to read these books.
    I just took his word for it (he's read them ALL at least 6 times apiece, after all) and set in to reading.....
    I can't believe I'd put it off so long! I loved those books! I finally understood my brother's obsession!
    And now I find out that Ted Dekker's daughter is writing books too?!?! I gotta go tell my brother!!!!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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    1. Wow -- your brother takes his Ted Dekker reading seriously. Love that you are a reading family. Good luck, J.C.

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  7. AHH!!! I want to read this book!!!
    Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Deborah. Good luck!

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  8. Wow, such a great review. I don't usually read dystopian or any type of fantasy except time travel. I LOVE time travel. :) I bought the first book in this series, because I was so intrigued and the romance pulled me in. You're such a well-rounded reader, Kav. I'm impressed with all of the different genres within Christian fiction that you immerse yourself in. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love time travel too -- not many in Christian fiction though. We should compare notes. Dystopian can be tricky -- I find the secular ones can be so lacking in hope that it's depressing. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. I would love that. I can be quite the eclectic reader, but I always enjoy a thread of romance. It can even be just a very minute part of the story - sometimes just to keep me invested.

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    3. Sorry, I don't mean to keep commenting, but I noticed a while ago that Jessica Keller (LI author) has a YA time travel duology under the pen name, Jess Evander. There are some great reviews, but I haven't read them. I did put them on my wish list, though.

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    4. I'm definitely with you on the romance score. I do love me some (okay a lot) romance. And that series (duology? that's a new term for me. I like) by Jess Evander sounds really interesting. I'll have to add it to my wish list as well.

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