Monday, August 31, 2015

Book Review: The Heart of Acrea

I first read Hebbros by Nicole and enjoyed it so much I decided to ask for another one of Nicole's books! I read this book a while ago but forgot to write the review, so here it is!

""He who discovers the heart of Arcrea and joins the hands of the seven regions will be king." Hoping to free his father from an unjust imprisonment, Druet the blacksmith sets out on a quest that will solve an ancient riddle and crown a man as Arcrea's first king. A host of memorable characters join Druet on his mission of justice, but opposition quickly rises to test their level of commitment and their faith in God. Will the dangerous wilds of Arcrea and her seven oppressive lords succeed in bringing an end to Druet's quest and crush forever the kingdom’s hopes for a just king? What is this heart of Arcrea and where is it to be found? You must discover it for yourself."

What I really enjoyed:
I LOVE the characters and how Nicole grows their personality and their relationships with God and others throughout the story.

Since I read Hebbros first, it was so fun to see little pieces to the puzzle (that I didn't even know were missing) fall into place and deepen my understand of the story of Arcrea.

This story is about Friendship, Betrayal, the Triumph of Truth over wickedness and the hardships along the way.

The Ending; I always really, really enjoy how Nicole ends her books. She offers conclusion to the story so that I don't feel as though she simply left me hanging, but she also adds a great deal of mystery as to how the characters' story continues and leaves me dying to get the next book!

When Druet finally discovers the Heart of Arcrea, it seems so simple, and yet so profound: Something which is needed to conquer wickedness and rule with justice.

I can't wait to read more of Nicole's writing and especially to read more about Arcrea and I hope you choose to join Druet and his friends on their quest for the Heart of Arcrea too. :)

What I didn't like as much:
This book did have a little bit of a slow start, but once it got started it was very interesting!

Who I'd recommend this book to: 
Mostly Teens but young adults as well as Tweens would enjoy this book. The writing style is easy, but still eloquent.

A bit about the Author:

"I am a homeschool graduate and an avid reader who enjoys writing Inspirational Fantasy set in a medieval-like era.

I hope my books will encourage families to read together. If read by children, I hope the books broaden your vocabulary just a bit and introduce you to a life of endless possibilities in Christ. If read by adults, I hope you're inspired and encouraged to deepen your relationship with our Savior.

In writing each book, I pray that it will bring honor and glory to God, and that He will use it as a tool to bring at least one person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ." ~Nicole Sager (goodreads)

This review is also on Goodreads and Amazon. I received a free copy in return for my honest review.