Jennifer Hartz has written an engaging and entertaining fantasy novel with this book. This is a fantasy somewhat in the style of The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia in that the author has combined elements from several different genres in one book. The prevailing concept underneath the fantasy story though is the struggle between “good” and “evil” and the understanding that there is a God, who is ultimately in control, even when we don’t understand his plans.
Christina is an interesting heroine; she’s content with her life even though it is a little lonely. She has a fulfilling job as a physical education teacher at a high school, had a good childhood with parents that loved her, and a handful of friends that she can depend on. On her thirtieth birthday she even gets invited to prom by one of her students, as his date, which of course makes everyone laugh and have a good time. Later that evening, deciding to celebrate by herself, Christina goes to a restaurant to have dinner and that is when things really change for her and when the books shifts into fantasy.
While drying her hands in the restroom, Christina is transported to a different place which she late discovers is called Meric, a beautiful land inhabited by different races of beings. There are elves, dwarves, people dressed as if they came out of the middle ages and of course there are evil beings called Vaipes. Christina is told a fantastic tale about her past and how she came into being, a tale she finds difficult to believe at first. One of the things that I really liked about this book is that Ms. Hartz really gave her heroine an open mind. Even while she acknowledges that she’s being told a fantastic tale, she really tries to keep an open mind and tries to be accepting when she realizes the truth of what she’s being told. Christina also meets “Shaw”, a man who turns out to have been around or near her, all of her life.
Shaw is an interesting character in this story, he’s a shapeshifter, but not like what we know from paranormal books. He doesn’t shift into an animal- he shifts his face and body and can take on the appearance of another human being, he’s also a “Watcher”, someone who’s been assigned to guard and protect Christina all of her life until she could be brought back to Meric to fulfill her destiny.
The author did an excellent job with character development; Christina grows and changes throughout the entire story. The secondary characters were also well written, including the antagonist of the story, Leticia, an evil tyrant and her minion Rayliex. As I stated there are a lot of different elements in this story- there are biblical parallels, the struggle between good and evil, some light humor and there is also a light romance between Christina and Shaw. There is also a battle that takes place that takes the story in an interesting direction. Without giving spoilers I will say that the ending is not really a conclusion of events but is open as a springboard for the events that will begin taking place in the next book in this series, Future Savior Book Two: Resurrection. If you enjoy reading fantasy books like The Lord of the Rings, give this book a try.
“I do not think it is a question of where, but when." were the words that Charis left my mother with thirty years ago when I disappeared from Meric…before I was born.
Shortly after being sent back I've been attacked by man-eating Vaipes. I've learned that my father was a power wielding Guardian. I've discovered that the silvery-blue eyes intriguing me my entire life belong to my Watcher, Shaw who is without a doubt the most handsome man I have ever seen. And somehow I need to stop a war mongering tyrant who can manipulate people's thoughts.
So my question isn't where or when. It is how? How can I help the people of Meric when I can't stop myself from falling in love?