Hidden Current Book Review
In a world controlled by the Order and moved by the dancers they train, Calara has never been more sure of her identity and calling. Until she begins to question their teachings and wonder if the ...
I’ll admit, I was skeptical about this one. A short Christian fantasy about dancers? Somehow, I thought it would be contrived or cliche. How delightfully wrong I was! From the first chapter, Hidden Current had me hooked. The prose is stunning and lyrical, and there was never a moment where I was bored or disinterested.
I was constantly amazed how much action and beauty was packed into less than 300 pages. So many issues are discussed, and I can’t wait to see where the next book goes. The themes are alluring, and while they’re often clearly presented, they don’t detract from the story. Meriel is such a beautiful world, and the almost flowery descriptions pull the reader into the story.
Calara’s struggles are so human, and I suppose that’s one of the aspects of her character I like most. The characters are vivid, lifelike, and relatable. Brantley, especially, is such a valuable contrast to Calara’s worldview at the beginning of the book.
Needless to say, I can’t wait to read book two, The Forsaken Island, when it comes out this fall. I would recommend this book for any fantasy lover or for any dancer in your life. While it’s appropriate for any age, I would recommend it for tweens on up.
From the setting to the themes to the side characters, everything about this book reminds me why I love reading. It’s one of those books that inspires me to worship God for allowing us to be “sub-creators” and for the gift of creativity.
MINOR SPOILER AHEAD – I also loved how Brantley approaches dating Calara, asking for permission to one day pursue her. Hinck beautifully builds relationships, and I love that the book ends not with ardent devotion and passionate love, but a growing relationship and the hope of a future for the two. – MINOR SPOILER OVER 🙂
Truth, love, sacrifice, beauty, courage, trust
Language – None!
Sexual – Some kissing, but nothing too passionate
Violence – Some minor wounds/descriptions of blood (nothing unnecessarily gory)
Spiritual – The Maker represents God and there are a few other allegorical elements.
Other – None!
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