Review: The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

January 24, 2017

Title: The Returning
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Tyndale
Pages: 464
ISBN: 978-1-4964-0229-5
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017

Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant's baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they've never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he's ushered the city into a new era of "peace" -- one where the Scientist Roth Reynard's Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion. But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. 

As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned -- a truth she'll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.
I have been following this series from the beginning. Like the two previous stories in this series, The Returning is a fast paced story that bring you in to new and hard world. It is similar to many other kinds of books in it's genre in that it has a corropted society led by someone who doesn't have the best interest for the people, but The Seer series has also been able to give it a fresh spin.

The Returning starts off differently and I was very thrilled about that. Instead of having small chapters jumping ahead in time, we start off 20 years later from book 2. I was very glad about that. Instead of having the character focus shift over chapters, we are introduced to fresh and new characters will depth already there to advance the story at a good pace! I was thrilled when I first read about the time jump and so glad that it enhanced the story in all the right ways.

With the shift in time and addition of characters, it didn't mean that we left behind the characters we had come to care about in the previous two books. Carrington and Remko are still present as ever, and the time as offered a new depth to them with age and the heartache they have experienced in loosing their daughter.

I thought the story was flushed out very well and I enjoyed it. It was a good conclusion to a very entertaining series.

Too Read 
4 out of 5

About the Author:
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She won a Christy Award for her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Choosing, which was followed by two more books in the Seer Series: The Calling and The Returning. Rachelle graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair.

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Author Q & A:

What themes are explored in this book?
Identity is something I am always exploring, so that’s no different in The Returning. But in this novel I took a really hard look at forgiveness and how that relates to our journey of discovering who we really are.
Aaron is a somewhat mysterious character throughout the series. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he? 

I like to leave this one open, which I know isn’t really the answer you want. I want the reader to decide who he is to them. For me he’s a guiding light, an angel maybe, a representation of the spirit who communicates with us and leads us. He can be many thingsmostly, though, he’s a great way to hear truth. 

Thank you to Tyndale Blog Network, I received  copy of this book fro free in exchange for an honest review. 

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