My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 soldiers 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.
A riveting sequel to The Choosing. While The Choosing focuses mostly on Carrington, The Calling focuses more on Remko. Remko is going through the fire for sure! He is now a husband, a father (awww), and the tactical leader of the Seers. With all of this added responsibility and so much at risk, Remko lives in a state of constant fear. He struggles to let his fear go and live free of this burden that is overwhelming him. His love for and faith in Carrington has brought him this far but he will have to learn to surrender and find faith in the God of Aaron before he can be at peace.
There is lots of action, twists and turns, and nail-biting close calls as well as calming, peaceful moments of spiritual refreshment (the field scenes). The descriptive words of this author will draw you in and make you feel every moment with the characters.
At the end of the first book they are escaping toward freedom and hope for a better life outside the city. In this second book, they are struggling to stay free and constantly in danger. You'll rejoice with each successful rescue and you'll cry with each death and capture. You'll gasp as things appear to be falling apart and then you'll wonder at the apparent miracles that will lead you to an ending you won't want to miss. I'm now on pins and needles waiting for the third book!
*Thanks to Tyndale for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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Q&A with Rachelle Dekker
Remko struggles with his anger often throughout the book. Is this expression of anger connected to his fears? If so, how?
Anger is just a natural reaction to the circumstances Remko faces. Sometimes being afraid can stir up anger because it makes us feel weak or out of control. This is definitely true for Remko in The Calling.
Carrington struggles with the pain that comes from watching Remko miss the Truth that was so clear to her. What encouragement would you give to others that have loved ones who do not yet share their faith?
Everyone needs to take the journey. For some, truth comes more easily, and others have to struggle to see it. It can be incredibly hard to watch someone you love miss the truth right in front of them, but don’t forget that the Father is still God, and He holds them in His hand. So love those that struggle restlessly and trust that the Father is ever-present, even in the darkness.
What do you hope readers will take away from the story?
I hope they take a moment to see themselves as children of the Father. I hope they see that true freedom and fearlessness rest in surrendering, and that when they stand with the Father than nothing can stand against them. There is incredible peace in that truth, and I hope, like I am beginning the experience, that readers feel that same peace.
What can readers expect in the final book of the series?
Characters they know and some new ones I hope they’ll love! More questions of identity, and fear, but the characters will also be looking at forgiveness and letting go. I’m really happy with the way the final book played out, and I’m hoping readers will be as well.
Full interview here: The Calling Q&A with Rachelle Dekker