Heir of Hope / by Morgan L. Busse (Follower of the Word, 3)
Enclave ISBN 9781621840398
Adult Rating: 4
Morgan L. Busse concludes the Follower of the Word series with Heir of Hope , as the Eldarans head toward the final battle with their enemies. Reviews for the earlier books, Daughter of Light and Son of Truth have already been posted here.
In Heir of Hope, Rowen Mar — the last Truthsayer – is captured and taken before the Shadonae. Inprisoned and tortured, she discovers the truth about the Shadonae – they are not who she thinks they are. Is she so different from them at the core? Will she be able to rely on the Word for the final battle?
Meanwhile, Caleb Tala — former assassin, now Guardian of Mankind — wanders in the desert looking for clues to answer his questions. Exiled from his family, Caleb is joined by Nierne and Lore. Each step brings them closer to a final battle and the consequences for their choices. Will mankind survive in the final battle?
Busse excels at world-building in this character-driven adult fantasy. Her flawed but relatable characters continue to face obstacles. Heir of Hope speaks of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice. One finds it especially appropriate that the author’s website is “In Darkness There is Light,” for that is the theme of this series: no matter how dark it is, God’s light is there.
The quality of Busse’ plot and character development is evident in its nomination for several awards. Daughter of Light was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards, the Christy Awards, and the Carol Awards. Son of Truth was also a finalist for the 2014 Clive Staples Award.
Recommended for fantasy fans and for adult collections in public libraries. Fans of epic fantasy series. like those by Jill Williamson, Patrick Carr, and Tolkien, to name a few, will enjoy this series.
Carol R. Gehringer