Cleflcoke by Nicole Sager: A Book Review

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Age Appropriate For: 12 and up for mild violence, hints of romance, some intense scenes
Best for Ages: 12-25
Description: Cleftlocke is on the rise...

Restless for a life beyond the garrison walls, Dainger of Rhulsh is intrigued by orders to retrieve the ancient Sword of Mizgal from a mysterious clan. Hoping to prove himself worthy of the title he has been denied, his plans are quickly complicated by the dangerous games of both a devious prince and a vengeful knight.
Bound by an anguished silence, Kara longs to redeem her son from the raiding clan that stole him from her two years ago. When her only friend sets off on a mission to Cleftlocke it seems her chance has finally come - but her desperate choice may cost Dain everything.
Difficulties arise, taxing the fragile balance of duty and honor, and when expectations are overturned and matters escalate beyond their control, the handful of wanderers must face the possibility that God has planned a greater purpose for them all. Their faith will be tested by the choice to believe it. 

While I’ve loved all of the Companions of Arcrea series, this was my favorite. The setting was amazing, the characters so vivid, and the mystery unfolded so perfectly. I grinned like an idiot for a good part of this story just because it was so cool.

As always, the faith element was well done and a joy to read. Nicole Sager always has a strong faith message that is a natural part of the story. This story showcased that ability at it’s best.

 The settings in this book were so cool. Of course, I’m a huge fan of tree-dwelling communities. All the places described are pretty cool. I would totally go to an Arcrea theme park. Yes, we need a theme park which is based on some of these cool books.

The characters in this story were deep and well developed with complex motivations and personalities. Each of them was perfect for their role and I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. We even got to see one character change because of Jesus' redeeming work in his life.

The story took several twists and turns. I don’t want to give anything away but my mind was blown at the major plot twist. I’m not often surprised, so that was nice. Even if you see it coming, I think it will still be pretty cool.

I highly recommend this book for those who like non-magical fantasy, adventure stories, and tales that glorify God in portraying faith in a realistic manner.

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