The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction?
Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell. Pursued by soldiers, her journey through the suffering villages of the rim leads her to a forgotten truth that sends ripples through her world-and through her soul.
Calara seeks clues to her forgotten family and discovers newfound courage in the face of danger, while her quest awakens a growing but forbidden affection for Brantley. Yet even his support can’t fully be trusted, since he’d rather destroy the Order than bring reform.
She is a lone woman facing opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order. Can she restore the dance to its true purpose and bring freedom and hope to her people?
This was the first novel I’d read by Sharon Hinck, and she did not disappoint. Hidden Current’s world building and the setting of Merial was beautifully crafted. How the dancers continually dance to keep their word in balance was such a unique concept. It was well developed and executed.
In terms of character development, I thought Hinck did a wonderful job, especially with the main character, Calara. I felt such a strong connection to Calara, more than I normally do with female book characters (especially those in fantasy novels). Maybe it was the dancer in me or Calara’s ever fervent search for truth that made me relate to her so much.
Hinck’s prose was also wonderful. I could almost feel the choreographies in her mind and the dances of her body woven into her words. Themes of truth (mostly the search for it), deception, perfection (or the lack thereof), love, and identity were all present throughout the novel.
If you decide this is a book you’d like to read, keep in mind there’s not a lot of action. However, there is a lot of internal/spiritual conflict throughout the book.
Although the ending was a bit predictable, I enjoyed the novel as a whole. Perhaps what I loved the most about reading Hidden Current was that it transported me back to my church dancing years and to a realization I continually reminded myself during that time: without darkness, I would not have found the Light.
Readers of christian fiction, christian fantasy, young adult fantasy, and fantasy will most likely enjoy this novel.
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