About the Book
Book: Dream of Kings
Author: Sharon Hinck
Release date: October 11, 2022
The Future Never Sleeps
In the glacial nation of Norgard, Jolan the Dream Teller serves every seeker, whether peasant or high lord. Though she loves using her gift, she struggles to navigate the corrupt and dangerous court and the jealousies of the Guildagard.
When an old man’s nightmare imparts a dire warning, Jolan realizes her entire nation is in danger. But before she can sound the alarm, she is betrayed by the guilds and sold into slavery in a rival kingdom far to the south. As a slave in a foreign land, at first Jolan can’t see beyond her singular focus: return home to warn Norgard of the coming calamity. After facing new dangers, making new friends, and forgiving old wrongs, she must fulfill the purposes the Provider has set before her.
Only then can she face a decision that could cost her the man she loves, her calling, and her freedom—all to save a people who abandoned her.
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A sweeping fantasy re-telling of Joseph, and God's presence in our sufferings.
Jolan is a dreamteller in the courts of Norgard, highly favored by the king, when she is stolen from her home, sold into slavery in a foreign land, and betrayed by those she loved. Can she still believe in a good Provider through one trial after another?
An engaging and suspenseful adventure, my heart went out to Jolan from the beginning, and I loved the rawness in how her story was told. The story doesn't shy away from questioning the hard times, and even though the storyline is familiar it still kept me guessing how it would all unfold.
This is the first book I've read by Sharon Hinck, but I will definitely be checking out her backlist after this one. The characters came to life on the page, with honest feelings, emotions, and growth. I also loved the strong spiritual elements of the story, filled with faith truths.
Overall, an excellent standalone novel, riveting and adventure filled. Highly recommend for fans of fantasy, faith, and superb storytelling!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
About the Author
Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” novels praised for their strong spiritual themes, emotional resonance, and imaginative blend of genres. She earned an MA in Communication (with a major in theatre and thesis in dance) from Regent University and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian dance company. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong to teach and choreograph for a YWAM dance/evangelism team. She taught classical ballet and liturgical dance for twenty years, and led workshops on dance in worship. She’s been a church youth worker, a dancer/choreographer, a church organist, a homeschool mom, and an adjunct professor of Creative Writing for MFA students. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up. When she’s not wrestling with words, she enjoys speaking at churches and conferences and has taught at Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild, the national conference of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and Realm Makers. A wife, mom of four, and grandmother of three, she lives in Minnesota and is a member at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. She loves visitors at sharonhinck.com.
More from Sharon
Have you ever found yourself in a place you didn’t belong, through no choice of your own? When I began writing Dream of Kings, I was caring for my mom as she dealt with Alzheimer’s. The whole world was stuck in lock-down because of the pandemic. And I was facing limitations caused by health challenges. So it’s no wonder this story question arose for me: how do we respond when we are in painful, unfair, and unfamiliar places? Is there room for God to bring good from difficult circumstances?
Jolan the Dream Teller has already experienced heartache before the book opens, and perhaps believed it was time for an easy road. Instead, she faces betrayal and the loss of everything she holds dear—her calling, her friends, her nation. Everything familiar is ripped away. But the Provider shows up in unexpected places and through unexpected people.
The question that began my brainstorming led to an adventure I didn’t fully expect. Dream of Kings became a celebration of the purposes of God and how they unfolded in one woman’s life. Courageous adventures, unselfish compassion, and unexpected romance fill Jolan’s journey.
As NYT bestselling author Tosca Lee described it: “An epic fantasy and absorbing page-turner, Dream of Kings has it all—intrigue, romance, and characters as interesting as they are endearing.”
But while Jolan navigates foreign kingdoms and the halls of power, she represents every one of us who find ourselves in a place of struggle. My longing is for this story to stir courage and inspiration for every reader grappling with a difficult road or a dark valley. I am so excited for readers to join Jolan on her journey!
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To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed Hardcover copy of Dream of Kings, the e-book of Devotions for Dreamers, bookmarks from my other two series (Sword of Lyric, and Dancing Realms), Quoca Tea (from the book) and a $50 amazon gift card!!
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Thank you so much for featuring Dream of Kings on your blog, and for your lovely review. I'm so glad you found my books. :-) I hope you do enjoy backlist titles (I'd recommend starting next with Hidden Current - the first in the Dancing Realms series.) It also has strong faith themes.ReplyDelete
Oh, I was just looking at that one online! Thank you!Delete
Dream of Kings sounds like a thrilling 'glued to the pages' read for me and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Labor Not in Vain, for sharing your review!
Have a fabulous weekend!
This sounds like an amazing read.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your review of Dream of Kings, this sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to itReplyDelete
My niece would like this book.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.
Thanks for the review. This sounds good!ReplyDelete