Tuesday, July 16, 2013

King by R. J. Larson

Title:  King (Books of the Infinite #3)
Author:  R. J. Larson
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House
                King is the third and final installment in the Books of the Infinite series by R. J. Larson.  Readers see the close relationship between the Infinite and His Prophet, Ela, deepen as well as with His Judge, Kien.  These are the focus of the first two books in the series, respectively.  I’m looking forward to more novels from this author, and I encourage you to read this series.  You won’t regret it.
                The Prophet, Ela, is now married to Kien Lantec.  Kien has been exiled from his homeland and has been made a citizen and lord in Siphra by King Akabe.  Ela is still a target for assassination by the Ateans as she is the Infinite’s servant.  They think the Infinite is not real.  She receives revelations of the future from him as well as power.  She is completely dedicated to him.  She serves King Akabe on an earthly level.  Ela and Kien are summoned from their new land and holdings by the King.  They travel back to the capital of Siphra and learn of three different assassination attempts on the King by Ateans related to his new queen.  It is decided that the King, Ela, Kien and his new wife along with some guards will leave the capital until the assassins are captured and security improved.
                King Akabe thinks he must marry to obtain a certain piece of land to rebuild the Infinite’s temple.  He must marry an Atean and she is definitely not a believer in the Infinite, but how dedicated is she to her goddess?  She is young and alone in Siphra and has been treated badly by her family.  Can she open her heart to her new husband and The One he worships?  The King foils the assassination attempts while trying to figure out his new wife.  Does she have any feelings for him?  He thinks it is possible they can have a true marriage, not the one they were forced into.  The King has it revealed to him that in his pride to be the one to rebuild the temple and thus marrying an unbeliever, he has not followed the Infinite’s will for him.
                This is an exciting adventure to wrap up the series.  There is action, love, plotting and scheming, hostages taken and unbelievers dying.  There is never a dull moment in this book, which is one reason I liked it.  The characters have matured and grown so much in their faith since the first book.  The ability of them to stand and serve and obey the Infinite when in terrifying situations is admirable.  I so enjoyed the conversations that took place between the Infinite and Ela.  She is so young physically at 19 years of age, but so grounded in her faith and service.  What an inspiration!  Forgiveness is extended to those undeserving just like our Father forgives us when we ask with a broken and contrite heart in true repentance.  This book is a great conclusion to the whole series, which I recommend.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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