The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don’t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien’s frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs to the Infinite to worship a new goddess. But why Kien? Isn’t this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne? Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has been corrupted by her enemies and will soon suffer judgment. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite’s leading and hope He will reunite them again soon.
R.J. Larson’s foray into a mix of fantasy and speculative fiction is a real treat and her second Book of the Infinite launches Kien Lantec and Ela of Parne into their own journeys of discovery, discouragement and revelation. With deep spiritual undertones, Judge is an engaging story which follows Kien on a Jonah like experience to ToronSea while Ela returns to Parne to try to turn her people back to their love of the Infinite and his ways. With danger, betrayal and trials besetting them both, Ela and Kien learn much about faithfulness and sacrifice, turning to the One who commands their ways to meet their needs. Allegorical, adventurous, and thought provoking, Judge is a terrific story which will leave you eagerly awaiting King, the final revelation in this unique series.
With thanks to Bethany House for my review copy