About the Book
Book: Hidden Rebel
Author: Michelle Janene
Genre: Christian medieval fantasy
Release Date: August 17, 2017
A disguised warrior on a mission to save a dying kingdom,
but God has more planned.
Aria has left home with one goal. Find the weapon used to defeat the horde of the Black Knight and save what remains of her kingdom.
But things are not going as planned.
Disguised as a male knight, she saves the young prince of the neighboring kingdom, and tales of her fighting prowess spread like a raging fire. Now, within the castle walls of a foreign kingdom, a young girl masquerading as her page serves as her only confidant. But the widower king and his enemies are taking notice of her. The legendary weapon, however, is nowhere to be found.
What is God doing?
Aria needs to save her home without losing her heart.
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Michelle Janene has successfully continued the fantasy world she started in God’s Rebel. The king in Hidden Rebel is a descendant of Mariamme. One thing I wish Janene had included was a genealogy of the characters. I have seen this done in other books and found it helpful.
The book has many great elements of fantasy. Epic journey – Aria travels to a distant country looking for a weapon to help her people. Romance – it is subtle but it is there – can’t tell you who without giving away a plot twist. Mythical creatures – the horde returns from the previous books. Danger – kidnapping and war are dangerous. Imaginary world – the countries and kingdoms in the book do not exist.
Michelle Janene has also created characters who rely heavily on the Light of God. Scripture verses and prayers are sprinkled throughout the text but not in a preachy way – they show the true nature of the characters.
It is always sad to see a series end, especially when the series is well-written and God-honoring. Since this is the third book in the Changed Hearts Trilogy I can only assume it is the end. I hope the Michelle Janene is considering another series continuing the story as I feel there is much more that could be told.
If you enjoy Christian fantasy, I highly recommend Hidden Rebel and the other books in the Changed Hearts Trilogy
I would not hesitate to put Hidden Rebel or any of the books in the Changed Hearts Trilogy in my k-12 Christian school library. They are appropriate for 5th grade and up.
I want to thank Celebrate Lit for the complimentary e-copy of Changed Hearts Trilogy. This is my honest review.
About the Author
Michelle Janene lives and works in Northern California, though most days she blissfully exists in the medieval creations of her mind. She is a devoted teacher, a dysfunctional housekeeper, and a dedicated writer. She released her first novella Mission: Mistaken Identity in the fall of 2015, God’s Rebel in 2016, Rebel’s Son in 2017, and has been published in several anthologies. She leads two critique groups and is the founder of Strong Tower Press—Indie solutions for indie authors.
More from Michelle
The main character of Hidden Rebel is a princess who is also a warrior. She needed to move between court and the battlefield with minimal issues. Aria also took the verse that women should not dress as men seriously. I wrote about a fighting skirt for her.
It appeared to be a pleated skirt with several long panels. Those panels weren’t sewn together other than at her hips. When Aria moved it was clear the skirt panels where over tight trousers and tall boots.
I thought about the skirt so much I created my own. I have worn it to local Renaissance Faires.
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