Hidden Rebel by Michelle Janene: Book Review
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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Aria is probably one of my favorite medieval heroines. She is strong, brave, and willing to give her life for her kingdom. In fact, she expects to. This leads to some problems when she finds herself beginning to care for the young prince and her page. Her actions here broke my heart for the pain evident among the characters.
Aria struggles to see her true worth. She is humble and kind, as long as she can keep her distance.
What I loved most was Aria’s willingness to give everything. While she did withhold her love, she was willing to give her life for God’s plan.
The plot and storyline were solid, with well-rounded characters and an enjoyable setting.
I won’t give away the ending, but when Aria has the chance to save her kingdom, her courage will be tested beyond even what she expected.
The fact that Aria is a woman and is the best fighter in at least two kingdoms brought some humor and some hardship to the story. When we learn why she is so humble, it was a bit of a surprise, at least to me.
If you enjoy medieval christian fiction, be sure and check this book out. It is book 3 in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. That being said, do I plan on going back and reading the first two books? Without a doubt, yes.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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.