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Hidden Current

(The Dancing Realms #1)

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The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction?

Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell. Pursued by soldiers, he
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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Enclave Publishing
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Jay From reading the book, & talking with the author, the protagonist (Calara) would probably be in her early-to-mid twenties. Also, the Library Journal p…moreFrom reading the book, & talking with the author, the protagonist (Calara) would probably be in her early-to-mid twenties. Also, the Library Journal passed the book on to the School Library Journal because they thought that it was a good book for YA readers.(less)

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Bryn Riplinger-Shutt
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unique in its setting and potent in its message, Hidden Current is a perfect fantasy read for lovers of fresh, fascinating worlds, realistic characters and deep struggles of the soul.

My only complaint about this masterpiece was part of the second half - things went from beautifully paced and deliciously realistic to losing some of that balance with rushed pacing and several events that felt convenient as opposed to realistic. Fortunately, all threads still led to a satisfying climax.
Nicki Chapelway
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

An interesting premise coupled with an intriguing setting makes for one wholly unique tale.

Hidden Current is quite unlike anything I have ever read, I'm still unsure how I fully feel about how different it is. But if you are looking for a different kind of story look no further. Brantley and our lovely main character Carya shared a unique bond and I enjoyed them both as characters. Like the plot and story world, they also veered off the hard worn path of tropes and were very real and in
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Jane
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list
What a beautiful story! I had high hopes for this book, and while it wasn't quite what I was expecting, it's a gorgeous book that tells a beautiful, important story.

I'm not a dancer, but I loved the aspects of dancing throughout the book. Even the prose of this story is so poetic and flows like music.

A lot of the core conflict of this story is internal, with Calara's faith in the Maker, and how that causes her to respond in each different situation. There were certainly scenes of external confli
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Caitlin
WOW. Hidden Current is a roller coaster of beauty and depth that made my heart throb in the best way. I think I danced every step with the main character, and I definitely didn’t want to put this book down!

The fantasy world of Meriel is beautiful, full of surprises and intricate details that entranced me. Even when the characters encounter dark times, this story thrums with the hope of restoration, and that lifts my soul as I read. The notion of dancers that affect the world is so unique and its
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Fiction Aficionado
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In HIDDEN CURRENT, Sharon Hinck has painted an exhilarating picture of what it means to find freedom in Christ. As a musician and a ballet mum, the premise of this series immediately appealed to me, but now having read it I feel like there’s a thrilling in my soul—a deeper realisation of what it means to be saved by grace and not by works, to find our meaning in His purpose for us.

Anyone who has had anything to do with the dancing world knows just how much hard work and discipline is involved, a
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Elaine
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a Sharon Hinck long-time fan, I've been eager to read her new book. I was lucky enough to be chosen to pre-read the book in exchange for my honest review. As a non-dancer, I was a bit concerned that the dancing terminology may distract me from the story, but I am happy to report I was completely wrong. Sharon draws you in immediately to the storyline, the setting and the characters. The fantasy world and terminology are easily understood with the wonderful context clues Sharon leaves for us. ...more
Leslie M.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read anything by Hinck in the past, but that will be changing in the future!

This book was quite different from my typical reads, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Well, I loved it! While it is a fantasy, themes will likely be relevant to most, if not all, readers.

I loved the dancing aspects of the story. Even the prose seemed to glide and flow, like dance and music. The internal conflicts with what Calara’s always believed and her newfound knowledge of the Maker are realistic an
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Joyce
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book. I highly recommend this book set in an alternate universe to you. I typically am not a fan of "fantasy" or books set in "alternate universes," but Sharon writes in a way that these foreign worlds seem plausible and are so well developed. And, the themes of these stories make me think and have so many parallels/truths that apply to my personal life.

If you haven't read her SWORD OF LYRIC series of 4 books, I highly recommend them as well - and since they are all out, you
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Tina at Mommynificent
This is truly one of the best books I've ever read, and that is saying something because I read a lot of books! I found myself intrigued from the very beginning, and my interest never waned. Even without its depth of meaning, this would be a great story, but the allegorical aspect of it is what made it touch my heart so deeply. Before I was even 3/4 of the way through it, I had a running list of 20 or so people I wanted to give it to as a gift.

I was sent a complimentary early electronic copy of
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Rebekkah Herrera
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! I loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. ...more
Mimi
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an exceptional read. I'm not one to give 5 stars so that says a lot for this book. I have missed Sharon Hinck's writing and didn't realize how much until I started reading Hidden Current.

Calara is a character who is written with a determined spirit, but learns a truth that rocks her world. Literally. Brantley has a strength of character that rivals Calara's dedication to her dance. The spiritual aspect of this story is the most compelling part of the book.

I think many of us can relate t
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Margaret Nelson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having really enjoyed Hinck's Restorer series, I was eager to read this first book in her new Dancing Realms series, “Hidden Current.” I was not disappointed! Hinck has done an amazing job of creating a world that is different, yet believable and inviting, complete with unusual plants, creatures, and physical features. Although I am not a dancer, it was easy to follow the descriptions and feel a part of the students learning the special dances of the Order. I hope someone comes up with a drawing ...more
Deena
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give a five star rating to a book. When I do it's because the story I've read is powerful, impactful (don't think that's a real word but you get my point 😎), and will forever live inside my heart.

Hidden Current swept me away into a world so vivid and real that I feel as if I've been away from home on an epic quest. As I watched the dance I felt like I was dancing with the characters.

Any the moment the Maker made his presence known took my breath away. I wept, I laughed, I felt every emo
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Honeychile
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a world where the rigid, disciplined, and grueling life of a dancer moves the world itself…or keeps it in place. In the world of Meriel, dance is not just a skill, a profession, or even an obsession, but something only the most perfect, the most devout can aspire to practice. When Calera learns that the Order governing the dance is not what she thought, she struggles spiritually and physically, confused and fleeing for her life. This book explores themes of status, identity, truth, famil ...more
Jennie Webb
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a captivating story! I love it!!
This is one of my favorite genres to read-Christian fantasy-and I had not read one in the last few months, so I was excited to receive an advance copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
It is a very well-written book. Calara and Brantley are both great characters. I love Ginerva and the little girl too! It's a story of obedience, loss and love.
Though it is set in a different world, it has many parallels to our own worl
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Rebekkah
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jenna
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review to come on Instagram.... (@jenna.terese)
Megan
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Looking at this cover I grow excited for a beautiful, magical story inside.
And it delivered 100%.

Characters:
Calara and Brantley and even several of the minor characters they encountered had a depth that surprised me. I truly felt like I knew them like real people. Calara especially as she struggled with doubt as to her purpose and as to her beliefs. Her struggle and her overcoming of those struggles was a huge encouragement to me. It encouraged me in my own walk with God to love Him more deepl
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Dina Sleiman
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! If I had someone write a book just for me based on the things I adore, it would pretty much be this. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves worship, dance, or even beauty in general.
Janice Sisemore
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hidden current

Calara is a dancer but will she be able to dance. She has a hurt ankle but still doing rehearsals. Will she be able to keep dancing?

The book is a fantasy book which is a genre that I don’t understand too much. I know a lot people enjoy this type of book. I do admire any author that can write this genre. To me, I would think it would hard.

I enjoyed the dancing part of the book. Also I enjoyed the relationships, the friendships and how they helped each other.

I received a complimen
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Amanda
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book. I use to dance as a young kid—6 years old to 14. A lot of the dancing parts brought back fond memories of my children (in regards to the dancing). When I started this book, I was extremely curious how the author was going to weave dancing into the story. I mean, how many dancing fantasy novels have you read?

I was pleasantly surprised how the dancing worked throughout the book. . . I would have like a little more romance, but it might detract from the character's inter
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Carol R.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Calara studies the dance patterns performed by the dancers of the Order that hold Meriel -- the floating world -- in place. She has been training for years, living as part of the Order, like other girls from the rim villages. Her life is ordered and disciplined, but Calara discovers that the Order is not what she thought it was. Feeling betrayed, she flees with Brantley of Windswell, a herder from a rim village. She is running from the soldiers in pursuit of them. Will she find her family whom s ...more
Stephanie Stoll
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-we-own
My first thought when I read the publisher’s blurb for Hidden Current was that it didn’t sound as intriguing to me as the author’s Sword of Lyric series which I absolutely love. I wasn’t sure the main character Calara would be as relatable for me. So I decided to hold off on buying it until I knew more. When I heard the publisher was looking for a few early readers, I decided to throw my hat in and see if I could get my hands on a copy so I could read it and see whether I liked the story enough ...more
Stephanie Stoll
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own
My first thought when I read the publisher’s blurb for Hidden Current was that it didn’t sound as intriguing to me as the author’s Sword of Lyric series which I absolutely love. I wasn’t sure the main character Calara would be as relatable for me. So I decided to hold off on buying it until I knew more. When I heard the publisher was looking for a few early readers, I decided to throw my hat in and see if I could get my hands on a copy so I could read it and see whether I liked the story enough ...more
Stephanie
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
"All that misplaced effort. They were working so hard and missing the whole point. The dancers commanded the world and thought no force was higher. And although their work was rich with duty and perfection and striving, it was poor in love."
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Rainbows of page flags feather the pages of my copy of this book. There's so much truth and beauty in it.

The dancers of the Order steer their floating island world through the treacherous waters of their world, and it is Calara's chief ambition to be
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Jay
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the title, and the synopsis for The Dancing Realms: Hidden Current, I did not think that it would be a book I wanted to read. I don't know anything about dancing, nor do I have any interest in dancing. Only the fact that I read and absolutely loved The Sword of Lyric series gave me any reason to read Hidden Current.

The main protagonist, who's name is Calara, and the supporting cast of characters are just as well rounded and believable as the characters from Sword of Lyric. The
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Honeychile
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world where the rigid, disciplined, and grueling life of a dancer moves the world itself…or keeps it in place. In the world of Meriel, dance is not just a skill, a profession, or even an obsession, but something only the most perfect, the most devout can aspire to practice. When Calera learns that the Order governing the dance is not what she thought, she struggles spiritually and physically, confused and fleeing for her life. This book explores themes of status, identity, truth, famil ...more
Cassandra Boyson
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book. And I don't think I'll ever find another to replace it because people just don't write like this. Not only was it such a rich and colorful world with enchanting characters and culture, it is the message at its heart that won me. I have long believed combining Christian themes with the fantasy genre was like peanut butter and jelly. Hidden Current is the best example I have ever read. It is special. I'd give it 10 stars if I could. ...more
Jasmine
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Will she seek a new dance pattern from her Creator?

Fantasy has never been my genre of choice but over the years I've started to step out of Narnia and Middle Earth, discovering new worlds and some pretty good quality fiction. Hidden Current was one such peregrination. I was first attracted to the book by the pretty cover, and then, when I read the blurb it sounded different than any other fantasy novel I've read. Though, Sharon Hinck is a new-to-me-author I didn't let that stand in my way, as al
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Sarah
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
Part dystopian, part fantasy, and wholeheartedly mesmerizing, Sharon Hinck’s “Hidden Current” begins The Dancing Realms series. The story unfolds with a steady rhythm that aligns with the pacing of the plot, an intricate dance that subtly yet powerfully carries the reader along. On a quest for truth and restoration after the shocking revelation that the Order is constructed on lies, Calara joins Brantley of Windswell and they set off. As she searches for her birth family away from the detainment ...more
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