Saturday, 13 October 2012

Book review: The New Recruit by Jill Williamson

I had the pleasure of reading Jill Williamson's award winning Blood of Kings trilogy and thorougly enjoyed her characters and her writing style.

When I stepped into the world she had designed in The New Recruit it was a bit of a jolt from medieval to present day. :)

The New Recruit: Mission 1: Moscow (The Mission League)

The YA novel follows skeptic Spencer Garmon who is forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization. He signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.

These guys mean business.

Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.

Jill Williamson has done it again with The New Recruit,  book 1 of 4 in The Mission League series. Her voice is wonderful and her characters believable. Her plot is well woven and held my interest right until the very end.

I identified with Spencer and appreciated that his transition to belief wasn't an easy one. I also enjoyed the fact that all the Christians were unique and had flaws of their own. Very refreshing!

With each page turn I became more engrossed with the storyline and the plight of the characters--despite their failings.

I highly recommend this novel and I'm looking forward to the next installment!
I give it:


Which means drop your danish and shower another year! Pick up this book (Amazon) and you won't be disappointed.

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Jill Williamson is an author of all things weird. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Her Blood of Kings trilogy won two Christy Awards, and she recently released Replication, a science fiction teen novel from Zonderkidz. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*