The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Fast forward twenty years and we are introduced to Elise Brant, the young adult who was taken from her parents as a baby.  Carrington and Remko Brants were forced to leave Elise in the Authority City but have never given up hope on finding her.  Jesse has been caring for Elsie all these years and has managed to keep her from having all her memories erased by Scientist Roth Reynard.  For some reason the Genesis Serum has not worked on Elise.

The Brants are members of the Seers and have chosen seven young people to be their chose warriors to enter the Authority City and rescue Elise.  Of these seven are Elise’s younger sister and her cousin.  As the seven are entering the City, danger is lurking everywhere.    When Elise finds herself in the presence of danger she hears a voice that tells her to remember who she is.  That she has great power.  “Let it go, Elise.  Fear not, and remember who you are.  Find the light.”  Elise gives into the feelings she is having and the light flows out of her.  As this happens people near her who have had their memories erased are now getting their memories back.

The author was asked  “You talk about the power of belief in the book. What is the purpose of faith, and what makes faith so powerful in people’s lives?” her response  “Belief and faith are everything. We form our own realities. We make judgments based on the past and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around those beliefs. Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How  different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different. The faith that Remko and Carrington have that they will someday see their daughter is so strong.  I cannot begin to image what their past twenty years have been like, not knowing what has happened to their baby and if she is still alive.  Now they are sending their younger daughter along with the chosen warriors, into the dangers of the City.  The faith the seven chosen ones have to trust each other and the feelings they are given.  When they unite together to accomplish something they are unstoppable.

When the author was asked “Aaron is a somewhat mysterious character throughout the series. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he?” She responded with “I like to leave this one open, which I know isn’t really the answer you want. I want the reader to decide who he is to them. For me he’s a guiding light, an angel maybe, a representation of the spirit who communicates with us and leads us. He can be many things—mostly, though, he’s a great way to hear truth.”   In the first two books, Aaron was a mystery to me.  He was with the Seers but would disappear.  In this story there is much change from the first book and  it becomes plain that he represents someone similar to the Holy Spirit.  He is there to encourage his people when they need encouragement, but allows them space to deal with life issues on their own.

The Returning is book three in A Seer Novel series written by Rachelle Dekker.  In my opinion, this is the best of the three by far.  The story is very fast moving with danger around every corner.  I found myself wanting to cheer Elise and the chosen warriors on.  There were several surprises in the story with how the author used other characters.  I also enjoyed the touches of young and innocent romance as well the the love Remko and Carrington have that have lasted the years despite the difficulties and challenges they have had.

Rachelle Dekker is the oldest daughter of bestselling author Ted Dekker.  Having not read his books in sometime, it was interesting to read Rachelle’s series and see her writing style.  I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to read futurist action type stories. You can learn more about Rachelle Dekker from her website at

I received this book from the author and Tyndale Publishing Company and I have written an honest review.

Series: A Seer Novel

432 Pages

ISBN: 9781496402295

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

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