Thursday, August 25, 2016

The One Who Sees Me by Kandi J. Wyatt

The One Who Sees Me
By: Kandi J. Wyatt

Published: September, 2015
Published By: Vox Dei
Format Read: eBook
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
Date Read: August 14, 2016

Rating: 2.5/5

I was sent a copy of The One Who Sees Me by Kandi J. Wyatt, from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Faru grew up as a servant in the court of King Cyning, until she was traded to a foreign Lord in exchange for his cousin. After settling into Lord Cegrol’s household, the King learns that not only is Lady Cwen the Lord’s cousin, but his wife as well. Betrayed, King Cyning sends her back, but it is decided that Faru will stay in the Lord’s service. She would be promoted to Lady Cwen’s personal handmaiden. The two would form a turbulent relationship, but Faru would find solace in Lord Cegrol, Cailean the steward’s son and her faith in The Existing One. The One Who Sees Me is the retelling of an Old Testament Biblical story.

A couple of years ago I began reading Christian fiction, mostly with a historical setting. Although I admit I’m not a religious person, so I wasn’t familiar with the Biblical story that this novel was inspired by.

The One Who Sees Me isn’t a book I would typically gravitate to, but as I read along I found myself enjoying Faru’s story. The characters were interesting to me and the fast pace made for a quick read.
The setting gave me the impression of a medieval time period, although it wasn’t exactly specified. This was somewhat problematic for me at first, as I prefer to have a more concrete image of the setting. However this gave it a fairy tale feel that will appeal to many readers.

Another aspect that kept me from giving this novel a higher rating was the inconsistencies in the language. The author often used phrases and descriptions that were true to a historical time period, but in the next instance would use more modern slang. Unfortunately this really distracted me from the story.

Those points aside, I was able to recognize the message Kandi J. Wyatt wanted to convey with Faru’s story. The One Who Sees Me shares a great message of the importance of faith and patience. With some editing, I would recommend this book to those with an interest in Biblical retellings. 

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