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Review: Reformation

Amy Brock McNew

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This is going to be a 2-parter. In keeping with my focus on short stories and novellas, I’m going to feature two of Amy’s new releases. The first is Reformation. If you notice there’s no hyperlink over the title. Why? Because Reformation is an exclusive thing. It’s free. All you have to do is sign up for Amy’s newsletter at amybrockmcnew.com.

But is it worth it? Um yes. Amy is known for her tagline “guts on the page” and the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles shows this but so does her blog. She’s also passionate about stopping human trafficking and helping those caught in its clutches. It’s Amy pouring herself into her writing. Gritty, real-world topics that aren’t all pretty. That aren’t all Jeep rides with windblown hair and endless bags of Oreos. The protagoists Liz and Ryland battle demons – real ichor bleeding demons that inflict real wounds – cuts and bruises but also metaphorical ones.

Reformation is a prequel, but I recommend reading Rebirth first. While first chronologically, Rebirth is where we get to meet Liz and Ryland. You need to know where they are now to fully appreciate the story behind it.

Reformation shows Liz’s rebellion against her calling. And it’s easy to see why she wouldn’t want to obey her calling. She is called to battle demons. That’s not a mission many would want. Like I mentioned above, it involves physical confrontation. And psychological. Reformation is the book I love to hate or maybe hate to love. I want to see Liz make the right choices. To not run off to pursue darkness. The thing is, she has to do just that. Her “before” is what gives her a story to tell. Liz’s brokenness creates a mosaic out of broken shards of glass.

Rebirth, Reconciliation, and Resistance are the artwork. Reformation is art too, but where the first three are films, Reformation is the documentary, the “story behind the story” but told in the same bold style.

Are you a fan of prequels?

About Gretchen E K Engel

Chemical engineer by day, spec fiction writer by night

4 comments on “Review: Reformation

  1. Reblogged this on Amy Brock McNew ~Author~ and commented:
    Gretchen Engel gives her take on Reformatipn!

  2. Thank you so much, Gretchen! I’m so glad you enjoy the series. I love it when people really connect with it and get the heart of what I’m trying to do with my story. Reformation is more me than any other book in the series, the timeline of events, the choices Liz makes, more true to life than anything else I’ve written. It’s almost verbatim. Do I regret those choices? Yes and no. I wish I hadn’t put myself through what I did, but it brought me up where I am and made me who I am. Those choices built the flawed but determined warrior you see today. My greatest hope is that by telling my story, I can help someone else find the warrior in them and defeat their demons. #NeverStopFighting

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