A year ago or so, the book club I’m in read Prophet. I think it’s safe to say that this was one of the best books we’ve read that year so I’m excited to be part of the King Tour. R. J. Larson’s third book in her Books of the Infinite series. Today I share with you my thoughts on Prophet, but don’t forget to check to check out the rest of the tour at The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl, where she will reveal the next piece of the map.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1, 2013 by Bethany House
Akabe of Siphra is certain his people are insane.
Why have they made him a king?
What, in the name of peacetime boredom do kings do?
Frustrated by a lengthy silence from his Creator, the Infinite, Akabe decides to prove himself as king by undertaking a monumental task, his own lifelong dream: Rebuild the Infinite’s temple in Siphra.
But Akabe’s impulsive decision sweeps him into a storm of controversy. The Infinite’s enemies join forces in Siphra, and beyond, conspiring to destroy the emerging temple—and to kill their king and his mysterious new queen.
R.J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women’s Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman’s Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.
Prophet is such an interesting read. On one hand, the author has created this awesome world that springs to life with great characters from Ela’s little sister Tzana to Kien to the destroyer called Pet. Think a knight’s horse with a temperament & character attributes of a fiercely loyal dog who could kill you or love you to death. Then on the other hand, we have the Old Testament parallelisms.
I had a mixed reaction to the story. I LOVED aspects of it and then disliked other aspects, more specifically the OT parallelisms. I love allegory, but the similarities to the events in the Bible took me out of the story a bit.
That aside, the book was amazing. Right from the beginning with the snow of ashes, it drew me in and I wanted to know more. Very good, tight writing. The characters’ dilemmas and possible future endeavors had us debating on what the author might have meant regarding a certain “prophecy” and us looking for some loop holes. 😉
That said, I look forward to reading the rest of the series, once I’m mentally prepared for:
“If I accept, will I die silver-haired?”
July 22 – August 16
Print copy of Prophet, Judge & King. USA, Canada, UK only.
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