There Comes A Prophet
By David Litwack
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Published By: Double Dragon PublishingGenre: YA DystopianWho among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”
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First, I'd like to thank Girls Heart Books for allowing me to Guest review! I'm so totally honored and thankful for the privilege. secondly, thanks have to go to the author for all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears. It's definitely appreciated.
I love fantasy books. I love being able to be transported to another world. Mr. Litwalk does a good job at creating his world and characters. The downside of things with fantasy worlds though is if something's not aptly described it's hard to image the way the author intended. During some parts of the story this phenomenon did occur. The visualization is good, it gets the point across but it could have been better.
The characters are pretty standard for fantasy characters. While not complete cardboard cutouts there are several points where connecting with the character was difficult because of the flatness of their make up. They have great potential to be more, but at this point in the story there's no real connection to be able to empathize or live in their shoes.
The story has great potential. It was on the short side (A little over two hours for me to read) and left a feeling of an introduction rather than a novel. There are a few things that are left unanswered (probably intentionally) and some character growth that would be expected in future books to come.
Overall it was an easy, pleasant read. it's definitely a fantasy book that I would recommend for the lighter readers. A hardcore fantasy reader may be disappointed with its length and lack of growth.
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The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. There Comes a Prophet is his first novel in this new stage of life.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
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