Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Review::Prophet (Books of the Infinite)

Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see.

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen--not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young.

Istgard has turned their back on me. See the evil they do.

Yet after experiencing His presence, she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to follow the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. Here she meets Kien, a young Traceland ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela must surrender to her destiny... and determine how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

Will you accept the branch and speak my will? Will you be my prophet?
Often Christian novels, especially fantasy genre, leave me bored and wanting more.  This was not the case however for this book.  The characters were interesting, the story was exciting and intrigued me from the first chapter.  I could feel Ela's emotions and see her visions through the author's writing.  I was reminded of old testament prophets as I read and appreciated how closely the theology followed the Bible's.  This is a fast-paced novel with a bit of humor and romance thrown will appeal to a wide audience.  I'm excited to read the next book in the series.

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