Prophet

Prophet

Book - 2012
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At age 17, Ela Roeh of Parne becomes the Infinite's first female prophet sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war, but her mission is endangered when she partners with a young ambassador determined to serve up his own justice.
Publisher: Bloomington, Minn. : Bethany House, c2012
ISBN: 9780764209710
076420971X
Branch Call Number: / FICTION LARSON R
Characteristics: 350 p. ; 23 cm

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sarahbru17 Oct 06, 2017

Characters: 6/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 5/10
I did find the plot intriguing and the message inspiring, but it just *felt* like the first fiction novel from a writer. I found myself thinking of suggestions for the author as I went--like the potential was definitely there, but it wasn't ready yet. The characters were too direct, always saying exactly what they meant (instead of keeping stuff inside and only revealing bits and pieces through dialogue). There were evil 100% evil or 100% good characters, with very little on the spectrum in between. People either converted fairly easily (and with minimal tension) or absolutely refused the Infinite. A lot of the thoughts/dialogue felt stilted and unnatural. The romance was definitely forced. I thought the climax of the book should have happened in the Traceland/Istgard battle, but then there were an extra 100 pages after that, so it de-escalated slowly. While I did enjoy aspects of this story, I feel that the author simply has more to grow in developing her craft. She's certainly on the right path, but this didn't fulfill her potential.

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Quetouille
Jun 21, 2013

This is a great book, I coudn't put it down and I can't wait to read the next book, Judged.

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DragonRhapsody
Jun 09, 2013

My first issue with this novel is that the character on the front cover is NOT the character in the book. The character portrayed is a woman with olive skin and dark hair. The actual character, Ela, is dark skinned with black curly hair - I'm saddened that they didn't represent her description properly, as this would have been a much more inspiring story with an inspiring front image. The writing feels as if R. L. Larson is a new author; and the story is still compelling, fast-paced and inspiring. Unfortunately, as for "Breathlessly waiting for the next book," (Quoted review from the front cover by author Donita K. Paul), I won't be holding my breath, nor will I be reading it. I am not exhilarated enough to continue reading the series by the stoic and discordant characters, the temperamental story line, the lack of myth/legend, absence of history and description of surrounding areas, the wishy-washy, timey-wimey geography and passage of time, and the more questions asked then answered.

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akaethler88
Mar 02, 2013

Great story! Well written and very engrossing. I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series Judge.

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kenzb97
Sep 25, 2012

This story captured my attention and didn't let go long after I had closed the cover. Prophet gives you a glimpse into the old testament's prophets' challenging lives. The characters and the world R. J. Larson has created leaves you craving more.
It has enough humor and suspense to keep you reading.
My only complaints is that it wasn't longer and at times felt a bit rushed.
Otherwise, an amazing book!!!! A definite re-re-re-read. :)

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Quetouille
Jun 21, 2013

Quetouille thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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kenzb97
Sep 25, 2012

kenzb97 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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kenzb97
Sep 25, 2012

"Will you accept?"

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kenzb97
Sep 25, 2012

"A silver hair prophet has failed."

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kenzb97
Sep 25, 2012

Ela Roeh of Parne has many reasons why she shouldn't become a prophet. She has a bad temper, is unrefined, makes irrational decisions...not to mention she is only seventeen and a girl!
But the creator has His reasons for picking Ela to be His prophet. If she accepts His offer, the wise, old saying will become evident in her own life. Ela will die young.

Yet after enduring the painful torture of being without her Creator, she knows that a life without Him is no life at all.
She accepts His offer and is sent to Istgard, a land torn apart by war, idolatry, greed, and power.
The future of two nations now rest in the hands of this inadequate young girl. She'll be tested to her very limits and must learn how to trust the Creator over her own heart.
"Close you eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see.
Istgard has turn their back on Me. See the evil they do.
Will you accept the branch and speak My will? Will you be My prophet?"

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