I'll admit it; I read this story for the cover. Isn't it gorgeous?! I'm really glad I gave it a chance though. It's a really neat Christian story in fantasy form.
Truly, the "Infinite" of Ela of Parne is the Lord I love and serve as well. I found some of the parallels and words of wisdom presented in a way that touched my spirit and really spoke to my heart.
I thought this story was well thought out, believable and yet still held that fantasy element to it that drew me in. I can't wait to pick up book two!
About the Story:
Ela of Parne has been chosen by the Infinite to be His Prophet to the people. I kind of got a clearer picture of how Elijah or Moses may have felt as I read this. They were His prophet but still human. I'm sure they really dreaded the delivery of some messages.
Ela leaves Parne with her younger sister, Tzana--a young girl plagued by a degenerative aging condition and travels to distant lands to deliver the Infinite's message. I thought this was interesting as it showed that God can use any of us if we will be his willing vessel. I also found myself worrying over her throughout the story which just shows how I fell in love with the characters.
From Parne, Ela finds herself in a kingdom that has turned away from the Infinite and it is her job to warn them. While she is there she is taken prisoner but she still delivers her message and does the will of the Infinite--even if the means losing her life. The determination and love that Ela holds for her creator serves as a firm reminder of how we should live our life for Him.
"I know the Infinite's voice because He tells me everything I don't want to hear, sends me where I don't want to go, and asks me to fulfill tasks I consider impossible. Above all, He is forever right."
During her time in prison, Ela meets Kien and though she tries not to--eventually she falls in love. I really wanted them together but I honestly can't see how it's going to work. So...in the end--I guess I'm going to have to pick up the next book just to find out!!!
Overall, I thought this book was really good. I struggled knowing how to rate it but decided on a 4 star solely because it seemed to drag for a little while in mid-story. Things picked up towards the end though and it was well worth the push to get through to end! This book definitely makes it to my bookshelf as a keeper!
This book is wonderful for many reasons! The destroyers(war horses) were delightful, the characters are very likeable and real, and the storyline is great!
The very best part is the relationship the prophet has with the Creator, the Infinite. It creates an aching desire to have that deep, intimate relationship with God for myself. The author presents so many truths about God as well.
I absolutely loved this book and was sad when I was done reading it. I did not want to leave the characters!
Ella Roch of Parne is the least likely person anyone would expect to be chosen a prophet of the Infinite. But the Infinite chooses Ella to be His voice of warning to the neighboring nations and kingdoms.
When Ella sees a vision of destruction and massacre in Ytar, she has no idea why the Infinite would send such horror to her. But she soon learns the truth - she has been chosen to bring a warning to change to the kingdom of Istgard for their evil decadence and abandonment of the ways of the Infinite.
Taking her younger sister Tzana with her Ella sets out on a journey that may very well end her life before it has truly begun. After all the old saying A silver-haired prophet has failed can only mean that Ella will die young and soon.
Ella's journey to Istgard is a time for her to grow and to train in her new life as a prophet. When danger comes Ella must learn painful lessons in learning to call first upon the Infinite and His protection in every matter.
Part of Ella's mission is to turn the heart of Ambassador Kien Lantec of the Tracelands to the Infinite. Having been captured after the massacre of Ytar, Kien is a prisoner of Istgard. As fellow prisoners Ella and Kien both serve the purpose of the Infinite though Kien is unaware of his part.
A battle is coming and Ella and Kien are headed to the very center as their Istgard captors are determined to have them fall in battle along with the Traceland forces. With the visions she has received about the upcoming battle, Ella knows the Infinite's Will will be fulfilled and that she will most likely die in the ensuing battle.
Prophet is an enjoyable reading experience. Reading it one can find various parallels to Old Testament Prophets so that one will be inspired to delve into the Bible and refresh one's familiarity with the Prophets of old.
I received a free copy of this title from Bethany House for the purpose of this review, no conditions were placed on this review.
Fantasy is not a genre that I usually read but over the last year or two, I have read a couple of them. Can't say that it has hooked me into reading more yet but it does make me more open to checking some of them out. When I came across this book browsing CBD, I thought that the story sounded like it would be a good read and I was not disappointed! I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put it down.
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.
This is the first fantasy book written by R.J. Larson and she did an awesome job. The way that she laid out Ela's character as well as her young sister, Tzana shows a lot of love and care between the two of them. Ela is young and a spitfire I imagine except when she accepts being a prophet, she tries to keep a hold on it. You are also introduced to Kien who becomes one of the main characters in the book. He has a lot of cheekiness to him but strength also. He does tend to want to act before thinking though.
Humor as well as some romance is woven through out the book but not overdone at all. Several times I found myself laughing at different parts.
You will also be introduced to what they call 'destroyers' which are war horses. These are probably my most favorite part in the book, especially Pet/Scythe. I love the characters that she has given to them and they add a lot to the story.
One of the main themes of the book is calling those who have gone away from the Creator, the Infinite, back to Him. He gives everyone a chance up until the last minute, until judgment is rendered. Even when His judgment has fallen, you can feel His sorrow through the written words. So much of what is said in this book could be used in our everyday lives to reach out to those around us. You can feel the truth in every word. I can't say that I have read too many fiction books that impressed me that way.
If you, like me, have never read a Christian fantasy book, this would be a great one to start with. There aren't a lot of wishers for it either. I can't wait for the next one, Judge, to come out in October.