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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Watchers Chronicles
An event that changed five teens lives … and could alter the future of the world. Sam Becker has been suffering nightmares and waking up to disturbing paintings he doesnt recall creating. Hes also plagued by an inability to remember his childhood and the details of a night that changed him forever. When he encounters spiteful, fallen angels who are intent on destroying him, the vital memories return and it is clear he and his childhood friends are in grave danger. When Sam contacts Jonah, Carly, Jenna, and J, it becomes clear they too are suffering the same nightmares. Sam summons them to St. Louis where they find they are Watcherspart of a prophecy that will help end a war between fallen angels intent on destroying humanity and the guardian angel forces of heaven. Their Watcher gift allows them to see what rages around them, but when the fallen discover the Watchers abilities are growing, the five are placed in mortal danger … and all may not survive.
The book is well-written overall. It specializes in suspense, mystery, and a superhero vocabulary, all of which suit it well. However, it begins at a point of high intensity and only builds from there, with few, if any, rests for the characters. It is clear that the five are extremely close, but the reader doesnt quite get the depths of the relationship yet, which is appropriate for the first book in a series. The entire book is unforgettable, particularly the sequences during which they begin to remember their past together and Jonahs epiphany at the end of the book.
Sam, Jonah, J, Jenna, and Carly are living in terror. Inseparable when they were younger, they have now been scattered across the country, and each is experiencing terrible nightmares, seeing people who seem to be invisible to others, and a frightening memory loss of the time they spent together when they were younger. When Sam reunites them, they learn that as Watchers, it is their duty to fight the evil spirits that have awakened and now threaten to take over their world. They must learn to trust a God theyve stopped believing in if they want to survive.
Though the author divides her attention, giving the reader bits from each of the five main characters, she seems to center on Jonah, Sams brother. The reader gets the impression that Jonah was once good and could be again, but he is being held back. This character is very real and reacts to his situation believably. He proves again and again that he alone is nothing special, and it is only because God is working in him that he accomplishes the things he does. The other characters are at various levels of messed up in the worlds terms, and they complement Jonah very well. The relationships are not neat and perfect, but realistically rocky in places.
Overall, The Prophecy is a strong beginning for a promising series. I would recommend this thriller to those who are teens or older, though it might be a little scary for young children. Rebekah R. Blomenberg, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com