Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Prophet



Title:  Prophet
Author:  R. J. Larson                                                                                                                         
Pages:  350
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Bethany House
                Prophet is R. J. Larson’s first novel in the fantasy genre as well as the first in a series titled Books of the Infinite.  The author writes with ease in making the story a page-turner.  It was very easy for me to get involved with the characters and their stories.
                Ela Roeh is 17 years old and almost betrothed.  She lives with her mother, father, and little sister.  She and her little sister are very close.  One day while trying to find her sister, she finds her in the tomb of the city’s last prophet, who died 70 years ago.  In the tomb, his staff is found next to his tomb.  Ela experiences a vision of the future and is terrified.  She also receives an offer from the Infinite to become his prophet.  At first, she is reluctant as there has never been a female prophet before, she is too young, she has no experience…you get the idea.  She also experiences very briefly what it is like to be without the Infinite.  After that experience, she vows that she never wants to leave Him or have Him leave her.  She agrees to be his prophet, and He sends her on a journey away from her family and friends.  She does take her little sister along with her on the journey.  Along the way, they encounter many new experiences.  Some are dangerous, some are fantastic, and others are sad.  She has many opportunities to talk about the Infinite to others.  She begs some to repent, but to no avail.  Others watch her cautiously and do repent.  She soon learns she must be totally dependent on the Infinite in each and every situation, relying on Him to provide whatever she needs in each circumstance.
                Kien Lantec is an ambassador from the Tracelands, serving in another kingdom and trying to negotiate a treaty.  He is charming, handsome, and good-natured.  However, he soon is declared a traitor and thrown in prison.  He doesn’t believe in the Infinite, but he will use His prophet to escape prison if he can.  As he spends time with Ela and watches her obey and depend on the Infinite, he begins to fall in love with her.  He sees firsthand the Infinite at work, keeping His promises and making what He says will happen, happen.  Kien also makes a decision to change his unbelief into belief in the Infinite.  He, at one point, is offered a kingship, but turns it down.  His father is very angry with that decision, but is also angry and embarrassed about his son’s newfound faith in the Infinite.  His father decides a military career would be the best thing for his son as it would keep him away from home a lot and no one would learn of his beliefs.  Kien asks Ela to marry him.  Will she accept?  Will his family accept her?
                What other adventures will Ela and Kien have?  We get to read about Kien’s adventures in the next book in the series, Judge.  I’m looking forward to see how various relationships progress in this next novel.  It was so encouraging to read about a character living out her faith to the extreme.  It challenged me to think about how I’m living for Him.
                My rating is 3.5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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