Review: There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack


There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack
ebook and paperback, 282 pages
Published July 9th, 2012 by Double Dragon Publishing
Source: Author
Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.

I honestly had no idea what I would think of this book.  It has an interesting description, but I felt a little clueless about it.  It sounds like dystopian fantasy or something.  And the book started out feeling kind of fantasy, but that was just because of the world we’re introduced to.  The people live like they did in the old the days, before technology and cars, etc.  They weave clothing, they grow their food, they travel by foot or cart, they live simple lives.  At about the halfway mark we get to see a bit of what we know, what is the ancient past to them.  Huge cities, with incredible buildings, cars that move on their own, etc.  Suddenly it starts feeling more dystopian.  And it’s neat because these three friends don’t know what they are seeing and it’s all amazing and like magic to them.

I was wondering what sort of religious tone the book would have.  And I think it’s important to clarify it.  In this book the leaders of their ‘world’ are Vicars.  But the religion is not really a religion.  Because religion was cause for wars and so many disasters, they had wiped it out and made one common religion and now what they worship is the light.  They live in the time of the light and they are taught to fear the dark and bringing it back.  As the dark was the time before, when there were wars and humans went around destroying everyone with huge weapons.  Now the Vicars are feared and dreaded and they tried to keep everyone in hand by scaring them with ‘teachings’.  But if you want to know more about that you’ll have to read the book. ;)

So now  that I’ve given you a better idea of what the book is about I bet your wondering if I liked it, right?  And yes!  I really liked it!  I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading, and when I was reading it was easy to keep reading, I never grew bored and nothing made me want to take a break.  I really liked the characters and the very strong friendship they had.  They weren’t without issues, but they never got annoyingly angsty and seemed to work through things with minimal drama.  I also loved the world and how it all worked. I felt like I had a pretty good grasp on it.  Of course, it wasn’t immediate but there weren’t any info dumps and everything was fairly uncomplicated.

I most definitely recommend this book to dystopian lovers.  And those that are fans of fantasy should enjoy it as well even though it’s not a fantasy, it just has that old world feel in a large chunk of the book.  The book may look a bit sci fi by the cover, but it’s not really.  It didn’t have a sci fi feel to me even though there’s one portion of the book that did lean a bit in that direction, it wasn’t anything too strong and there weren’t any crazy inventions or anything hard to comprehend.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

I am booking a tour for this book.  Keep in mind that I read the book before this came about and my opinion was not in any way influenced.  If you are interested in hosting a tour stop please let me know by sending me an email to candace_redinger (at)yahoo(dot)com

 

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Comments

  1. I’ve been on a dystopian kick lately, so I’m thinking I should add this to the list! I’m glad you clarified the religion aspect, that’s typically something I steer way clear of, but I like that it’s not religion in the traditional sense. Thanks for the recommendation Candace!

  2. I am loving all these books that blend the genres. I like that this book had you thinking about it once you finished it. Sounds very interesting indeed!

  3. It looks like MG for me, or is it more YA? I”m always very cautions about religious aspects of books so thanks for pointing this out!

    Lately, I just haven’t been so much into Dystopia, but when this times comes back I’ll keep it in mind :)

  4. Danny,
    It’s YA for sure. The characters are in their teens.

    Melissa,
    I’m not sure if it’s a stand alone or not. I have in my head that it’s series but I’m not sure if I was told that or not. It’s hard to remember everything. But it definitely could stand on it’s own. But I’m really hoping for more so we can see how things change for them.

  5. Fantastic review, Candace! I love how well you expressed both the positive and negative aspects of this novel and it sounds like something unique, original, and frankly speaking, interesting compared to most of the other typical novels out there. I definitely need to pick this one up soon! :D

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