Review: There Comes a Prophet + Giveaway

Author: David Litwack
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Reading Level: Young Adult (12+)
Pages: 282 (Paperback)
Source: Blog Tour
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.”
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This review is going to be short and sweet for several reasons. Firstly, I did find this book to be enjoyable and cute. Secondly, I don't know how else to describe it besides "cute," and I say that because it almost seems as if this book is geared more towards a younger section of young adult readers than it would be older young adult readers. There was not much of a romance, no cussing, nothing scary, and I didn't feel as if the characters were ever in danger. This is one of those books that is wonderfully simplistic, but that's all there is to it.

I had a huge love for the characters. We follow the journey of three best friends and watch how their friendship grows. It's beautiful to see such a pure and loyal group of friends that isn't often found among literature full of scheming friends these days. Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas will do anything for each other and are undeniably forgiving. All completely different, they come together to create a great cast of characters that work together wonderfully. With that being said, I felt emotionally unattached to them. While they were very willing to bend over backwards for each other and I loved that, I just didn't connect with them. I wish I did because they were so unique, but this is one of those books that despite its simplicity and greatness that came hand in hand with the simplicity, I just couldn't connect with them the way I wanted to.

I also thought the concept of the dystopian world was very interesting. This is a world where the governing power that controls everyone does it through religion. They are the light that is saving everyone from the previous darkness. It was all very interesting and, for once, I wasn't turned off by religion in a novel. While this body rules through religion, it isn't overbearing and the corruptness of it all is fascinating. It easily kept me engaged and helped me breeze through this novel.

Litwack gave us a very enjoyable tale that is a nice read, especially for a rainy day. It showcases the importance of loyalty and friendship while the characters embark on a journey that can literally change the world. It's simple, light, and quick, and I truly believe it'll easily appeal to a younger audience. This book is recommended to those looking for a light, quick, and unique dystopian.

 3 stars

1. Must be 13 years or older.
2. Open everywhere.
3. 10 paperback copies for US/CAN and 10 e-books for international people!

1 comment:

  1. I agree this is a much simpler, easier read for a dystopian book. I also sort of felt like we were kept at arms length with the characters but it fit with the story so I didn't actually mind it, or consider it a negative. It's definitely a different style but it's a story that could be discussed for quite a long time. Thanks much for hosting a tour stop and for your review Lili!