The Library received this book to review as part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author's name might be familiar to my regular readers-- I reviewed another book of his earlier this year, The Lords of Prophecy. One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. You can see the other stops on the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/08/review-tour-princess-interrupted-by.html.
Arabelle must learn to overcome the debilitating effects of the poison that courses through her body. All the while, she must resist monstrous foes that threaten her people and the ones she loves.
She must do this while keeping a dark secret that only she can bear.
Once again, Mr. Rothman brings us an exciting tale from the lad of Trimoria--this one set earlier than the series previously mentioned. I hesitate to tell you to read this one first, but since it is a prequel it does fill in some of the answers to the questions the series raises. On the other hand, it was interesting to read about things and remember them from the series. Either way, you are in a for a treat.
Quite frankly, I adore Arabella-- liked her a lot in the series, but really enjoyed getting a chance for her to shine in this book. She's feisty, loyal, courageous--and her heart is as big as it comes.
The other point of view characters are Grisham, a young dwarf who is on a mission of his own, and Kirag, who is Azazel's chief enforcer. These povs are pretty well alternated throughout the book. Grisham and Arabella are both important in the fight against Azazel and are given gifts and aid from Seder to enable them.
It was good to visit Trimoria again and, even though this isn't something I normally do, reading this prequel has made me anxious to sit down again and re-read the Prophecies series.
With my foray into epic fantasy, I've shed the shackles of technical writing and created novels that I hope will be attractive to a much wider audience.
I've always admired truly epic tales. You know the ones I mean. The book you crack open, wander through and utterly get immersed in. The story takes you on twists and turns you never expected, run into dead-ends that make you wheel your arms backward to prevent you from falling into an endless abyss. By the time you reach what you think is the end, you've read hundreds of pages and realize the end is really only the beginning of the story.
You close the book and wonder out loud. "Do I have the next book? Is it out yet?"
My goal when I started writing the first book (HEIRS OF PROPHECY) that involved the Riverton family was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Since then, a second book (TOOLS OF PROPHECY) was released, and now I introduce the third book in the series with LORDS OF PROPHECY.
As to my other writing activities, I've completed another as of yet unreleased novel in the Prophecies series, and they are scheduled to be released as soon as - well, as soon as the paperwork on them is complete, and the lawyers nod their heads up and down.
I hope you enjoy the novel.
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