Author: R.J. Larson
First published January 1, 2012
352 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780764209710 (ISBN10: 076420971X)
As a young girl, Ela Roeh of Parne never imagined herself becoming the prophet of the Infinite. She’s always been considered undignified and bad-tempered, and to make matters worse, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl.
But when the Infinite calls upon her, Ela can’t resist the pull to follow His voice. Even though she knows that accepting the sacred vinewood branch means she’ll die young, Ela is determined to do whatever it takes to bring the Infinite’s word to a nation at war.
Along the way, she meets a young ambassador who shares her passion for justice and together, they form an unlikely partnership. But as Ela struggles to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite, she’ll have to rely on her faith more than ever before.
Join Ela on her journey in “Prophet” by R.J. Larson.
About the Author
Meet R.J. Larson, a talented author who has written several devotionals for publications like Women’s Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman’s Heart. Larson and her family reside in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Her latest work, The Books of the Infinite series, showcases her incredible skills in the fantasy genre. With this series, Larson proves that she is a force to be reckoned with in the world of literature.
Prophet, written by R.J. Larson and first published in January 2012, is a thrilling debut in the realm of biblical fiction. Larson, well-known for her contributions as a freelance writer for magazines such as “Today’s Christian Woman” and “Christian Parenting,” creates an immersive and engrossing world that captivates readers page after page.
The novel takes place in the fictional land of Karyneth, where the powerful and evil King Tarkos has ruled for years. It follows the story of Ela, a young shepherdess from the countryside who is chosen by God as a prophet.
Despite her lowly status, Ela is tasked with the monumental responsibility of warning King Tarkos of impending doom if he continues down his wicked path. Along the way, she encounters a band of adventurers—including the charming and rogue-like assassin, Tavi—who help her on her mission.
Larson’s writing style is rich and descriptive, bringing the Kingdom of Karyneth to life with vivid detail. Her attention to character development is also impressive, with Ela’s journey from timid shepherdess to powerful prophet at the forefront of the story.
The pacing of the plot is well-crafted, keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seat throughout. Prophet is a story of faith, redemption, and the battle between good and evil.
While the book is set in a fictional world, Larson does an exceptional job of drawing out the underlying themes that are relevant to modern times. The novel’s exploration of power, corruption, and the effects of greed resonate deeply with current events, making this book not only an enjoyable read but also one that has significant cultural and historical importance.
However, the book is not without its flaws. At times, the religious content can come across as heavy-handed, and the dialogue between characters can feel stilted.
Additionally, the world-building may leave readers wanting more information about the history and mythology behind Karyneth. Despite these limitations, Prophet is an excellent read for fans of biblical fiction or fantasy.
Larson’s poetic prose and intricate world-building will transport readers to a world of magic and wonder, while the overarching themes of hope and faith will leave them feeling uplifted and inspired. In conclusion, Prophet by R.J. Larson is a remarkable debut that is sure to delight readers of all ages.
It is a book that encourages us to believe in ourselves and to have faith in the goodness of others. This book receives a 4 out of 5 stars from Washington Post.