I have a really fascinating YA Fantasy book to share with you called There Comes A Prophet written by David Litwack.
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.My Review:
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."
This was actually a pretty good book. I wasn't sure how or where the Vicars got all of their teachings or why the people believed in them or supported them, but I can see why a group of people can rule over another group and scare them so bad that they obey without questioning. It happens all the time, doesn't it?
I finally caught on what the time frame was that this story is based on and I won't spoil it for you but it all makes sense by the time the book is finished. And it really does tie in nicely about a lot of things that we believe in now and how sometimes things get distorted and then someone else elaborates on a point or two and then the whole original idea is completely gone.
Nathaniel dares to think differently as does his friend Orah and Thomas. Although Thomas is the weaker of the three, in the end it is Thomas who saves them all. Orah is a good person but she gets a little whiney in some parts of the story and I wish I could have reached in and slapped her a few times.
I also loved that finally, when push came to shove, the people who knew these three young teens finally woke up and decided to defend them instead of following by blind faith that just because they had questions, that they should be punished severely for asking. After all, it's okay to question. Nothing wrong with that. Most young people question just about everything these days. But, no one should have to die because of it.
If YA Fantasy is your cup of tea, then this book will definitely delight you and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
About the Author:
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
There Comes a Prophet is his first novel in this new stage of life.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.