Sunday, March 17, 2013

Book Review: There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack.

There Comes a Prophet There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack.
Book Summary: 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.”

Liana's Summary: The world was kept peaceful for a thousand years, by the ruling vicars. Apparently they're right, what they do is good, and what they make people do is for the greater good. When Nathaniel's friend Thomas comes back from his teaching, he's different.. aloof. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel goes on a rescue mission to save her. Somehow, the three end up going on an adventure of magic.. or what may seem like magic. They are going to the keep.

Rate(1-10): 8

First of all, I'd like to thank the author for giving me a chance to read this book by generously sending me a free copy!

Originally, I was planning to take a huge break from dystopia because I was getting a bit tired of the genre. But, oh well. Here I was, reading a dystopian book. LOL. Basically, this is just a whole alternate universe with tyrant-vicars ruling. Some of the rules and regulations from dystopian worlds just don't make sense at all.

Honestly, this book was actually pretty good, even if it wasn't my usual genre.

Character discussions-

Nathaniel-- He's great, and I kind of think that I didn't get to know him well enough. But he's a great character, always ready to sacrifice himself if it meant saving someone he cared about.

Orah- She's a really strong character. But sometimes I felt as if she was always the damsel-in-distress.. But now that I think about it I realize that she couldn't have done anything in her situation. She's really smart and I don't know where the guys would be without her.

Thomas- I would call him the Ron Weasley of the trio. He likes food.. a lot. And no matter how unimportant and burdensome he may seem, everyone will end up loving him. He's there when everyone needs him, and there when no one needs him as well. You gotta love Thomas. But he isn't like Nathaniel. He'll betray his friends to save himself..

After I finished this book I looked back at the title and cover picture and now realize how much sense it makes. It's really symbolic. Although it's not the most gorgeous cover

David Litwack did a really good job of creating this dystopian world with its own little mix of 'magic'. 

I wish there could have been more romance. Although the few romantic parts were really cute, I felt like it wasn't enough. Well, of course, for a romance fanatic like me. I kind of felt like the kisses came out of nowhere, though.

This story emphasized a lot on friendship and loyalty, and betrayal as well. It was such an important aspect that I don't know what would have happened without it.

Overall, it was a really entertaining read.


"He was glad she'd come."

And yet he tried to chase her away

"The directions to the keep."

"..making the Temple and humanity safe for all time."


"That we'll never make it to the keep."


"I believe in my friends."

This is oh-so-loyal and everything but I couldn't help but think of Barbie

"...leaned in and gave him a kiss on the cheek."


"..and kissed him."

"At you, Orah. I was staring at you."

"It was the arch vicar."

"To the keep, holiness."

"I'm your friend, Thomas,.."

"..and gave the names of his friends."

"No. This session is ended."

That's that. What did you guys think of this review?(;

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review it!


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