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Heirs of Prophecy (The Prophecies Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Rothman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land.

The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself - the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world.

The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde.

Only one thing stands in their way.

The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.

[For those who enjoy reading the prequels of a series first, see Princess Interrupted - the prequel to the Prophecies series]


Editorial Reviews

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"Rothman's language and description are precise and well-tuned to an adolescent readership...a fair, heroic fantasy for the school-age demographic."
                       - Kirkus Reviews

"There is a sweetness and light to this novel that often seems missing in modern fantasy. I think that a wise reader will recognize that this is something the world needs, and has been waiting for."
                       - David Farland, New York Times Bestselling Fantasy Author

"Let me say, before anything else, that Michael A. Rothman can most definitely tell a story! The Riverton family is one of the sweetest groups of people that I've ever met. Aaron, Ryan and their parents face a lot in this book, but they deal with it as a family. If you're looking for a wholesome read that will still draw in your young reader, this is it!"
                       - Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

"Heirs of  Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is the perfect read for young readers who  enjoyed reading other series by authors like Christopher Paolini and Brandon Mull."
                       - There's A Book

"As an educator with a love for children and adolescent books, I found myself very interested in this book. There are so very few books that both adults and adolescents can enjoy and relate to. I'm glad to say this book is one of those few books."
                       - Barbara Greenwald, Retired NYC Elementary School Teacher

Product Details

  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: M & S Publishing, L.L.C.; 3 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MW34X4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice fantasy book! July 24, 2012
By The Owl
Format:Paperback
Ok I'll be honest. When I first got this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it. And when I first started reading it I still wasn't sure. I really kept waiting for something to happen to the parents or for their to be a huge divide between them and when it didn't happen I was kinda left lost! Stupid I know but it does show what my expectations are for middle grade lit sometimes! But once I started to get further into the story I really started to enjoy it!!

As the story starts out there are several strands of events happening separate from each other. At first I struggled keeping them all in order in my mind, but that didn't last long. Immediately my mind was working on figuring out how all these strands would start to come together in the story and how they could affect each other. I was cool to actually watch it play out. And by the end they seamlessly came together as a full story. I'm always amazed when authors can pull that off!

Ok about the plot. I loved the concept of a family being transported to a time and place they didn't know. Haven't we all thought of that happening??? Especially to a land where magic is real!! And how this played out was good. I did thought, think they adjusted a bit too quickly. I think for most of us we'd be a bit more freaked out. They just accepted it and jumped right in. I could put this aside and just enjoy the story. As the story came to a head with all the strands of stories coming together, the action was great and I was fully engaged. I really wanted to see how this family worked together to succeed! There were also times that there was great detail in how things like the smithwork was done that I wasn't interested in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential April 14, 2013
By Alisan
Format:Kindle Edition
I found the story quite good in some ways and read to the end to give it a fair chance. Rothman has some interesting ideas. As is often the case, a good editor would have eliminated distracting typos and overuse of certain words - eg people tend to 'smirk' a lot and 'bounce' a lot.
I had planned fo give the book to my 13 yo to read but a few veiled sexual references, the dad accidentally killing a boy in anger, and the rather gory fight near the end, plus a growing darkness and evil makes me wonder where the sequel will go.
The two boys are very soon acting unlike 12 and 14. Again, a good editor could have helped with continuity ... Perhaps Rothman was just eager to get them ready for his skirmish scenes.
I think the good guys are rather too 'perfect' - even the cat.
We are told there are epic battle scenes coming so I am sure fantasy fans of this genre will enjoy the book and the things which have disappointed me probably won't be an issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy :) July 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. It's for young kids so it was pretty easy to read. I don't know why I wasn't so into fantasy when I was younger, but I'm glad that these days the young 'uns have so many awesome reading options, including books like the Percy Jackson series and of course this one. I love books that really get people to use their imagination!

I enjoyed this book. The world building is marvelous and easy to follow. I also like the fact that the characters are one family experiencing the magic and adventure together. I already have a copy of the next book, Tools of Prophecy, and I'm excited to read it. I'm thinking of passing on these books to my young niece and nephew. :)

*I received a review copy from the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Young Adult Fantasy! July 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
They were on vacation and their Dad wasn't telling anyone where they were going, he just said it would be fun. His first stop is to explore a cave. Mom and the kids aren't as enthused as he is, but they all play along. What his Dad hasn't planned was to fall through a portal into another world...

The family finds themselves in a misty woods that resembles nothing they are familiar with. The animals and fruits and unrecognizable. They don't know if they are in friendly or enemy lands. And, for some reason, Ryan's hands now flash a bit of electricity. More changes are coming...

This is story written for young adults and has everything you could imagine in a good fantasy story in it. A wicked wizard, an evil queen, elves, dwarves, ogres, and even more odd characters permeate this story. The family is found by the Protector of the region and he takes them home with them. He knows he must hide them and not let their ignorance of the present culture show they don't belong. Anyone who doesn't belong dies. Even some of the ones that do belong die.

This is a world full of conflicts, strange powers, and a prophecy that somehow seems to be coming together. The story is fast paced, exciting and all the characters are facing challenges. The family has powers they didn't know existed and they are part of the prophecy.

Why not settle in a comfortable chair and fall through the portal with this family? It's an adventure you won't forget...

Happy reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
*** A complimentary copy of this novel was given to me by the author for review purposes. ***

The beautiful family of Rivertons - Dad Jared, Mom Aubrey and sons Ryan and Aaron - had planned to enjoy their summer vacation in Arizona (their father's 'surprise' place to the family). When they were camping in Arizona, by some unexpected accident that none of them understands, they land in a strange land called Trimoria. As soon as the family arrives there, they each seem to have gained some magical powers, which they didn't yet realize. Soon, they were given shelter by the town's Protector, Throll, in his house. Throll and his family become very close to the Rivertons.

In between all this, there is a evil Wizard, Azazel, who has been living in Trimoria for five centuries and have killed all the wizards, as soon as they are born. If Azazel knows about the Rivertons' magical powers, will they be Azazel's next target? Oh yeah, to make it even better, there is also a prophecy concerning the Rivertons family. According to the prophecy, the boys Ryan and Aaron, will bring all the magical population together and beat the evil out of the land. How is this going to be possible, when there is such a grave danger ahead?

A middle-grade fresh and simple fantasy read! There is nothing special about this book, but that's what makes it feel good. Its simple and light, just ready to be enjoyed by children.

It was fun reading the snippets in the title of each chapter about how a major character felt about their life at that time. It was new and I was looking forward to read them, everytime I start with a new chapter.

The only problem I had with this novel was, it became predictable after some time. But, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the novel..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series!
Great series to instill important life lessons, or just to enjoy an action-packed adventure!
Published 2 months ago by FLreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Heirs of Prophecy
I enjoyed the opening chapter of this story. The characters are well written and the plot twists are interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cindyaie
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems like an inherent start to a good series
I look forward to reading the rest of the series. There were portions that seemed out of place but the story still eventually carried forward. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good magical fantasy story
This is one interesting book. A family was on vacation when there was a rock slide in the cave they were exploring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justyn
1.0 out of 5 stars unread
Amazon asked me to review this book even though I have not yet started reading it. So I have to give it the lowest rating possible.
Published 6 months ago by curt13
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
When this book first started I said "really?". Towards the end, I could not put the book down. I enjoyed the characters and how they developed their skills. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Librarylover
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book just makes you want to keep on reading. It's slow first but gets really exciting towards the end.
Published 9 months ago by truth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
When I started reading this book I was amazed at how good it was. It had a great storyline and interesting characters. I read this in one day and would recommend this book.
Published 9 months ago by Abel
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy you don't want to miss!
I just finished reading Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman, and it's a wonderful fantasy adventure. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The DMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Heirs of Prophasy
I absolutely loved this book. The unique twist of role reversal I loved. Evil characters being good and normally good being bad. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Robichaud
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More About the Author

(Updated October 1st, 2013)

I've been writing throughout my career as an engineer, however my writing had been relegated to technical books and technical magazine articles. Heck, you might even find a couple of those musty tomes still for sale if you look hard enough.

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 with HEIRS OF PROPHECY was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Along with that story, the remainder of the trilogy (TOOLS OF PROPHECY & LORDS OF PROPHECY) has also been released.

I'd wanted to further explore one of the female characters since the series was published and with a little cajoling by some of the readers, as of October 1st, 2013, PRINCESS INTERRUPTED was released. It is a prequel to the main Prophecies series and focuses on Arabelle and establishes how she became who she is.

Oh - one more thing. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but I've already outlined another epic fantasy series, set in the modern world. It falls squarely into the contemporary fantasy category, but I believe readers of my prior books will appreciate that there will be familiar threads that they'll be able to relate to, and we might even have an opportunity to explore a cast of characters they've been previously introduced to. I'll update my BIO when things become more real on that or I have other things to announce.

In the meantime, if you want to see my ramblings, I lurk at the following social media portals:

Twitter - @MichaelARothman
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MichaelARothman
Blog - http://michaelarothman.com/

-Mike Rothman

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