- File Size: 1192 KB
- Print Length: 414 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909845183
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- Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books; 1 edition (August 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EX6BC5O
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
This fantasy saga was a well-told tale. Esther is a prophet and a priestess who just wants a little peace in her life, but the Gods and those in power have other plans for Esther.
The author tells this story in vivid detail. I felt for poor Esther and her plight. There are many twists and turns in this book and not everything worked out how I thought it would. I recommend this book for anyone that likes an epic fantasy with a bit of romance.
The story starts with Ester, a prophet, about to undergo and endurance test to see if she has the right qualities to become a priestess. This procedure, seen through Ester's eyes, seems fair at the time. It is only later one questions if the test is not merely a device to get rid of the candidates already deemed un-useful? Ester is accepted, the only peasant to get this accolade. It is notable her three fellow successes are all of high birth. Ester is full of hope for her future, particularly when she learns she is to go to the capital city temple. Here is another example of great layering as the joy unravels when the scales are removed from her eyes.
Ester is devote and determined to stand by her vows to her gods. Indeed, she has an early indication of what will happen to her if she does not. A chilling warning. She is also strong in spirit, so when the unravelling starts, it holds her together. There are choices to make in her future. They will bring heartbreak, and yet she only has an incomplete picture as her own fate it is never revealed to her.
A very powerful read. Highly recommended.
Pace- The Reluctant Prophet is paced well and easy to read. There are parts that give detailed accounts of Esther's emotions and reactions to her circumstance that may feel slow to some people, but these are important for the emotional attachment that develops between the reader and Esther.
World Building- The world is certainly detailed enough to be believable. It's clear there could have been a lot more detail, but the balance of just enough detail was important for this story as too much would have suffocated Esther's story. We see the world as Esther sees it, on her journey, and this is important. The places, events, reactions and social structure were all portrayed well.
Characters- Esther is a very normal character in her personality, acting and reacting the way most good people would in her position. However, it is the extraordinary events that surround her that make her interesting, and the pains she goes through are what make the reader care for her. This is done very well. I really did care for her.
A few of the other characters are interesting, but as this is Esther's story, and from her point of view, I didn't really become too attached, or feel invested, in any of the other characters.
Originality- This story did have a few parts that felt original. I think the way the story is all put together is very well done and there is plenty in it to make it feel fresh and new.
Last thoughts- I really enjoyed the perspective of prophecy and the way the future was seen. It was simple and to the point. Often Prophecy is over complicated in stories, but it was easy to understand how it worked in the Reluctant Prophet. It is a great skill to turn something that is complex and make it easy to understand. This was done very well.
Overall this is a great story that is easy to follow, very interesting and certainly pulls at the heart strings.