- 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: #1,611,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
O’Rourke’s style has a smooth and measured literary quality that doesn’t suffer from being flowery or verbose. The reader feels the calmness one would expect from a priestess (or the Dalai Lama for that matter), and even though Esther, the protagonist, is barely more than a noviciate she exhibits the attributes of one having been forced into adulthood at an early age. Being able to see the future doesn’t help much, either.
O’Rourke’s fantasy world has nicely-visualized villages, palaces, temples and badlands. The supporting characters are fleshed out well, and the first-person point of view lends itself to Esther’s inner turmoil as she sees the fates of both friend and foe. The young priestess also has an interesting relationship with the primary gods in the tale.
My nitpicks are few and minor, as follows. While O’Rourke’s dialogue is natural it often covers the same ground as the inner monologue of the heroine, and since there are only a few true action scenes this redundancy tends to slow the overall pace. In it’s place I would have liked more detail into what motivated the more nefarious antagonists in the story. Then again, I read and write thrillers so my view may be slanted, there.
Overall, though, I quite enjoyed The Reluctant Prophet and have no doubt the Gillian O’Rourke has launched the first of what promises to be a popular series. Highly recommended.
Esther lives in a harsh world, and it seems the world and its malevolent gods are out to get her. Her gift is both a blessing and a curse, especially when it shows her divergent futures, and reveals that the future of the world hinges on the terrible choices she must make. Gillian O'Rourke's gift is that she really makes us feel for Esther, swamped beneath a relentless barrage of suffering, unable to escape her god-dictated fate no matter how she twists and turns. Yet still she remains strong in spirit and good of heart, under punishments that would have broken many characters, and the reader is rooting for her on every step of her difficult journey.
The book deals with some serious themes; religious oppression, class conflict, and the corruption brought about by the all-consuming desire for power, in the form of cold-hearted Superior Mirren and her guardian, the bully Placida, who look down on Esther as a peasant and seek to use her unique gifts to further both their own ambitions and those of the callous trio of Goddesses. How Esther rises about their machinations to find some sort of peace and freedom, even at the cost of a great sacrifice she must make, is to be celebrated. Much of the theme deals with the conflicts brought about by having both free will, and the ability to see where that free will can lead - in this case to war and heartbreak if Esther doesn't make the most difficult choice of her life.
It's a masterful piece of thought-provoking writing. Recommended.
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