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Title: There Comes A Prophet
Author: David Litwack
Date of Publication: July 9, 2012
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Genre: dystopian YA
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.”
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Admittedly, when I saw that There Comes A Prophet is a dystopian young adult novel, I immediately signed up for the tour. I love dystopia so much, it’s not healthy. Haha! I know it was wrong not to read the blurb but with regards to dystopia, I’m much of a genre-reader. I will read anything dystopia. So imagine my surprise when I got the book and checked out the back. I didn’t know it was a fantasy-dystopia novel, with religious undertones too. I’m not too keen on fantasy and quests and I’m certainly not religious. Uh-oh, I mentally kicked myself in the shins. But I signed up for the tour and so, I trudged There Comes A Prophet with trepidation.
The start did not grabbed me immediately and so, I grew nervous page after page. But then things got really exciting and I was glad I did not put it down. There Comes A Prophet is a short novel and after the initial lull that might have been just my sleepiness talking, I just read page after page and not long after, I was done with it. The quest was fast-paced and it successfully made me invested in everything. The characters were really engaging and endearing and matured during the course of the novel. Moreover, the dystopic society David Litwack built in this novel was nothing short of amazing. It’s a different kind of dystopia, yes, like I said, it has fantastical elements. Plus, the religious undertones I was so worried off? Didn’t mind it. It was actually cool how he incorporated that without sounding preachy. Additionally, Litwack’s writing style was easily understandable (usually my problem with fantasy) and totally apt for the tone of the novel.
All in all, a nice and surprising read. I recommend this to fans of dystopia, especially to those who love fantasy as well. Genre mash-up is so cool.
About David Litwack
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
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.
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