Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman

Posted as part of Tween Tuesday, hosted by GreenBeanTeenQueen.
Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman
Publisher: M&S Publishing
Publication date: April 2012
Pages: 370
Source: Review copy provided by author
For: Review/Tour
Series: Prophecies series, Book 1
When the Rivertons take a surprise vacation to Arizona, they little expected to end up in a strange new world called Trimoria.  A place where Ryan and Aaron discover they have magical powers - powers that will make them a target for the evil wizard Azazel.  Will they be able to defeat the evil powers that seek to destroy Trimoria before they themselves are destroyed?

Things I Liked:
The book has an interesting plot - the family that accidentally ends up in a strange world, complete with magic powers.  I love the device of following strange paths to new worlds, like the Chronicles of Narnia or Beyonders, and this is along those same lines.  The fantasy world is complex and interesting, if not unique, and has plenty of cool creatures and odd characters - and, of course, an evil wizard.  I was especially fascinated at the inclusion of Ryan and Aaron's parents in the adventure - it seems there are very rarely good, present parents in fantasy stories, but they are here in this one and quite good.  Definitely a unique trait in MG fantasy books. 

Things I Didn't Like:
I have to admit, I was put off a few times with the writing.  Sometimes the way things are described just seemed awkward.  And I had a hard time imagining the family wouldn't even think about getting home, instead they settled completely into their new life in a strange place.  It just didn't seem realistic at all and left me feeling like the first part of the book, about their life before, was not important.  It's not as compelling or interesting as many fantasy books (especially the read-alikes), but it will still be fun for those who love a good adventure story - and especially fans of blacksmithing (there's a LOT of time spent describing the making of swords, etc.).

Beyonders by Brandon Mull
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

s-factor: ! 
maybe one or two

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->
a few instances of fighting, not descriptive

Overall rating: ***

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  1. I really like the layout of your review, what you liked and didn't like and why. It gives such a nice balance. Thank you so much for the time you put into reading/reviewing Heirs of Prophecy, and for being on the tour. We really appreciate it!

    1. Thanks for having me on the tour - and for your kind comments :)

  2. Hah! I enjoyed this review, thank you.

    Oddly enough - the thing you point out about the parts that lacked a strong message about wishing they could go back home was something that hit the cutting room floor (my wife wasn't thrilled about it and I suppose I was ambivalent).

    Makes me wonder if/when a reprint occurs, whether I could put some of that back in.

    1. Wow - am long winded. Nonetheless, thank you for your thoughts and the review. It is appreciated.


    2. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Michael! And you were not long-winded at all :)


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