Prophet by R.J. Larson Book Review

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Ela Roeh of Parne doesn’t understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She’s undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she’s much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne’s elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite’s prophet, Ela knows she will die young.Yet she can’t imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite’s voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite’s word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

R .J Larson is the author of numerous devotionals such as Women’s Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman’s Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.
To be honest. I probably would have never picked up this book from a bookstore, and brought it home to read since the main character is female, and I’m a guy, not really my thing. Maybe I would have, who knows. Anyways, when I read the description about the book, it definitely intrigued me. I can definitely say that after reading this, it is a fantastic read.
Here we have a girl, Ela, who is just like everyone else, and her Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become his prophet. Now even reading from the information provided on the back cover of the book, She’s only seventeen, so she’s young, and she’s just a normal teenage girl, so she’s definitely wondering why. Reminds me of when God was calling Moses to speak, but Moses was saying he couldn’t speak right, but God still used him.
This is such an amazing read. I definitely enjoyed it from the very start of the first page right down to the end of the very last page. The level of detail in writing and also the description of every little thing was amazing. How the author takes the time to write in detail, describing everything. Even during the first few pages I’m drawn into the main character, Ela like what’s going to happen with such and such an event, like a connection with the character. Seemed like I had a connection with every character that  was in the book.
The book was truly wonderful, sometimes I wished why I had to put it down, well you do need to sleep.The writing style and the words  that were used were fantastic, drawing you into the pages like you’re almost in the places the book is talking about and living the story with the characters. Cheering for them, feeling sad or excited. There was one part of the book I thought I could be added upon, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone.
You definitely get the sense and relationship with the Old Testament, and places in the book definitely reminded me of Prophets in the bible. It was a great job done with a sense of that.
This is a great book addition to the fantasy genre, and if your interested in anything of that genre, this is definitely something that you should pick up.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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