It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
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and the book:
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of ZonderKidz for sending me a review copy.***
Five children (Sam, Jonas, J, Carly, & Jenna) experience an event that forever changes not only their lives but mankind as a whole as well. Unfortunately, not one of them is able to recall just what transpired. Eventually, their friendships fade and they go their own separate ways. Fast forward several years: Sam, the “leader” of the pack, begins to have nightmares that he can’t seem to get out of his mind. He contacts the rest of the group and one he realizes they are having similar nightmares, he suggests that they meet back up in New Orleans.
As each of the group trek back home for their reunion, they are faced with supernatural barriers attempting to stop them from reuniting, and from remembering what happened that evening so long ago. They eventually discover that they are Watchers-humans caught in a battle between warrior angels who watch over mankind and fallen angels hell-bent on destroying life as we know it.They must come together as one to wage war against the fallen and help save mankind.
Although The Prophecy is labeled as young adult fiction, it would easily be appealing to an adult. Miller did a fantastic job of pacing the storyline, building the suspense in such a way to keep you intrigued and interested. While the underlying storyline focuses on the power of faith, Miller portrays it in such a way to avoid being overtly preachy. My only complaint would be the length of the book; I feel as though it could have been a bit shorter. The first part of the book seemed to drag a bit to me, but the last half of the book made up for it! The last 100 pages or so are full of action and suspense. My only concern is that some readers might be dissuaded by the first half of the book and give up before it gets really good. Ideally, the excitement and energy that exists in the last half of the book should be carried through the entire novel.
That said, I still highly recommend this! As I stated above, this is technically a Christian fiction but doesn’t seem to be at first glance. If you aren’t familiar with Christian fiction and have the desire to test the waters, this might be the book for you!
Dawn Miller is an award-winning filmmaker and author who has written and produced several books, a music video and an urban teen drama. She lives in St. Louis with her teenage son and is currently at work on the graphic novel and feature film version of “The Watcher Chronicles”.
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List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 13, 2010)
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