- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1192 KB
- Print Length: 414 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909845183
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books; 1 edition (31 Aug. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EX6BC5O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pace- The Reluctant Prophet is paced well and easy to read. There are parts that give detailed accounts of Esther's emotions and reactions to her circumstance that may feel slow to some people, but these are important for the emotional attachment that develops between the reader and Esther.
World Building- The world is certainly detailed enough to be believable. It's clear there could have been a lot more detail, but the balance of just enough detail was important for this story as too much would have suffocated Esther's story. We see the world as Esther sees it, on her journey, and this is important. The places, events, reactions and social structure were all portrayed well.
Characters- Esther is a very normal character in her personality, acting and reacting the way most good people would in her position. However, it is the extraordinary events that surround her that make her interesting, and the pains she goes through are what make the reader care for her. This is done very well. I really did care for her.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Novice Esther, newly accepted in an order devoted to the trinity of gods Lo, Era and Tyrus, also possesses the gift of foresight. But while that gift could benefit the entire kingdom, her superiors have their own, more personal plans. And though Esther cannot foretell her own future, others in her order can. The gods work in mysterious and inhuman ways...
Avoiding spoilers, Esther's journey is not an easy or a pleasant one to follow. There isn't a lot of light relief, and that is compounded by the single viewpoint in first person. That limitation slows the pace too, but when the plot really takes off and Esther's superiors make an unconscionable decision, O'Rourke's viewpoint choice places the reader right at the heart of Esther's struggle, and that choice pays off.
At its heart, despite the violence, The Reluctant Prophet is a romance as well as a pinning down of gods and prophecies. Poor Esther doesn't dare dream of this sort of future in the first half of the book, but in the second half it's almost the only thing that gives her any kind of hope. Her own faith is as much a weapon to be used against her as it is a crutch; O'Rourke plays out the heartfelt struggle deftly and gives the story a good two-fingers-to-the-gods conclusion that sits well with Esther's physical and emotional wounds.
If any one thing could have been done better, I'd have wished for a few different word choices in places, but the story is definitely told in Esther's voice. A quick note for the cover art too - Evelinn Enoksen's portrait of Esther is a wonderful stand-out. A grim fantasy that doesn't rely on brawn and battles but instead places women at the heart of the intrigue, The Reluctant Prophet is a promise of greater things still to come from Gillian O'Rourke.
Most recent customer reviews
Powerful imagery and unforgettable characters drive Gillian O’Rourke’s The Reluctant Prophet, a romantic fantasy about a priestess with the ability to see the future. Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by Dean Lombardo
I picked this book up yesterday evening and didn't stop until I had finished. It was very late/early. There was a point when I was weeping. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Book Lover
I took a chance on reading this book as fantasy is not my preferred genre. However the story line really pulled me in and I found I could not put the book down. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2013 by Siobhan
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