- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 886.0 KB
- Print Length: 414 pages
- 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: #920,305 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.
A few of the other characters are interesting, but as this is Esther's story, and from her point of view, I didn't really become too attached, or feel invested, in any of the other characters.
Originality- This story did have a few parts that felt original. I think the way the story is all put together is very well done and there is plenty in it to make it feel fresh and new.
Last thoughts- I really enjoyed the perspective of prophecy and the way the future was seen. It was simple and to the point. Often Prophecy is over complicated in stories, but it was easy to understand how it worked in the Reluctant Prophet. It is a great skill to turn something that is complex and make it easy to understand. This was done very well.
Overall this is a great story that is easy to follow, very interesting and certainly pulls at the heart strings.
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.
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