When I was just a wee babe of a blogger, I was trying to get my name out there as much as I could. And one way I was doing that was making my presence known on Twitter. I’ve met such amazing people, and one of those is Erin Albert.
Tomorrow, Erin’s debut novel, The Prophecy, will release. There aren’t links available for it yet, but as soon as there are, I am going to be so excited to share them with you. I was honored to read this book before its release tomorrow.
So now you can enjoy my spoiler free review of Erin’s brand new book! Check back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Erin!
The Prophecy by Erin Albert
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Young Adult, Fantasy
Part of a Series?:
The first novel in The Fulfillment Trilogy
You May Like if You Liked:
Epic fantasies like The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima, and the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce
From Good Reads:
Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.
Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?
Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidentally meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction–for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.
When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now, she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.
I think that Erin has an amazing start to her series, and that there is a wonderful premise here. I am a fan of epic fantasies, taken into worlds that seem familiar, like worlds of old, but with those twists. Think Game of Thrones, Seven Realms by Cinda Chima, etc. Epic fantasies.
That being said, I think there was a lot being left unanswered. There was so much that could be done with this book and this world, but I felt the first book was incredibly rushed. The amount of events that go down in this one book could honestly fill an entire trilogy, I feel, and yet it was just so incredibly rushed. I wanted to know what happened next, definitely, but I think that more time could be spent on really diving into the worlds, and the story. By slowing it down a little more, she could create more tension in the novel and really build an attachment to the stories and the characters.
Which brings me to the characters. I loved all of them, I loved all the mystery in the connections and all of that. But I wanted to know more about them. I want more of Layla and Wil and Nash, and the rulers of the two kingdoms. I wanted to really get to know them. I felt this first book only touched on the surface of them, their histories and their personalities. There was so much happening between all the characters, and it was kind of hard to keep up because I was still trying to really learn about these characters. They lack a sort of depth that I hope will be made up in the second and third books.
I sound like I’m beating this book up but I’m not, I swear. I think its a fine debut for a new author and I think it really does have incredible potential. Erin has created an intriguing world, and a world where there’s a lot of questions and mysteries that I am eager to find out the answers to. I like the idea of feuding countries, and the balance of peace and the avoidance of a war depending on young people. I think that’s why YA is such a popular thing right now. I think Wil, Layla and Nash all the potential to become incredible people, strong people and I think the three of them together can accomplish a lot.
I will also say this: the world that is being built is built well enough that I want to know more about that, and that is a good thing. If it was just completely not worth my time, I wouldn’t care but I do. I do think there are some holes here and there, but I think that’s my where my enthusiasm comes from. I CARE about these people and their world and I’m dying to learn more about it. I want to know what the world is like outside these two countries, I want to know how it came to be that they are so hating of each other. I want to know more! I hope we will get more!
I will also say that she knows how to execute a great cliffhanger. Two different things are hanging in the balance at the end of the book, two things that made me say out loud “Oh, come on, now, really?” So great job on that. A good cliffhanger keeps a reader interested, and she definitely was able to accomplish this.
3 out of 5 Stars
Recommended or Not?:
I would say yes. I think this book has an incredible amount of potential and I’m hoping that the second and third books of the trilogies dives deep into what could be a very intriguing and intricate world. I think Erin is a lovely person and a talented writer, and its a strong debut novel, that has a lot of potential as a trilogy.
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Look for an exclusive interview with the awesome Erin Albert tomorrow!