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ABOUT HEIRS OF PROPHECY
Title: Heirs of Prophecy
Author: Michael A. Rothman
Series: The Prophecies Series #1
Publisher: M & S Publishing
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Number of Pages: 368
The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land. The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself - the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world. The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde. Only one thing stands in their way. The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.
Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is an imaginative beginning to what I suspect will be a great series. The Riverton family goes on vacation to Arizona, only to find themselves in a new land called Trimoria. Trimoria is a land under the control of the dark wizard, and resembles the Dark Ages. There is no technology or indoor plumbing. The young boys, Aaron and Ryan Riverton soon realize they gained abilities in Trimoria that they did not have before. This makes them a threat for the ruling king and wizard Azazel.
This book starts with many details about the new world, and a lot of world building. The world building ties into the actions of the main characters later in the book. I liked the amazing world that Michael Rothman created and I can only imagine that the world building is going to be even better in the second book, Tools of Prophecy. Sometimes in Fantasy, the world created can be too over the top, or underdeveloped, but that is not the case in the Prophecy Series.
Ryan and Aaron are very young when they discover they are part of a prophecy and meant to lead the battle against the demon hordes in the distant future. Even though the boys are young they accept the responsibility and they start training right away. As the action in the book builds, and the story starts to end it left me wanting more. I was so wrapped up in the story of Heirs of Prophecy that when it ended, I immediately started Tools of Prophecy, because I was not ready to leave Trimoria behind just yet.
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ABOUT TOOLS OF PROPHECY
Title: Tools of Prophecy
Author: Michael A. Rothman
Series: The Prophecies #2
Publisher: M & S Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Number of Pages: 380 Pages
The TOOLS OF PROPHECY is the second volume in an epic saga which describes a prophecy that has placed the Riverton brothers in the lead roles of a struggle to save their world from being overrun by unspeakable horrors. This destiny requires that they face off with the demons that nearly destroyed their world over five centuries ago.In the first book, the population of wizards had been practically eradicated by the former tyrant. The Rivertons are now charged with creating an Academy of Magic, recruiting qualified students, and furthering their own training with secrets that have long been held by the reclusive elves.Despite their youth, a mysterious spirit has engaged them in an epic struggle to gain mastery of their newfound skills, help raise and train two armies, and stay alive long enough for their final showdown with destiny.The only things that stand in their way are the assassins hired to destroy them and the Demon Lord’s minion who holds a personal grudge and intends to witness the young boys’ deaths.
Tools of Prophecy by Michael Rothman is an exciting and addicting sequel in The Prophecy Series. Tools of Prophecy takes place two years after the Rivertons entered Trimoria. Ryan now 16 and Aaron 15 have been training and preparing for the future battle. They know they cannot do it alone, and the Riverton family with the help of the Lancasters begin to find and recruit Trimoria citizens that have magical abilities. This is done in hopes of forming a powerful wizard army for the battle of the prophecy.
While there may have been a hint of romance in the first book, now that the boys are a bit older there has been a bit of an increase in the romance. This is to be expected now that both the boys have been betrothed and expected to marry when the girls reach the proper age. When the change in leadership to the country, it allows the Rivertons to open The Riverton Academy of Magic to train any new citizens found to have magical abilities.
This book is also about the alliances formed between the humans, the dwarves, and the elves to prepare for the great battle with the demons. A more in-depth look is taken into the world of the other races, which were not greatly explored in the first book. In addition, while the Riverton boys try to increase their training, they do not realize the danger that surrounds them. There is a new enemy with an old grudge, who wants to make sure that the Riverton boys do not survive long enough to carry out the prophecy.
I really like the growth the characters have taken in the second book, and cannot wait for the third book in the series to be released. I do not always enjoy fantasy novels, but I really love the creative and interesting fantasy that Michael Rothman has created.
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