Prophet / by R. J. Larson. (Tales of the Infinite, 1)
Bethany House ISBN 9780764209710
HS Grades 8-12 Rating: 5
In Prophet, seventeen year old Ela Roeh of Parne hears the call to be the Infinite’s prophet, despite the fact that no prophet has ever been a girl. Ela journeys to Istgard with her sister and her destroyer, a horse so bound to her for life that he knows when she is in danger. Ela meets Kien, former ambassador from the Tracelands, and they form an unlikely alliance when they are prisoners. He accompanies her when she is sent to bring the Infinite’s word to a warring nation. Eventually Kien comes to believe in the Infinite after seeing His work through Ela. He turns down the Istgard’s throne when it is offered, and against his wishes, Akabe, a nomad, is called to be the king of Siphra.
Larson creates a believable world inspired by the Old Testament. The narration is rich and the characters are well-developed. The plot is suspenseful, drawing the reader in as Ela grows as the Infinite’s prophet. Her relationship with the Infinite parallels the close relationship many readers long for with God. It is not an easy life, for “a silver-haired prophet is a failure,” yet Ela follows when the Infinite leads. She receives agonizing prophetic visions, and speaking the truth has its price. Repeatedly she is physically attacked by enemies, but not killed. Even as she and Kien start to fall in love, she knows that her call as prophet takes priority over any possible future with him.
Discussion questions and an excerpt from Judge, the next book in this series, is included.
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Carol R. Gehringer