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Description: Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she's much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne's elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young. Yet she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.
I must admit that this is a hard book to write a review for. Fantasy has never been my favorite genre, but a friend of mine and I are going to read a book on our Kindle’s every month this year to get through a lot of the free books we have. It was her turn to pick first. At first, I wasn’t excited, but this book ended up being strangely compelling.
The clear faith element was interesting at times, and at others mirrored some of my own heart struggles. Sometimes, in fantasy and allegories, God gets lost. That was not the case in this book. The messages were clear, and God and His power came through strong. Moreover, the events and messages were biblically sound.
Ela was a relatable character. She sacrifices a normal life to become a prophet, and knows that it will mean that she dies young. She follows the Infinite’s (God’s) call on her life even with that knowledge. Her faithfulness, even when the cost is high, is an inspirational.
Although it is understandable, I thought that Ela seemed to look for her death in every shadow. The fact that she will die young seemed to be overplayed. That fact made the romance a little awkward for me.
This book was not a favorite, but it was compelling and kept me turning pages. I definitely will be reading more in the series in the near future.