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Friday, March 22, 2013

There Comes A Prophet Blog Tour + Giveaways!

There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack
Publication date: July 9th 2012
by Double Dragon Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian

Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”


The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. There Comes a Prophet is his first  novel in this new stage of life.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Author Links:
David's Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

My 2 cents
My rating: 4.5 stars

I really loved this dystopian!  It almost feels like a fantasy novel at first, because you cannot see any remnants at all of our current world--but that changes about halfway through.  

The world building in this one is absolutely fantastic.  All of it felt believable.  I especially loved how the author used religion as a catalyst for the apocalypse.  And then as a method of controlling its citizens.  Sound familiar?

I loved our three MCs.  Thomas is the goof off, and also the one who marches to the beat of his own drummer.  Orah is the brilliant one (she made me think of Hermione from Harry Potter!), and Nathaniel is the courageous, brave one.  These three kids worked well together, even though they were oftentimes in disagreement!  We don't really get a lot of other character development.  Most of the other characters are side characters, although we do get to know Nathaniel's dad a bit.

This was a great read!  The last two thirds were almost constant adventure.  "The Keep" was unreal.  Wouldn't be so awesome to go to a place and get to pick the brains of the smartest peoples in the societies before us?  If you love a good dystopian, this book is for you!

And now, the Giveaways!
We have 2 different giveaways!
The first is international.  The prize is an ecopy of There Comes a Prophet!  Enter on the Rafflecopter below, and Good Luck!

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