Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Books of the Infinite #3
by R.J. Larson 
Bethany House, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0973-4
Christian Fantasy

Fantasy Meets the Old Testament in a Novel That Will Reach Readers of All Ages.

Against his wishes and desires, Akabe of Siphra has been chosen by his people to be King. But what does a warrior know of ruling during peacetime? Guided by the Infinite, Akabe seeks to rebuild the Temple in the city of Munra to give the sacred books of Parne a home. But dangerous factions are forming in the background. To gain the land he needs, Akabe must forsake the yearnings of his heart and instead align himself through marriage to the Thaenfall family.

Meanwhile, Kien Lantec and Ela Roeh are drawn still closer together...while becoming pawns in a quest to gain power over the region. As questions of love and faith become tangled with lies and murderous plots, each must seek the Infinite to guide them through an ever more tangled web of intrigue and danger.  


R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

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The awesome conclusion of a wonderful fantasy series that will definitely end up on my favorites shelf.  Larson creates wonderful characters full of charm and courage as well as faith. The settings are vivid and integrated into the story beautifully. The connections to events from the Old Testament were clear but didn't interfere with the uniqueness of the story.

My favorite parts were definitely the interactions between Ela, the Infinite's prophet, and Kien, an Ambassador turned prisoner.  Ela was easy to care about and relate to in her struggles to do as her god instructed despite her own personal flaws. Kien, a charming and honorable rogue made me smile whenever I read about him. How could Ela resist him? And yet she feels she must in order to keep her promises to the Infinite, but the Infinite doesn't reveal all his plans to Ela all at once and it is quite the journey.  In King, the story focuses specifically on Akabe, a warrior turned king, who has no idea how to be one.  Seeking the Infinite's guidance and the support of Ela and Kien, he sets forth to rebuild the Infinite's Holy Temple. But as any king quickly discovers, politics can never be overlooked even when it comes to religion and he must face uncertainty as well as betrayal.

A wonderful series that I can highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Christian fantasy with strong connections to the Bible.


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