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The Prophecy (Saga of the Chosen Book 1) by Petra Landon

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: January 27, 2017

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As a powerful wizard threatens the Chosen from beyond the grave, can they unravel The Prophecy in time to save their world?

Tasia is a very special Chosen. Warned to keep her distance from her brethren, she makes a fateful decision one night to assist an injured Shape-shifter. Suddenly, Tasia finds herself in the cross-hairs of Shifter mercenaries encroaching on San Francisco and their vampire allies. Forced out of the shadows, Tasia has little choice but to ally herself with the local Shifter Pack, led by a formidable and dangerous Alpha Protector. In the cut-throat world of a Shifter Pack, Tasia must fight to guard her secrets while struggling to negotiate with the enigmatic Alpha who holds his violent Pack together with a ruthless hand on its reins.

Grave danger threatens their world as a powerful wizard exploits an old prophecy to divide the Chosen. When the Pack is asked to investigate the twenty-five year old mystery, Tasia is drawn deeper into a past that risks raising the suspicions of the very Chosen she hides from. As danger closes in on her, Tasia must decide who to trust with the deadly secrets she guards.

Review

Tasia, a powerful wizard, was warned by her father to stay away from the world of wizards. As such, she's spent her adult life traveling from city to city working multiple, non-descript jobs and doing low-level magic side hustles clearing places of magical energy for her Chosen clientele.

While "cleaning" a place for a small group of mercenary Shifters, Tasia discovers that the mercs have captured and imprisoned another Shifter. Against her better judgment, Tasia rescues the captured Shifter and finds herself in danger. The Alpha of the pack that the rescued Shifter belongs to decides to repay her kindness by bringing her into the pack for protection.

What Tasia and the Alpha do not realize is the role Tasia is destined to play in a prophecy that foretold of a wizard who would change the Chosen's world. A prophecy that a powerful wizard wants to see come to fruition by her own design, a wizard who will stop at nothing to claim the power of the prophecy for herself.

I was expecting an interesting urban fantasy and supernatural novel, but I wasn't expecting such an in-depth look at Shifter society! This careful attention to detail really differentiates The Prophecy from other Shifter novels!

Set in modern-day San Francisco, the plot draws the reader into a world filled with shifters, vampires, and wizards. The plot is rife with political intrigue as this secret "underground" world has its own set of ethics, norms, and laws. Readers follow Tasia as she awkwardly navigates the unfamiliar waters of a Shifter society; a part of the pack but apart from them. Landon's writing really shines as she guides readers through the twists and turns of the Shifter society of her own creation.

There is also plenty of action and suspense as the mystery of the prophecy and Tasia's past unfold to reveal a small army of other Chosen who are searching for a wizard with the same characteristics as Tasia displays. There are several skirmishes as the pack protects Tasia and her secrets with unflinching loyalty, ready to lay down their lives to do the bidding of their Alpha who has sworn to protect her.

Aside from the lush setting, the artful premise, the incredible society, and the amazing action and suspense, there was an aspect of the story that I found myself enjoying: the romantic tension blooming between Tasia and the Alpha. There is a very subtle undercurrent between these two characters throughout most of the book that doesn't become obvious until near the end of the book. This is so masterful written that I found myself looking forward to the moment where one of the two characters would realize what was going on between them. This is unusual for me as I tend to enjoy the setting and political intrigue over the romance; however, it was woven into the plot so well that I found the prospect of romance between the two irresistible.

The Prophecy is not a quick read, but it is well worth it to be drawn into a spectacular story. If you enjoy the world- and character-building in Anne Bishop's books or you simply enjoy supernatural/paranormal stories that will suck you into another world, you will enjoy this book!

About Petra Landon

Petra Landon, The Prophecy, Saga of the Chosen, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Petra has always possessed a very active imagination. One inherited from her father. Or so she believes. As a child, her father would regale her with fantastic tales of creatures and beasts that lived amidst them. While invisible to her, they were in regular communication with her father. Or so she was told. He built an imaginary world for her that she reveled in for most of her early childhood. He also helped inculcate a love of books in her. As she grew older, her reading list broadened to include anything and everything she could lay her hands on. Her first apartment after college was carefully selected on the basis of its proximity to book shops and the local library. Over the years, no matter how busy life got, Petra would always have a stack of books by her bedside, to be read during moments snatched from her studies, her job and other activities of life. She has a secondary passion that she built a career on. For years, she would imagine stories and tales in her head, sometimes sketching out detailed characters and events. Inspiration would come from traveling, reading a great book, watching a fun movie or TV show or even just a conversation. Occasionally, if she felt let down by the ending of a promising book, she would imagine an alternative and more satisfactory ending for herself.

Then a few years ago, she started jotting down little snippets of stories every now and then, mainly to stop obsessing over them. Eventually, encouraged by her husband, she embarked on a mission – to write a short story. Though she worked long and hard at it, the short story never did get completed. Once she started writing in earnest, even a few stolen hours a week, the stories kept pouring out of her. She found that the labor and discipline of putting her thoughts down on paper could not keep up with her active imagination. Before long, she had compiled a list of novels in various stages of completion, but none complete. What she needed, she told herself, was discipline. It took her another year to complete her first book, The Mercenary, primarily because she could never quite banish the other story ideas that seemed to pop up in her head at regular intervals. The book, a tale set in a world far away, belongs to the Science Fiction genre. Her husband, encouraging as always, advised her to complete her half-written Urban Fantasy novel and publish that first, suggesting that the genre of Urban Fantasy might enjoy a wider audience.

For Petra, it has been a long journey and a dream decades in the making to come to this point. She’s very excited and a tad anxious to finally publish her first book. She very much hopes that people love her quirky characters and vivid stories as much as she loved putting them down on paper.

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