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The Prophetess: The First Series by Desy Smith

The Prophetess by Desy Smith | Fantasy, urban fantasy, supernatural
High up in the Heavens, righteousness faces off against the greatest dissenter of all time, and in the crossfire, an Angel loses his wings…

Fallen from Heaven and forced to live amongst the Humans, Ezekiel bares the tragic fate of a disgraced Angel. Having heard the rebellious Lucifer’s plan to rise up against the sanctuary of Heaven, Ezekiel remains silent; and for his inaction, he is exiled from the pearly gates and onto the unforgiving lands of the mortals. Two thousand years pass with a cold and hollow wind at his back, and for a moment, Ezekiel is resigned to his fate.

However, in the year 2016, the winds of fate begin to change, and redemption comes in the form of his brother, Gabriel, who bears great news. Ezekiel is given a chance to return to Heaven, but only once he has taken down Moloch, an evil Demon on the rise. If Ezekiel can stop Moloch from helping Lucifer return, he will be welcomed back into Heaven. However, there is more than just a Demon in his path, Ezekiel must uncover what else fate has in store for him, including a lovely, independent Prophetess, named Isabelle, and the endless possibility for joy and whimsy she offers. Can Ezekiel rise once more to the great destiny that awaits him? Or has he been amongst the fickle mortals far too long?

Disclaimer: This novel does contain a potty mouth female protagonist. If abrasive language offends you, this novel is not for you.
Source: I received a free copy of this book from XPresso Book Tours on NetGalley with the option of giving my honest opinion.
Genre: Fantasy, Urban, Supernatural
Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Series: The First Series

Review

Ezekiel is exiled from Heaven because he did not tell his brothers, Michael and Gabriel, or God about Lucifer's talk of rebellion. Ezekiel always thought Lucifer was all talk and no action, so he was as surprised when Lucifer went through with it. Cast out of Heaven and cursed with immortality, Ezekiel has resigned himself to living amongst humans for eternity. However, he may have a chance at returning to Heaven. All he has to do is prevent a powerful demon, Moloch, who has the ability to summon Lucifer, from being summoned. Unfortunately, the only lead he has is a foul-mouthed human and Prophetess, Isabelle.

I'll be straight with you, after the debacle with the first book I received on NetGalley from XPresso Book Tours, I was a little wary of selecting another book from their collection. I read the reviews for this book and saw a lot of people disagreed with how it was categorized (I guess it was categorized as "YA" at some point), a lot of reviewers mentioned the lack of editing, some reviewers disagreed that Isabelle was a feminist and one reviewer commented on the fact that ethnicity wasn't discussed even though skin color was. After reading a couple of colorfully-worded rants posing as reviews, I decided to add it to my shelf.

A Not-So-Quick Statement

I don't normally do this when I review books; however, I feel a few issues need to be addressed before I review this book. To say that the majority of these reviews are biased, intolerant, rude, and hateful would be an understatement.

I understand that this book isn't going to be for everyone and it appears that the author understands this fact too. The book is not categorized on Amazon as "Young Adult" and, since I understand how difficult it is for authors to change the categories that their books are erroneously saddled with on most websites, I always take the categorizations with a HUGE grain of salt.

There are some minor editing issues, mostly with a few verb tenses and the letter "S" on subject/verb agreement.

The argument that Isabelle is not a feminist because she called the women that Ezekiel had sexual encounters with "whores" makes no sense. In context, Isabelle was implying that the only way that any woman could tolerate a sexual encounter with Ezekiel was if she was paid. By definition, a person who gets paid to have sex is a "whore."

Finally, the color of Isabelle's skin is mentioned once. The skin color of the angels is also mentioned; however, how can angels belong to a particular ethnic group? If one goes by the mythology/legend of angels, they belong to no specific ethnic group because their origins are strictly Divine. They were not birthed like humans are, they were each individually created by God. Their place of origin is Heaven and it would have been erroneous for the author to state their ethnicities because, depending upon your philosophical definition of "Divine," they would be a part of all ethnic groups or none.

I apologize. It irks me no end when bloggers and supposed supporters of the indie author community hop online and blast indie authors and their books simply because they disagree with the authors' philosophies.

At this point, you're probably wondering what I really thought of the book so let's get to it.

At first, I wasn't too sure about Isabelle as a protagonist because she came across as a spoiled brat; however, as I learned more about her, she grew on me. Ezekiel did have a tendency to come across as a self-righteous and arrogant ass, and Isabelle made it her mission to knock him down a few pegs. However, beneath the surface, she and Ezekiel do have similar philosophies and perspectives; they just have different ways of expressing them, which is why they always seem to be in a constant state of conflict.

I thought the character development was intriguing and enjoyed learning about Ezekiel's and Isabelle's pasts. I was hoping that I would warm up to Ezekiel a bit more as the plot moved forward, but he still came across as an angel who thought that humans were lesser beings and he was a bit resentful about mankind's existence.

I enjoyed the mystery and action in the book, and I thought that the flow and pace of the plot were good. I wasn't too thrilled about the sexual tension between Ezekiel and Isabelle. I thought it happened far too early in the plot, and I also think that the whole "forbidden romance between a human and angel" trope has lost its intrigue. I personally think that the plot would work well without it. In all honesty, I think the dialogue between Ezekiel and Isabelle would be even better without the element of forbidden romance.

While I am not an expert on angelic lore, I have done some research in the past because it is a subject that I find interesting. There are a few tidbits in the book that I found interesting because it became apparent that Smith also has some knowledge of angelic and religious lore. For instance, I found it ironic that the angel who ended up working closely with a prophetess shares the same name as a prophet known in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts. The demon, Moloch, has the same name as a Canaanite god who was associated with child sacrifice. I also enjoyed the fact that Smith stayed true to the Biblical notion that angels aren't peace-loving cherubs. In fact, one of the first angels mentioned in The Bible guarded the Garden of Eden and wielded a sword of fire. In The Prophetess, Ezekiel was the first angel created and he also wielded a sword of fire.

There is quite a bit of cursing in the book, a lot of "f-bombs" are dropped, and the premise and plot won't be universally embraced by fantasy fans. I actually enjoy books that are considered outside the norm. If you like unconventional protagonists with "potty mouths" and enjoy fun, romantic, urban fantasies; you should give The Prophetess a shot. I certainly hope that the abysmal reviews will not discourage Smith from writing and publishing the sequel because I'm looking forward to reading it.

About Desy Smith

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Desiree Morrow was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She wrote her first book when she was thirteen years old, because she ran out of books to read inside her home. She loves reading books as much as she loves writing her own. Desiree also loves food and sweets, if she’s not reading, she’s probably eating a cupcake or two. She published her first book The Talented under a publishing company she started title Floebe Publishing. Desiree writes to provide an escape for anyone who wants to live in a fantasy world, and not worry about the trouble of everyday life. She also writes to inspire. This is Desiree’s first novel, and she plans to release the second part in The Talented series during late summer. The Talented is a five part series. Right now she is working on another story, which she hopes to release in the fall. She writes fantasy romance fiction under the pen name Desy Smith.

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