July 18, 2012
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The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land. The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself – the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world. The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde. Only one thing stands in their way. The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.
Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: M & S Publishing, L.L.C.
** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review. We were in no way paid for our opinion**
A fun read for the whole family, Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman will open up the imagination of young and old(er) alike! Think Journey to the Centre of the Universe meets World of Warcraft (kinda sorta). Oh ya, I said that.
The story follows the Riverton family as they embark on a family vacation and find themselves somehow transported to another world, called Trimoria. It is here that they learn that they are all part of a vital part to the Prophecy of the First Protector that will help them fight the evil and the demon horde which are fast approaching.
As an adult, I found the book to be very entertaining although there were parts that I had trouble grasping. For example, the Riverton family were pretty quick to accept that they were no longer going home. The knowledge of having magical abilities seemed to almost not phase them, and the need to now live like back in the pioneer days was completely fine and dandy…but I guess “do as the Romans do”! There are others, but to bring them up may cause some spoilery issues. Though when seen through the eyes of a younger generation, these points may not even trigger so much as a blip on their radars.
The cast of characters are loveable and have personalities all of their own! I’m not only talking about the Riverton family themselves (Brothers Ryan and Aaron, father – Jared, and mother – Aubrey) … I’m talking about all the other characters that get introduced into this novel! There’s Throll, the protector of Aubgherle who, with the help of his family, aids the Rivertons in finding a place and home in this new land, an ogre (YES OGRE!) named Ohaobbok who I just absolutely adored! We’ve got elves and dwarves, and let’s not forget the evil sorcerer himself, Azazal.
Just how evil is Azazel? Well, let’s see. He took it upon himself to rid the world of any other wizards/sorcerers so that he would be the only one. He gave the orders to kill children who are potential wizards, as well as anyone who gets in the way. Of course he would have some other lackeys do the dirty work for him, but when push comes to shove, he would be more than happy to deliver the killing blow.
The world created by author, Michael A. Rothman is one that is completely magical. The interactions that we see between the characters are delightful and some parts are very endearing. True to any YA read, we do encounter the topic of bullying all thanks to Slug (aka Sling) and his crew of thugs, Dominic and Kendrick. Just how much of a bully are these boys? You’ll have to read the book to find out, but rest assured that someone from this crew plays a big part in how things go down!
An adventure like no other, Heirs of Prophecy is a read that will take you on a trip you won’t soon forget.
Michael A. Rothman’s Top Three (3) Favorite
Fantasy Books and Why
The Hobbit – my first Fantasy book, and by far the one that set me on the road I’ve walked in this genre. It established a variety of archetypes that I believe many authors since have followed whether purposefully or accidentally. The concepts and behaviors introduced with the character races as stereotypes are certainly things that have influenced my view on writing. For instance a reader might find my elves somewhat stoic and serious and the dwarves a touch boisterous and hard-working. As it was the first book in the genre I read, it was the measuring stick by which all future books were measured against.
The Sum of All Men – This is a book that I read soon after it was released, and it made me think about “how” magic works. For those who haven’t read this first book of the RuneLords series, it introduces a somewhat unique system of magic that I won’t belabor explaining here, but suffice it to say that it allowed me to start thinking about magic in a different way. Unlike Tolkien, where there were many elements of deus ex machina (it happens just miraculously), Dave Farland introduced me to the concept that magic has a “cost”. It let me start to think about how one constructs a system that shows the limits and the effects that the use of magic has.
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson’s fine book really hits a homerun on the establishment of a complex but cohesive lexicon of magic rules and limitations. I think Brandon’s novel was one that made me really start to think about applying rules to my novels, and when it came right down to it, a reader of the first book might see something that others have coined, “Rothman’s Law of Magic” – which is derived from what folks in our world might call Ohm’s law.
About The Author:
I am an Army brat and the first person in my family to be born in the United States. This heavily influenced my youth by instilling a love of reading and a burning curiosity about the world and all of the things within it. As an adult, my love of travel allowed me to explore many unimaginable locations. I participated in many adventures and documented them in what will be a series of books, the first of which you have just read.
Some might put these books in the Fantasy genre, and I never had issues with this label. After all, the adventures were, without any doubt in my mind, fantastic. I simply quibble with the label of “Fiction” that some might put on these tales. These tales should be viewed as historical records, more along the lines of a documentary.
I’ve learned one thing over the years. Magic is real. Keep exploring, and you too will find your magic.
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Book 2 of this MG Fantasy, Tools of Prophecy, is also available!
The TOOLS OF PROPHECY is the second volume in an epic saga which describes a prophecy that has placed the Riverton brothers in the lead roles of a struggle to save their world from being overrun by unspeakable horrors. This destiny requires that they face off with the demons that nearly destroyed their world over five centuries ago.
In the first book, the population of wizards had been practically eradicated by the former tyrant. The Rivertons are now charged with creating an Academy of Magic, recruiting qualified students, and furthering their own training with secrets that have long been held by the reclusive elves.
Despite their youth, a mysterious spirit has engaged them in an epic struggle to gain mastery of their newfound skills, help raise and train two armies, and stay alive long enough for their final showdown with destiny.
The only things that stand in their way are the assassins hired to destroy them and the Demon Lord’s minion who holds a personal grudge and intends to witness the young boys’ deaths.
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