February 8, 2016
Hello readers! We are so excited to be a part of the REIGN blog tour!
At our tour stop, we have a review of
The Prophecy (Reign #1) by Lily Blake.
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An original novel based on the hit television series, Reign.
Since Mary, Queen of Scotland was a child, the English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France to wed its next king--to save herself and her people. It's a bond that should protect her, but there are forces that conspire...forces of darkness, forces of the heart. Mary's rule, and her life, has never been safe.
Find out what happens to Mary, Francis, Bash, and the rest of the French court after the season one finale.
Long may she reign.
This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).
I’d been hearing about the TV series Reign ever since it first showed up on my TV screen in the form of a commercial with Lorde’s ‘Royals’ playing in the background. I’ve watched the show a bit myself, making it a little less than partway into the first season. That being said I don’t know much about what happens to Mary or Bash or Francis later on in the series and getting to read about the characters from the series in novel form seemed like an interesting idea. I was eager to get started.
As a plague spreads throughout the land, Mary and Francis are separated as Francis leaves to check on Lola, who is pregnant with his bastard child and about to give birth. Within the French Court, tensions are rising with the king’s recent passing and the sickness spreading across the country. Within the palace’s walls, things aren’t nearly as safe as they should be. Mary has reason to believe that someone poses a threat to her life when a grim prophecy is made, and fears that the lives of her loved ones may also be in great jeopardy.
As someone who is (more or less) familiar with the characters on the show and can put a name to a face, it was easy for me to go along with the storyline and plot without asking many questions. However, I will say that The Prophecy is a novel that some readers who aren’t familiar with the show might have a few problems with.
The big thing that stood out to me was how The Prophecy takes no time to offer introductions to the characters and the many important events that have taken place prior to the novel’s beginning. If you have no idea who Kenna, Bash, or Lola are— I imagine that it might be difficult to understand what’s going on as you aren’t given much information as to who the characters are beyond the bare bones. As someone who’s only seen a little bit of the show, I can admit that I was left in the dark when it came to who certain characters were.
Apart from this, there were some major spoilers in the novel that spoiled major plot points from the TV series for me. I already knew going in that there would be (as the novel clearly states that it’s set after season one) but if you’re a reader who hasn’t seen the show and is adamant about being free from spoilers, it might not be a good idea to read The Prophecy first and watch the show later.
All in all, I found The Prophecy to be an enjoyable read. I thought that it was a new, interesting take on a television series and that it was, in some ways, very refreshing. The pacing was consistent. The novel’s prose was simple and made it easy to read, thus making it a short little novel that can be read easily in one sitting. The Prophecy was a fun read that kept me on my toes and eager to find out what might happen next to the cast of characters. I would recommend The Prophecy to readers who are caught up on the TV series and are interested in seeing more from the characters in a novel that ties-in to the show.
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France is aflame with rumors of witchcraft and treachery. Who will be burn for their transgressions? Find out in this haunting original novel based on the hit CW television show, Reign.
Something sinister has been sweeping the villages surrounding the French court. Rumors of Satan’s horsemen traveling the countryside and claiming the souls of villagers have sent the people reeling into a religious frenzy and soon fear and suspicion lead them to accuse a young girl of witchcraft. After the prisoner is brought to the palace for questioning, Mary, Greer, Kenna, and Lola work to prove her innocence. But there are others who will stop at nothing to see the girl and her secrets silenced forever…
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