Prophet (Books of the Infinite Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see.

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen--not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as ...
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Overview

Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see.

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen--not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young.

Istgard has turned their back on me. See the evil they do.

Yet after experiencing His presence, she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to follow the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. Here she meets Kien, a young Traceland ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela must surrender to her destiny...and determine how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

Will you accept the branch and speak my will? Will you be my prophet?

". . . this tale captured me and held me hostage to the very last page. Breathlessly waiting for the next book."
Donita K. Paul, bestselling author of THE DRAGON KEEPER CHRONICLES

"The Istgard have renounced the Infinite, so he has called on Ela Roeh to become his prophet. She's not the most likely choice for the job, being 17 and unrefined. On top of that, she's female--a first time for a prophet. Still, she accepts the role and tries to bring His message to her war-torn nation. In her new role, she meets an ambassador named Kien, and they form an alliance. Soon, Ela must decide how to keep true to her promise while following her heart. Character-driven and suspenseful, this outstanding young adult speculative fiction launch does a great job of world building." --Library Journal (starred review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441270023
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Books of the Infinite , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,820
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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. Visit rjlarsonbooks.com/ for more information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    After I read the description and sample of this book, I was curi

    After I read the description and sample of this book, I was curious to find out what would happen next. A story of a girl who accepts what God wants her to do, a rather difficult task at that, seemed like it would be a great story. However, I was left rather disappointed. Somehow, Ela always knew what was going on, and what was going to happen. She knew people's names and things about them when she came in contact with them. She had visions that left her incapacitated, or rendered her unconscious. This does not sound like the same God that I serve. I understand that writing a book based on the prophets in the Bible would be rather difficult; however I had hoped that it would have stayed true to scripture and not seem so much like magic.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Prophet is a journey of the heart and soul... Prophet Books of

    Prophet is a journey of the heart and soul...

    Prophet
    Books of the Infinite #1
    By R.J. Larson

    Ella Roch of Parne is the least likely person anyone would expect to be chosen a prophet of the Infinite. But the Infinite chooses Ella to be His voice of warning to the neighboring nations and kingdoms.

    When Ella sees a vision of destruction and massacre in Ytar, she has no idea why the Infinite would send such horror to her. But she soon learns the truth - she has been chosen to bring a warning to change to the kingdom of Istgard for their evil decadence and abandonment of the ways of the Infinite.

    Taking her younger sister Tzana with her Ella sets out on a journey that may very well end her life before it has truly begun. After all the old saying A silver-haired prophet has failed can only mean that Ella will die young and soon.

    Ella's journey to Istgard is a time for her to grow and to train in her new life as a prophet. When danger comes Ella must learn painful lessons in learning to call first upon the Infinite and His protection in every matter.

    Part of Ella's mission is to turn the heart of Ambassador Kien Lantec of the Tracelands to the Infinite. Having been captured after the massacre of Ytar, Kien is a prisoner of Istgard. As fellow prisoners Ella and Kien both serve the purpose of the Infinite though Kien is unaware of his part.

    A battle is coming and Ella and Kien are headed to the very center as their Istgard captors are determined to have them fall in battle along with the Traceland forces. With the visions she has received about the upcoming battle, Ella knows the Infinite's Will will be fulfilled and that she will most likely die in the ensuing battle.

    Prophet is an enjoyable reading experience. Reading it one can find various parallels to Old Testament Prophets so that one will be inspired to delve into the Bible and refresh one's familiarity with the Prophets of old.

    I received a free copy of this title from Bethany House for the purpose of this review, no conditions were placed on this review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    Fun YA Fantasy read

    Riddle me this. What if God asked you to leave your family, all that you know and become his prophet- to bring truth and prophecy to people that really don’t want to hear it, don’t want to obey it and oh yeah, the kicker, being in His service will mean that your life will be cut short. It doesn’t sound like a job that most would sign up for. But Ela Roeh of Parne a young 17 year old girl somehow with her close relationship with “the Infinite” just can’t refuse. She is a most remarkable girl with many of the insecurities of most 17 year old girls feeling inadequate and unworthy of the task ahead of her most of the time. Yet Ela perseveres and gets better and better throughout the story in hearing the Infinite’s voice, seeking Him at every turn and doing what He tells her to do.


    Along the way she meets a young handsome Traceland ambassador named Kien who is seeking justice and help for his downtrodden people. Ela and Kien’s paths cross and the Infinite is working in both of their lives to bring about His plans for all people involved in this war filled time. In Ela’s mind, Kien can’t be a part of her future because she is a prophet for the Infinite. And yet they are thrown together time after time. Could the Infinite’s plans for them both be different than what she thought?


    This story does well by the Christian Fantasy genre and it is fun to see a new face on the scene in R J Larson. I thought the characters were engaging and relatable and enjoyed the addition of the trusty steed “Scythe” of “Pet” and the humor that he brought to the story. I liked the pacing with Kien being a total non-believer at the beginning of the novel, but as the story progresses and he starts seeking out the Infinite, how He is finally able to hear his voice. It wasn’t instantaneous and I like that, it had a ring of truth to it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series titled Judge.


    4 stars


    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review- all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    R.J. Larson has spun a fantasy tale in her debut fantasy novel &

    R.J. Larson has spun a fantasy tale in her debut fantasy novel “Prophet” that will keep the reader hungering for more. This is the kind of story that would be told around the campfire, while keeping everyone awake all night. “Prophet”is filled with action from the first page and does not end until the last page. Sword fighting as well as bows with arrows are used as good fights evil in a battle that will keep the readers heart racing, as they enter another realm and time. The reader will feel the presence of wild animals as they fiercely leap from the pages. The scenery can be seen with vivid color and description as the reader sees the visions in their mind. This book takes the reader on an adventurous journey into a world that has never been seen until now. The book has an amazing ending, yet sets up the storyline for the next book in the series. The book begins with a character list. This list includes all the characters and a short blurb about each of them. Unlike some fantasy novels “Prophet” does not have so many characters that it is hard to follow.


    This fantasy novel is appropriate for YA as well as adults.

    DISCLAIMER:

    I received this book free from the publisher BethanyHouse in exchange for a review. This fact has no impact on my review. I give honest reviews.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Oh my oh my! It's a good thing that I received this over the we

    Oh my oh my!
    It's a good thing that I received this over the weekend! This is an absolutely gripping novel. I was quickly drawn into another world with snowy ashes falling down upon a village in the country of Parne. Ela, a young girl of 17, is drawn to find the source of the ashes choking her village. Suddenly, in a flash, she sees the destruction, hears the cries, witnesses the slaughter. So begins the journey of the prophet of the Infinite One.

    R.J. Larson has crafted a tale so vivid, so mesmerizing, I read it hungrily. Such depth of understanding and careful interweaving allegory reveals spiritual truths of our own true and mighty Creator God. Jesus Himself used stories to communicate truth to those who had ears to hear. This book of fantasy has settled truths into my spirit.

    Courage, determination, duty, faith, honor, hope and trust fill pages that are full of treachery, fear, anger, torment, betrayal, and battles. This is the first of the Books of the Infinite.

    I highly recommend this book, especially to those who enjoy fantasy, adventure, and allegories. There is nothing objectionable in the way it is written. No improper relationships or language. I have passed it to my mature 14 year old daughter to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    By the end of the first pages, I’d swallowed the hook and

    By the end of the first pages, I’d swallowed the hook and joyously succumbed to be reeled in, one blessed page at a time.

    Engaging and unique enough for the pickiest of readers (me) yet straightforward and clean enough for the youngest (I plan to let me 10yo bookworm read it) Prophet is one of those books you’ll never forget.

    It's Old Testament meets Star Wars, minus the space elements. The author weaves stories of Old Testament prophets into an imaginary land and time in a way that breathes fresh air into the old Bible stories. The book makes you wonder about the prophets… What must it have been like to hear God speak during a time when visits from the Spirit were rare and fleeting? How terrifying must it have been to face kings influenced by Evil and bent on the prophet’s destruction? The author does a beautiful job of filling in her version of the answers. She left me quite satisfied, yet longing for more!

    Apart from subliminally coercing me to think deeper into the real accounts, Ela’s communion with the Infinite created a yearning in me for a deeper relationship with God. I can credit no other novel with that level of achievement.

    The characters are enchantingly colorful. Especially little Tzana, Ela’s young sister who is stricken with a premature aging. I adored Tzana and Pet. “Pet” is the name of the girls’ Destroyer, which is a species of war horse. Pet has a personality all his own, and if for no other reason, the book is worth reading for him alone.

    I can’t speak highly enough about this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    An exciting new fantasy series for young adults! A MUST READ! I

    An exciting new fantasy series for young adults! A MUST READ!

    If the cover alone on this book, does not make you want to pick this one up and begin reading, I don't know what will. Just the premise alone about a young girl being chosen as a prophet immediately draws me in because we would almost expect a prophet to be a male character instead. So for female readers, this is already an exciting beginning.

    The synopsis to the book begins with Ela Roch of Parne who doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen - not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young.

    What would one think when faced with this choice? At seventeen it would appear that wouldn't be a choice most girls would want to face. That's what makes this such a compelling read that automatically draws you in, especially if you are a young adult picking up this book to read. The storyline falls out of character for your traditional roles and that is what becomes the immediate draw for me. I don't like your follow the path of those that have gone before you books, I LOVE something unique and different for me, this book is speak volumes in that direction.

    I received Prophet by R. J. Larson compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and couldn't wait to pick this one up and begin reading it. I was not disappointed. From the very first page, this author grabbed me and won't let go. I didn't want to be let go but raced through this book, turning pages as fast as my eyes would let me go. Since this is the first book in the Books of the Infinite series, I will be looking out for number 2, in anxious anticipation.

    Geared for the young adult, historical fantasy fans, even adults can find enjoyment in the pages. It's entertaining in the fact it doesn't take the author half to book to define the fantasy world, she is able to articulate it well enough you buy into it all without question. I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the second book in the series, Judge, which the reader is given a sneak peek at inside the back of this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

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    A must read

    This is a great start of a fantacy series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Easy read, unique take on fantasy

    The Prophet tells the story of Ela of Parne, a sixteen-year-old called to be a prophet of the Infinite, and Kien, young ambassador of Traceland. The problems? Ela is the first girl prophet, the youngest, and the first one in seventy years, all this shadowed by the fact that "a silver-haired prophet has failed". And Kien is imprisoned unfairly, after a suspicious slaughter in one of his country's towns. What I liked about it was its uniqueness in the area of the Infinite, a creative way of allegory. The characters were well done, too, especially in depicting the differences between Ela and Kien. There's also the appeal of wondering how the prophesies will work out and how Ela can reconcile her desires wirh the Infinite's will. As a Chrisian, I enjoyed the reaffirmation of God's power, love, and perfect plan, as well as Ela's realistic struggles and realization of the blessings that come from obedience. That said, the world building was inferior to other books, lacking the scope, details, and creativity of many other fantasies I have read. Second, I was confused that no explanation was offered for a certain prophesy not being fulfilled and that Ela seemed to forget about it. Third, it just was not nearly as complex as other series - in terms of politics, relationships, number of characters, conflicting desires, etc. And this a minor thing, but I felt that Ela's relationship with her sister was a tad unrealistic, too sunny. All in all, it was a fresh take on allegorical fantasy with appealing characters and themes, but there is much in terms of literary quality that could be improved upon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    One of the best books I have read in all my life.

    The story is inspirational and the writing is flawless. Beautiful imagery with a message of hope for all of us who feel, for one reason or other, unworthy of our calling. I feel blessed and am grateful to have been able to read this work of art and journey with Ela the Prophet... so much so, I looked up the author and bought the 2nd and 3rd book in this series! You will not regret reading this "wonder-full" story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Interesting read

    I am enjoying this book because it is different from what I have been reading lately.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    excellent I highly recommend this book

    I liked the whole concept of the Infinite calling on this girl to be his prophet with the understanding of a short life. The addition of her younger sister, who has a disability going with her added to the interest factor. If you like " what if" books this sit is for you.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Good Read

    I enjoyed the book a lot. I would recommend it to anyone. It gave me a feeling that it was written towards the way God spoke to the prophets in the Bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Awesome reading! Very insightful!

    This book opens your eyes to the devouted life if a chosen! Easy to relate to and read! Wonderful for teens and up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It was different, i

    I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It was different, it was engaging, and it took me through a myriad of emotions. Would definitely recommend! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Amazing

    This book was truly amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The main character Ela is a strong,thoughtful,faithful Prophet of the Infinate. The destroyer horse, Pet, had me laughing constantly throughout the entire book. I would recomend it to anyone who enjoys reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    A wonderfully poignant novel that will have you spellbound from the first page

    Once you have journeyed with Ela of Parne you will be left eager for more.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    I'm thinking this one would be classified as a young adult fanta

    I'm thinking this one would be classified as a young adult fantasy. Some of you would say YA is just my speed, and in this case you'd be right. This little ol' lady loved this book.

    If you've read the books of Isaiah or Jeremiah in the Old Testament, you might remember that both of them felt a little unworthy to be prophets of God. The young woman in this book is no different, except for God is called Infinite in this book. Ela Roeh of Parne (the young woman) has just as demanding a call as Isaiah or Jeremiah got.

    Her little sister, Tzana, goes with her as she sets out for Istgard to tell their king to clean up his act or else. She has about as much luck as the aforementioned Biblical prophets, but she has a few positive adventures as well as misadventures along the way. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Good YA fantasy fiction

    Pretty good even though I hardly ever read YA anymore. The parts with destroyers can be rather amusing.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    Prophet is such an interesting read. On one hand, the author has

    Prophet is such an interesting read. On one hand, the author has created this awesome world that springs to life with great characters from Ela’s little sister Tzana to Kien to the destroyer called Pet. Think a knight’s horse with a temperament & character attributes of a fiercely loyal dog who could kill you or love you to death. Then on the other hand, we have the Old Testament parallelisms.




    I had a mixed reaction to the story. I LOVED aspects of it and then disliked other aspects, more specifically the OT parallelisms. I love allegory, but the similarities to the events in the Bible took me out of the story a bit.




    That aside, the book was amazing. Right from the beginning with the snow of ashes, it drew me in and I wanted to know more. Very good, tight writing. The characters’ dilemmas and possible future endeavors had us debating on what the author might have meant regarding a certain “prophecy” and us looking for some loop holes. ;-)
    That said, I look forward to reading the rest of the series, once I’m mentally prepared for:




    “If I accept, will I die silver-haired?”

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