Her power to heal the wounded and cleanse the sick makes her a hunted commodity in the Badlands, a place devoid of technology where the strong write the law in blood. For as long as she can remember, they always come, they always take her, and she lets them. Passed around in an endless series of abductions, she obeys without question―mending those who killed to own her.
After three whole months in the same village, the affection of a young warrior makes her feel almost like a member of the tribe rather than a captive. Her brief joy shatters when raiders seize her yet again; for the first time in six years, being stolen hurts.
A reluctant escape sends her wandering, and she realizes her gift is a prize that causes as much death as it prevents. Her attempt to return to the tribe leaves her lost and alone, hounded at every turn. When a family who sees her not as the Prophet―but as a little girl―takes her in, she finds the courage to use her power to protect those she loves.
A strange man from a world beyond her imagining tests her newfound resolve, seeking to use her power to further his own agenda. Tired of being property, her freedom boils down to one question:
Can Althea balance the sanctity with which she holds all life against the miserable truth that some people deserve to die?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I do enjoy this author's work. I really liked this book as a whole. I there were some things I didnt particularly think was necessary. This was a long book. Almost dragged out. I think it could have had a little less and would have been better for it. I also dont think the romance aspect was needed. I think Althea would have been just fine with a friendship with Den. I mean they are so young 10-12 years old. Being PA (Post Apocalyptic). I can see that sometimes maturity might be more progressed but still they are kids in my eyes. I had to agree with another reviewer! This totally had me reminded of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with the kids! She even put a picture and I can totally see that! I look forward to continuing the series this is just book 1. I liked Althea and she's just been through a lot and has these powers she doesnt completely understand. She's taken from her safe haven with Den and his tribe. Things scare her but she's still got a little innocence in her to where she wants to help people who need it. It took me a bit to get into some of this book but by the end I was ok with it.
I love post apocalyptic books. The author can really get original and creative in these types of stories. Poor Althea is a 12 year old girl with strange abilities. Her whole life, people have been using her for her powers but she has accepted her fate and follows along. However, living in The Tribe has opened her up to other possibilities. I can't wait to read the next book. You definitely have to read these in order, and make sure you have plenty of time in your hands, I did not want to put this down!!!
INITIAL THOUGHTS Post Apocalyptic has to be one of my favourite genres alongside dystopian, so i was already interested in this book prior to reading the blurb. Then when I read about Althea and her power/gift of healing, it added another dimension to the book and encouraged me to read this book. MY REVIEW I was given a free e-copy of this book by the publishers Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for my honest review. The cover features a young bedraggled girl, who looks very small, afraid and maybe a little unwanted. We learn from reading the book that this is Althea, the Prophet. The back ground surrounding Althea is of mangled cars, rusted steel and broken down buildings, which adds to the post apocalyptic feel of the cover. Would the cover make me want to pick this book up from a book store shelf? Yes, if I am totally honest it was the cover that initially caught my eye and influenced my decision to read the blurb when Clare from Curiosity Quills sent me information about this book and others that had been released in April. The main character is Althea a young child, whose best guess is that she is about 12 years old. She can't remember her real age or even her parents as she has been moved around and swapped between different "owners" for all of her life. Althea is no ordinary young child, though the only real clue to her powers are her bright blue eyes, that glow in the dark. Althea is known in the Badlands as "The Prophet" though she has many powers, the one people fight over to possess her is her power of healing. Althea cannot refuse to heal, it causes her pain if she see's someone in the need of healing and she is not allowed to help. Althea is a powerful and valuable commodity in world where fights and injuries are a daily occurrence. As the reader we travel along with Althea as she is stolen from one set of people in the Badlands to another, never once getting a choice in where or when she goes. We join Althea when she has been with a tribe in the badlands for two months, she is mistrusted by all except for one seeker (hunter) Den. In fact they are in love and plan to become joined (married). There is a jealousy of Althea from a female member of the tribe who was originally to be joined with Den. Althea manages to sneak off to follow the seekers, her intention to protect them as she has a "bad feeling" about their trip. She is right to fear something happening, she ends up being kidnapped and taken back to Vakkar's home in the badlands, their she is kept in a cage next to another cage which contains Vakkar's harem of stolen women. At one point in the book Althea truly thinks she is with friends and that her days of being kidnapped are over, only to overhear someone whom she thought a friend discussing the great prize and riches that she will receive when she turns up with the Prophet. Althea actually runs away herself, but once again ends up trapped and mistreated, held against her own will. Althea is at her happiest when she is with Karina, and Karina's father, they treat her as a "normal" child and she feels part of the family rather than an outsider. However her simple happiness is not to be and she is once again taken. The presentation of this e-book is really good, as I said above I do like the cover, it is a very good likeness to the imagery I have in my mind from the authors descriptions of Althea. Althea has more gifts than just her healing gifts, such as, she can touch an item or building and know it's history, that is also described well. So I suppose I have given you a fairly spoiler free plot summary, now the more difficult part explaining how I felt about the book and what I honestly thought about the book. I did enjoy most parts of the book, however if I am totally honest I did not enjoy all facets of the book. I enjoyed the post apocalyptic aspects of the book, the descriptions of the surroundings, the way people live. I did enjoy the book, I just felt at times like the author was trying to introduce a few too many genres. I wanted the book to remain within the post apocalyptic genre more, and perhaps leave out some of the more sci-fi/fantasy threads of the plot. I was not keen on the introduction of the harem woman Rachel, and the fact she was from the future and had been in a stasis bed/container. The character of Rachel, and her being part of the military was in keeping with the plot, it was just a step too far for her to have traveled from the future for my taste. Whilst I liked the idea and character of Aurora, I also wasn't so keen on the sci-fi element of how Aurora would randomly emerge from someone else's body. I loved the first part of the book and then at almost two thirds of the way through the book meandered off somewhat becoming more sci-fi led, then at the end it came back to the things in the book that I had enjoyed in the first two thirds of the book, and the conclusion is one of hope for Althea and those she genuinely cares about, but in addition to the hope there is also a hint at a shadow of more harshness and terror to come for her, in the shape of Archon and his followers. Althea may end this book in safety but will she remain in that level of security for very long? So did I enjoy the book? To be totally honest, my feelings and opinion on this book was mixed. Considering all I'd say yes. Would I recommend it? Yes, though I would point out it is not solely a post apocalyptic plot. Would I want to read another book in this series? I'm not wholly sure, it would depend on which genre was more prominent. If it's predominantly post apocalyptic then that's an easy yes. If it's more Sci-Fi/Fantasy I'm not so sure. I'll have to read the blurb to decide. Would I read another title by this author? That would depend on the individual title but I would certainly checkout any title by this author.