A couple of weeks ago I published a guest post by this author. He talked briefly about how he comes up with his characters and the magical world that you read about in his books. Today I have my review of the book, Tools of Prophecy, the second book in The Prophecies series.
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.
As with the first book, Heirs of Prophecy, I also enjoyed this one. It picks up from where the first book left off and new things about Trimoria and its people are introduced. Of course, there are also new characters (and new creatures!) that come into play. The characters have grown and are slowly coming into their powers and more things are revealed about the prophecies that surround them. Although, like the first book, the pace is slow and easy, things are definitely getting more exciting. Where the first book was all about the characters discovering new things–a new world, unique creatures, and special abilities–the second book is all about preparation–everyone and everything gearing up for that epic battle between good and evil.
I can’t help but compare this series with the Percy Jackson series (’cause that’s the only kids’ fantasy series I’ve read that’s comparable). I have to say the first two books haven’t been as fast and action-packed as each and all the Percy Jackson books, but this doesn’t derail the series from being interesting and exciting in its own way. There are always new characters, storylines, and pieces of the prophecy introduced along the way so I’m kept interested and curious. I just hope it doesn’t drag on too long. I have high expectations for the third book. I’m hoping it will be like what Return of the King is for me–an epic conclusion! :P
Read my review of the first book, Heirs of Prophecy, HERE.
Disclosure: I received a review copy for this tour in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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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.