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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Prophesy by L.T. World, raised by a brutal and callous General, fifteen-year-old Tommy's huge heart and sensitivity are seen as weakness by his father. Tommy's home is filled with wealth and cold vengeful hearts. Since his mother died in childbirth, Tommy's only times of happiness and sense of belonging come from the kindhearted Doctor Common. When a prophet arrives in the town, warning them that The Beast is coming to destroy their kingdom, the townspeople mock his insanity. As they ignore his prophecy, death and misfortune befall many citizens, causing division and paranoia. As civil disruption between the king's soldiers and the people escalates, Tommy finds himself with nowhere safe to hide. As the city prepares itself for war and the arrival of The Beast, Tommy realizes the weak and vulnerable will be the first victims. The only way to survive the bloodshed is to fight.
The unusual storyline is gripping from the outset. The theme of Prophesy by L.T. World is not what you first imagine. This is a story with a powerful message about the morals and judgemental attitude of people. I loved Tommy; his caring heart, his sensitivity and his desperate need to be accepted were so endearing. The relationship he formed with the brilliant Doctor Common is one we all aspire to achieve. The behaviors of the characters reveal the best and worse personality traits of humanity. There are so many endearing moments entwined with the brutality of war and death. The suspense and thrills will keep you on the edge of your seat as you await the arrival of The Beast. I loved the analogies throughout, especially when the birds attacked a female character and Doctor Common described them as beastly creatures devouring the weak. This could have been used to describe the behavior of the warring factions. If you really study the message within the pages of this well-written novel, you will discover a profound message. What actually causes the destruction of people is not an outside force but the depravity, ignorance, and arrogance that we allow to consume us. The ending was spectacular and leaves you questioning your own values and behavior.