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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Prophet's Muse is the second book in the Grace Everlasting trilogy by Olivia Landis, and a beautiful story. Readers meet Tiar Renee Alfred at the beginning of the narrative, a young orphan who’s just lost her uncle, the only person left in her life, and then enters Maxwell Franklin and the revival of an old friendship. Follow these two compelling characters as their destinies merge and as they face new challenges. Do they have the courage to be there for each other when tragedy hits home and how do they handle the growing suspicion?
Told in a tone that is warm and mellow, this story explores themes of family, faith and religion, friendship and love, loss and acceptance. Olivia Landis imbues her characters with humanity and I enjoyed navigating the inner depths of the characters. They are real and believable and the author uses a stream of consciousness to allow readers access into the thoughts of the characters and to understand the conflict that moves the narrative forward. From the prologue, I started enjoying this style and the author uses it to build backstory into the tale without distracting readers in the least. An example is when we meet Tiar driving alone along a difficult path: “A host of truths was following her like shadows and she needed to leave town before anyone discovered them trailing behind her—the secret relationship she never should have pursued, the friendship she never should have violated, an accidental overdose and a week in a psychiatric ward, a faked illness...”
The Prophet's Muse is gripping, written in a gorgeous style and featuring exciting dialogues that enrich both plot and character. This is a well-plotted story with great potential to entertain and inspire readers. One of those books that keep readers awake the whole night, thanks to the beauty of the prose and the realism infused into the writing.