Featured: The Child of Prophecy by Rebecca Bryn
A prophecy, a sacrifice, and a truth that is more terrifying than the legend, an epic and dramatic dystopian novel with a strong message.
The Child of Prophecy is set in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco at some time between the Great Flood and the Second Coming. Kiya is a village healer and her husband, Raphel, is a storyteller, keeping alive the oral traditions of their people.
Life is peaceful, ordered, happy, and the most excitement they have is regular visits from Abe, an itinerant peddler who trades across the mountains with his mule, Moses.
Abe, however, is not what he seems, and though he has Kiya and Raphel’s best interests at heart, he has a secret agendum laid down by a long-dead pope that is sometimes at war with his love for his friends.
He has dedicated his long life to watching over the village where Kiya lives, but why? What is it he’s not telling her?
All goes horribly wrong when a pagan, war-hungry cult from the northern side of the mountains descend with arson, rape, and slaughter on their minds, and an ancient prophecy to fulfill.
Kiya is kidnapped and forced north over the mountains, but what has the prophecy to do with Kiya? Does Abe know?
Alaric, one of the barbaric Northmen, sees Kiya as the legendary ‘Gift’ of prophecy he’s been sent to find, and he rapes and kidnaps her and forces her north over the mountains, leaving Raphel for dead amid the burning ruins of his village.
Raphel lives and determines to set off in search of Kiya, his only aids are hope, love, and a headful of stories. Abe goes with him, but his reasons for this aren’t quite what they seem, and he will find his allegiances sorely tested.
That the chase on foot across the mountains in winter will be hard and long is not in doubt, or that the sea voyage will be fraught with danger, or the trek across the desert under a burning sun less deadly than that of their ancestors who fled persecution from East Africa.
That gentle Raphel will have to use every ounce of his knowledge, wit, compassion, forgiveness, and courage to rescue his wife, is certain, but who will prove to be his friend and who his foe, and what is this prophecy by which the Northmen set so much store?
Why is it so important that they will kill and risk their own deaths to fulfill it – and can such an ancient prophecy be trusted?
Originally published as Where Hope Dares.
Meet Rebecca Bryn:
Rebecca lives near Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, in the far west of Wales with her rescue dog, rescue husband, and twenty very sheepish sheep.
Surrounded by stunning coastal and moorland scenery, she also loves to paint. She inherited her love of stories from her grandfather, who told stories with his hands: stories with colourful characters and unexpected endings.
Her fascination with what makes people who they are, and the belief that life is many shades of grey, informs her writing. A Native American Indian proverb reads, ‘Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.’
Rebecca has based her life on this tenet: it is certainly core to her writing. ‘We may not condone what a person does, but sometimes we can understand and maybe come to forgive.’ In 2019, she won the IAN Fiction Book of the Year prize, the IAN Outstanding Historical Fiction prize, and the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Historical era/event Fiction.
All her books have been awarded Readers’ Favorite 5-star reviews, and previews of her books can be read at https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/free-previews/
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Review by SacredGeometryBlog:
The Child of Prophecy is voluminous yet gripping from the very beginning. It takes place in the future of planet Earth but has an ancient feel to it. It felt as though I was reading a myth or a legend.
Though there are many subplots, it’s mainly a love story between Kiya, a gifted healer, and Raphel, a talented storyteller.
Their beautiful relationship is interrupted by Kiya’s captivity and sexual sacrifice, but the connection between them is so strong and powerful that none of the outside evil can bring them down.
I found this to be a breathtaking adventure. Some parts were tough for me to read, and the overall mood is dark and dramatic, but very captivating.
I liked the idea of the future/past synchronicity, and how the author depicts the future of humanity as a reference to ancient times. It makes you think whether history cyclically repeats itself.
I also enjoyed the spiritual tone to it and the nicely weaved in ecological messages.
I could feel the expertise and diligent work of the author and sensed how much she worked on developing the story’s world and the characters.
Hats off to her work!
I think this book will please readers who like epic, dramatic dystopian novels with a strong message.
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