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Books of the Infinite #3
by R. J. Larson
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Akabe of Siphra is certain his people are insane.
Why have they made him a king?
What, in the name of peacetime boredom do kings do?
Frustrated by a lengthy silence from his Creator, the Infinite, Akabe decides to prove himself as king by undertaking a monumental task, his own lifelong dream: Rebuild the Infinite’s temple in Siphra.
But Akabe’s impulsive decision sweeps him into a storm of controversy. The Infinite’s enemies join forces in Siphra, and beyond, conspiring to destroy the emerging temple—and to kill their king and his mysterious new queen.
This is the third book of the series, but the first I've read of Ms. Larson's. Most times it's tough to dive into a story midway, but I had no problems or issues understanding what was happening or who characters were. Each book is about a different person, so it's not like I dove into the middle of an epic plot. Enough back story was tactfully woven in that I didn't feel I had missed out on anything.
Although King is the story of Akabe, I was definitely more intrigued and empathetic toward Kien and Ela, two supporting characters whose stories are told in books #1 & #2. I had a better grasp of who they were and their emotional turmoil than Akabe's - possibly because Ms. Larson had visited these characters so much within her mind already.
I'm not a fan of purple prose and lengthy descriptions, but I do enjoy having my senses satisfied whenever possible. This book really lacked in that area for me. Propelled forward by dialogue, I felt cheated of experiencing the world these people live in. I want to taste the scents of the air and feel the dust between their teeth - show me through imagery and precise wording.
In this way, King is a definitely 'telling' story, lacking life.
The plot is good - intriguing enough that I wanted to know the outcome. Unfortunately it DID take beyond the 25% mark for me to decide I really wanted to finish regardless of the story-telling. I'm truly glad I did, for I wanted to see Kien, Ela, Akabe, and his queen find their HEAs.
Do I recommend this book? Yes. I'm not jumping for joy, but the supporting characters make it a worthwhile read.
Author R. J. Larson
R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.
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