Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review: Tools of Prophecy by Matthew A. Rothman - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

(A full length, middle grade fantasy novel)

This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Michael will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so comment today AND follow the tour (if you click on the tour banner above, it'll take you to a list of his tour stops) -- the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a GC!

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.

In this second exciting book of Michael A. Rothman's series, an epic battle awaits.  While Ryan Riverton begins his training in wizardry in the Elven Kingdom, Aaron Riverton must build an army to defeat Sammael and the wicked elven queen, Elisandrea.  Perhaps with help from family, friends, fiancees, and Silver, Trimoria will be saved.

I really liked the pace of this book and enjoyed how the action and adventure was mixed with romance. The author writes fluently and his story is easy to follow.  The book began a bit slow, but every moment that dragged was followed immediately by action, and kept me engaged in the plot.  I enjoyed all the characters, but my favorite was the toddler, Zenethar.  What a cutie!

I recommend this book to fantasy lovers of all ages.

4.5 / 5 Flowers

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.

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  1. Thank you for your review. I am pleased you found the second book to be exciting.


  2. I enjoyed the blurb and review.

  3. I love that cover! It's so very visual.
    Great review! This book sounds amazing.


  4. I loved the review. It makes me want to read this book and the previous one even more.

  5. Really look forward to reading this series thanks for the chance of winning. Gale Nelson

  6. With the way the world is, who's to say what's fiction? You have a point, and the book sounds intriguing!


  7. I love the unique cover.


  8. Thank you for your review, I am glad that you enjoyed it.

    The next release will actually involve a prequel story which focuses on Arabelle (one of the key female characters that shows up in the first Book and plays a stronger part in the Tools of Prophecy). If things go as planned with the release schedules, we might see something near the end of the year. [See my blog or Facebook page for latest news on that].

    Speaking of which, I will cross-link to this review from my blog, if you could possibly post this review on Amazon as well, it would be greatly appreciated.



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