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Monday, August 13, 2012

*[Blog Tour Review] Tools of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman


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.

Summary & Photo taken from Goddess Fish Promotions
Length: 380 pages (Paperback)
Source: ARC
Publication Date: August 1st 2012 by M & S Publishing, L.L.C.         

Talk about a wild ride!
When I first got the invitation to participate in the blog tour for Tools of Prophecy I was a little nervous to join in because I haven't read the first book in this series but now I'm really glad that I did choose to participate. Yes somethings were a little confusing but the book itself was so good that it makes me want to go back and read the first one. I guess I'll just have to add it to my wishlist.

I was really impressed with this book. I don't read very many middle grade books anymore. Not because I don't like them but because I'm so out of the loop that I don't know who the good authors are usually.  If you're like me in that aspect look no further. This author is one to watch in this genre.

Even though I didn't read the first book in the series Heirs of Propecy and some things were confusing and I was a little bit lost at times but the the Riverton Brothers made all the confusion worth it. I highly suggest reading the first book in the series to enjoy it fully. However that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it because I most certainly did.

There was such a spirit of adventure in this book that it reminds me of a swashbuckling pirate adventure. Don't ask me how, just go with it becuase that's a good thing. I thought the characterization in the novel was great. It was simple enough for the middlegrade readers to enjoy it but also for the older more adult readers to enjoy it as well.

The book itself is full of adventure, mystery, intrigue and a nice little smattering of betrayal all wrapped up in an entertaining well written and inventive. I loved the different personalities and the world building. If I had stumbled across this book 10 years ago when I when I was twelve I  think I would have loved to read it and even now as an adult I found it to be an entertaining read because it kept me on my toes.

When all is said and done this was an exciting read. Perfect for the middle grade reader and adults a like. The book has so much to offer that I think it would be a good read for everyone. I'm not one to think a certain book should be marketed more towards boys than girls but this one is one that I really seen a 10-13 year old boy really enjoying because of the fantasy angle of the book and I think it would make a great addition to any child's library!

Author Bio:

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.

*I received a FREE copy of this book in exchange for my FREE and Honest review. I was in no way compensated for my review and all thoughts expressed here are my own.

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Really Liked it!
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  1. I'm so pleased that you liked this. I plan on reading the series with my daughter.


  2. I also enjoyed this series. I like its easy pace and the interesting characters!

  3. 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.


  4. I enjoyed the review, thank you.

  5. This book sounds wonderful! I can really see my brother --and myself!-- enjoying this!


  6. Good to know the book appeals to all ages!


  7. What a good review, Kimberly. I don't have much chance to read Middle Grades books anymore, but as a librarian I'm always on the lookout for fun YA titles that will especially appeal to fellas. It's hard to get them to do recreational reading.
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  8. Good review. Makes me want to read both the first and second book. It is so difficult to find good books for this age group.


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