Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Prophecy (The Fulfillment Series #1)

23594683Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He's grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear...not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidently meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction—for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.

When Nash's secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.

*May Contain Spoilers*

The Ethereals and the Vangards have been at war so long, it's difficult to remember how it started. But everyone remembers the prophecy: a girl with raven hair and purple eyes will marry the Ethereal Prince and bring peace to the war weary world. Thus The Prophecy by Erin Rhew begins The Fulfillment Series

Layla plays the main character but is supported by an array of influential characters. Layla has always been a little careless, though her family has told her again and again that she has to be careful. She has the prophesied black hair and the purple eyes. This carelessness and want for adventure gets her procured by the Elder. Laya is loyal, caring, and believes that she is not the Fulfillment. She's also open-minded, accepting, and curious. Readers will enjoy her personality, understand her feelings, and will only be slightly irked at her naivete. 

Nash, Wil, and Vespa along with Grant and Samson are Layla's allies. Grant and Samson are her brothers, always looking out for and protecting her. The other three are Ethereal royalty, as Wil would be the Prince who would help Layla bring peace to the lands. Wil is trusting, sweet, and genuine where as Nash is a little rough around the edges. And Vespa is a secretive, but trustworthy, teenage Princess. 

The plot begins with a country wide celebration of the prophecy, where Layla is captured and taken. She wishes to escape but one of her brother's lives is at stake and she can't take the chance that he'll be killed. Layla is presented as the Fulfillment and taken to live at the Ethereal castle where she learns much and more. The story line will excite readers, pulling them into the action. The magic induced love triangle was a bit much but the writing style and pace were both wonderful. (As was the surprise at the end...)

Rating: 4/5 Cups

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