Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Double Reviews: Heirs of Prophecy AND Tools of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman

The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land. The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself - the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world. The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde. Only one thing stands in their way. The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.


This book reminded me of The Pendragon Adventures Series, Gregor the Overlander, and the Mother-Earth Series. I just adore MG adventure, fantasy books! Seriously, one of my f
avourite genres. This book had it all, magic, powers, dwarves, elves, and many more! Oh, I recently watched Lord of the Rings movies and I really felt this had aspects of LotR (more on this later).

What I love the most about the book was that it involved the whole family and not just the children (yes! Mother, and father!) I had never read a book where it included the whole family in the adventure. It was very interesting to see the parents react to the magical powers. The Riverton family was interesting. I really loved how the characters weren't perfect. I found a lot of main characters in MG were always perfect in one way or another. The brothers felt jealousy and difficulties. I really felt for them. They grew throughout the novel and I really, really felt they learnt some morals (I might be having a Naruto moment, be right back.) The Lancaster were the cutest, sweetest family ever! Think of the perfect fantasy family, yeah, that was them. When the families teamed up, it was like the perfect combination. Furthermore, they joined forces with dwarves, elves and ogres (this really reminded me of the Mother-Earth Series by Alan Tucker but also LotR).

Heirs of Prophecy was action-packed, and fast-paced. There was friendship, adventure, and love. I definitely recommend this book to fans of MG fantasy!

And yes! The book was told in a third person point of view so it covered very angle. :) It is my favourite point of view. Love, love, love!

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.


Like the first book, this book immediately reminded of previous novels or movies I had watched. A school for magic was started to teach others about how to defend against evil. And BOOM! First thing I thought of? Harry Potter! And as I read on I felt like there was some Supernatural connection. Azazel in the first book? Demon Lord in the second? Haha, perhaps I am over thinking it?

This book was more mature than the first book. The boys were older in this book but the story itself was darker, more mysterious and suspenseful. Time for another TV show comparison? Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Like in Naruto Shippuden, the children were more mature, the adults changed, there was more romance. Here is where Ashley felt all the tingles throughout her body. :3 Me Gusta!

This book had what the first book had and I really enjoyed it. Unlike a lot of books out there where the second book would always disappoint me, this book didn't. So basically transfer all the goodies I wrote for book one to this review. *Insert goodies here*.


  1. Thank you for the kind words on the review.

    I'd like to let everyone know that the first book in this series (Heirs of Prophecy) is available on Kindle for FREE until Friday.

    It is currently #2 in Epic Fantasy and #145 in Kindle Store.

    Grab it here: http://tinyurl.com/8k7w3yu #FREE

    Ashley - if you could post your reviews on Amazon as well, I would greatly appreciate it.

    -Mike Rothman


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