Wednesday, 27 March 2013

ARC Review & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Lords of Prophecy (The Prophecies #3)

Original Title: Lords of Prophecy
Series: The Prophecies #3
Author: Michael A. Rothman
Publisher: M & S Publishing, LLC
Release Date: March 1st 2013
Source: From the author
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

The Riverton brothers have completed their training, and despite their own personal skills, they worry about the forces arrayed against them. Knowing the barrier that's kept the people of Trimoria safe for over five centuries is weakening, the brothers ready their ragtag army of humans, dwarves, and elves for battle.

In the meantime, on the other side of the ancient barrier, a growing army of demons have readied themselves for the final battle against the people of Trimoria.

As the barrier weakens, Ryan is struck by bouts of debilitating madness. As the barrier crumbles, so does the hope of Trimoria's citizens.


So, here is the final battle... The Riverton brothers had grown much since the last book.   This book starts after 5 years from where we left and the matureness in the characters is new, but expected.  There are celebrations in Trimoria, what with Ryan and Aaron's wedding, but there is also monsters to destroy.  Sammael (lover of chaos) and his assistant, Malphas (the monsters I was talking about) is intent on taking over Trimoria.  Will the Riverton family stop them?

As in the other books, this book is a gentle fantasy and romance.  The pace is slow, but steady.  The writing was simple and smooth.  As always, the relationship between the family and friends in this book is enviable.  Its something I loved in all the three books.  The character formation was great.  I loved Ohaobbok and I thought we lost him in the end..  Okay, no more spoilers, I have been trying very hard not to give anything out, but I can't stop about Ohaobbok.  So, there are many twists and some excitement in the novel that I appreciate.

A comfortable ending to the Prophecy series.  This may not be the best series out there, but this will be one of those series that I enjoyed and felt happy about.


1.  Heirs of Prophecy - Read review here
2.  Tools of Prophecy - Read review here
3. Lords of Prophecy


I've been writing throughout my career as an engineer, however my writing had been relegated to technical books and technical magazine articles. Heck, you might even find a couple of those musty tomes still for sale if you look hard enough.

With my foray into epic fantasy, I've shed the shackles of technical writing and created novels that I hope will be attractive to a much wider audience.

I've always admired truly epic tales. You know the ones I mean. The book you crack open, wander through and utterly get immersed in. The story takes you on twists and turns you never expected, run into dead-ends that make you wheel your arms backward to prevent you from falling into an endless abyss. By the time you reach what you think is the end, you've read hundreds of pages and realize the end is really only the beginning of the story.

You close the book and wonder out loud. "Do I have the next book? Is it out yet?"

My goal when I started writing the first book (HEIRS OF PROPHECY) that involved the Riverton family was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Since then, a second book (TOOLS OF PROPHECY) was released, and now I introduce the third book in the series with LORDS OF PROPHECY.

As to my other writing activities, I've completed another as of yet unreleased novel in the Prophecies series, and they are scheduled to be released as soon as - well, as soon as the paperwork on them is complete, and the lawyers nod their heads up and down.

I hope you enjoy the novel.

In the meantime, if you want to see my ramblings, I lurk at the following social media portals:

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Michael will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly chosen host.


  1. There is something rather special about epic reads. Total immersion.


  2. I like the slow build up in my epic fantasy :)

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  3. The end of a series always saddens me!

    mrs.hildebrand at gmail dot com

  4. I'm glad I've started reading when the second book was already published :)

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

  5. I love to read a book and know the adventure will continue in the next book, that's why a series is so much fun.


  6. Thanks for the kind review.

    I will point out, that even though this series is complete, there is a prequel coming out (soon) - It’s already complete, just waiting for it to be released (it will focus heavily on Arabelle’s backstory), and the next series I am working on will bring a couple of characters into it that people will recognize.

    Ramai? (Oops, did I say that? Yes - I did….)

    Also I’d point out that this won’t be the last you see or hear of the Rivertons…. there will be more…. ;-)

  7. What was your favorite part in writing this book?


  8. Putting the period on the last sentence. It's what I'd imagine it being the moment you give birth, get to the peak of a mountain, or the equivalent. So glad you got there, enjoyable to look back and see all that you did.

    I enjoy all parts of the writing process, depending on my mood, but don't be fooled. It's a lot of work to make sure things are consistent, things flow, etc etc. Getting to the end of the first draft is inevitably a major high point. :-)

  9. I love knowing that there is an author who is writing exciting and awesome books for YA's. These sound outstanding.

  10. I really enjoy epic tales (since I was an YA). The series seems unique.
    I'll take a look at Heirs of Prophecy first.

  11. Thanks for the honest review!


  12. Congrats to Michael on the new release! Thanks for sharing


  13. I've enjoyed epic fantasy since reading Alanna by Tamora Pierce in 1st grade. This series is another wonderful example and I will definitely try to entice my little ones with it when they're ready for it!

    andralynn7 At gmail DOT com

  14. i love a great epic story! the usually captivate me the best!

  15. Looks awesome and intense! The cover is so captivating too.


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