series: Books of the Infinite
Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see.
Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen--not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young.
Istgard has turned their back on me. See the evil they do.
Yet after experiencing His presence, she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to follow the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. Here she meets Kien, a young Traceland ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela must surrender to her destiny... and determine how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.
Will you accept the branch and speak my will? Will you be my prophet?
". . . this tale captured me and held me hostage to the very last page. Breathlessly waiting for the next book."
Donita K. Paul, bestselling author of THE DRAGON KEEPER CHRONICLES
"Character-driven and suspenseful, this outstanding YA speculative fiction launch does a great job of world building. Bethany House is marketing it heavily to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy, so demand should be high."
Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Highly engaging, moves at a nice pace, imaginative, and spiritually beautiful. The Old Testament feel is well executed and easily reminds the reader of Israel's monarchy/prophet relationship."
"First-time inspirational fantasy author Larson brings a mythical new world to life...Larson blends traditional fantasy adventure elements--strange creatures, epic battles, and mysterious realms, with the Old Testament's saga of God against evil without leaning too heavily in either direction. This balance keeps readers riveted, and they'll be eager for more from this promising new writer."