‘Propheticus: The Mangitori de Sangue’ by Emma Daley

Propheticus: The Mangitori de Sangue

by Emma Daley

Self-published/CreateSpace

Pub. Date:   November 20, 2010

Book received from: Author

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Genre:  Sci-fi/Fantasy/ almost YA fantasy

Cover:  Pretty- her eyes really draw me in, but the lettering is a bit busy

Characters:  Likable, but just a bit dry at times

Worth the read?  Yes- if you intend on reading the entire trilogy

Favorite quote: 

“There is something frightening about how a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you.”

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Propheticus takes place in an ancient universe, and follows Aniah, a shy beauty who lost her father years before.  Aniah’s world changes completely when a stranger, Novell, shows up in the middle of the desert, and she discovers that she is part of something much larger than she ever even knew existed.  As Novell and Aniah become closer, they realize they are bonded in more than one way, and that they must fight the darkness that is threatening their universe together.  However, there are many questions that need to be answered if they are going to win and save everyone they love.

Propheticus is a great start to the trilogy, providing a much-needed background and development of the world and the characters.  However, if you plan on just reading this first installment, it will probably leave you wanting for more, because all the action takes place in the very end, leaving the reader thinking ‘finally!.’  At times the story is a bit slow and predictable, but there is something that is just intriguing enough that it begs you to keep reading.

Anya is a very likable character, and is believably timid and shy, leaving the possibility for her to grow much stronger as time goes on.  Her mother and Novell are both very great complements, and the mysterious Dyna, an old friend of Novell’s, gives just enough drama to the story without going overboard.

In the end, the characters and the world are pretty well solidified, and the goal of the rest of the series defined.  Hopefully, the other two books do pick up the pace just a bit, or they are really not going to get much done.  One thing is for sure:  you cannot read just one.

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 TOMORROW:  My review of Book #2 in the Propheticus series.

‘Propheticus: The Mangitori de Sangue’ can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Emma Daley, go to her website here.

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