Epic fantasy with a "flavor" of biblical times - Prophet is certainly an imaginative and well-written addition to Christian fiction! The rigors of a prophet's journey, from the physical pain endured to the ridicule received and the heartbreak felt, are detailed in a world that is generally familiar enough to picture and yet "far out" enough to be fantastical. Dangers abound everywhere, but the One communicating through His prophet is close at hand - in control at all times and offering grace and justice in turn.
For those who aren't fantasy or biblical fiction fans, this book might be a bit difficult to traverse through. At one point Ela (the prophet) compares herself to an ambassador - so you know the story involves a fair amount of diplomacy and national/international matters. This isn't just a tale about a prophet; it's a tale about the people and nations who choose to either act on or reject the words of the Infinite. It's a grand story, but I confess that I didn't have much of a problem putting it down...and not picking it back up again much until I forced myself to finish it.
But I discovered that there is some romance woven in, and even some cute scenes involving a destroyer (think very big horse). Sometimes the interactions between the hero, the heroine, and the horse even brought to mind the teasing and the antics of Rapunzel, Flynn, and a certain horse in the Disney movie Tangled, believe it or not!
Ultimately, Prophet offers a unique take on the prophets of old, as well as a reminder of how awesome and how loving God is. The fantasy elements might make the story hard to get into for those who don't normally read fantasy, but I think the story is rewarding if you persevere.
*With thanks to Bethany House Publishers through CFBA for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*