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THE PROPHECY by Dawn Miller

THE PROPHECY

The Watchers Chronicles

By Dawn Miller

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-71433-0
Publisher: Zondervan

An apocalyptic series with an evangelical subtext kicks off with this high-octane thrill ride. Five pre-teens were best friends once, sharing a mystical bond transcending race and class. But that was seven years ago, before something horrible happened: something that they can’t remember, that tore them apart, that sent them drifting into crime, drugs and despair; something that is now stalking their nightmares, drawing them back together to become embroiled in an ancient battle between angels of light and darkness. The plot is cleverly constructed with short chapters dissolving present and past, creating a phantasmagoric effect that constantly ratchets up the adrenaline level. While the heroes are sympathetic and fundamentally decent, they are presented with a graphic realism uncommon in Christian fiction and seem far older than their supposed years. The large cast, many sporting sound-alike or exotic names, can be confusing, and it’s not quite clear exactly what happens at the climax beyond a busload of setup for future books. Still, the combination of vivid cinematic detail, gritty adolescent angst and spectacular supernatural kickassery should prove irresistible. (Horror. YA)