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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Prophecy of the Heron:" by Craig W. Stanfill.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Kim was labeled a traitor after making love to Shan, which was against the law, and was sent to District 33, a harsh and demeaning neighborhood filled with thugs, thieves, and others. Kim entered a world she was unfamiliar with, unprepared for whatever this new neighborhood had in store for her. Kim was constantly watched by the director, who appeared dissatisfied with her defiance. She meets new people, makes new enemies, and does everything she can to survive. On her first day, she met Mags and Luz, both of whom were eager to take her life. Kim believed that someone in the Artificial Intelligence Center wanted her dead. She needed money to survive. She got a job as a pedicabbie with one of the entrepreneurs, Len. She thinks of Shan and her well-being; after the encounter that got her into this mess, Shan went blank, and they planned to elope together. But Shan was nowhere to be found. Will she ever see Shan again? How will she survive in District 33 without a housebot, all other technologies, and all the comforts of her previous life? Get a copy to find out.
 
Craig W. Stanfill's novel The Prophecy of Heron was an engrossing read. I was captivated as I read how the author divided the book into three sections. Part one is about her exile, which included a lot of things but, more specifically, how she adjusts to her new life and new home. Shadows, the second part, had to hide for a few days to avoid being killed, and she was guided to the truth by an unseen hand. Third, the Maelstrom, where she was kidnapped by the UCE and forced to undergo gender treatment. This book reminded me of two fantastic movies I'd seen recently: Divergent and The Hunger Games. The plot was captivating and intriguing. I enjoyed reading this book and found many things to like about it. The first was how the author provided very clear and crisp descriptions of everything in this book, which helped to bring the characters to life. I found myself amused by Kim's intelligence and the way she dealt with challenges. She was my favorite character, and her compassion for both humans and AIs was endearing. I admired her for going against all odds to make things right, even if it meant risking her life.
 
What I didn't like was the use of the pronoun "her" throughout the book, even for a male character. As I read, this was upsetting and perplexing because whenever I came across a supposed male character with a male name being referred to as "her," I had to remind myself that he was a male character. But I appreciate that the author mentioned this at the beginning of the book rather than just dropping it on the reader. Also, I would recommend including a glossary of terms and names because I couldn't find some of the words used in the book in the dictionary while looking up their definitions.

I will still give this book five out of five stars because I greatly enjoyed reading it and was engrossed by the plot and clear descriptions, and because the aforementioned problems were insufficient to deduct a star. However, I suggest additional editing because I found a few mistakes while reading. Additionally, I want to compliment the editor on a job well done. The author's imagination was outstanding.
 
I would recommend this book to fans of science fiction, romance, and fantasy novels; they will find it fascinating. Because of the mild sexual content, I would recommend it to a more mature audience.

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The book cover page and title are attractive to me. The author sure knows his onions well and I look forward to reading about Kim, Shuan, and district 33. Well done!!!
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Post by Amanda Warner »

Seems Kim was framed for what she did not do and would be nice to know her lover helped her in one way or the other. Good review.
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I see that this is the second book of Terms of Service. This will be interesting. I’m sure there’s a reason why these people are after Kim’s life. Great review!
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You're right, the book is such an engrossing read! What I especially loved was how it's action-packed! The action never stops, from beginning to end! How the author managed to keep the action going throughout without making the story boring is amazing to me. Top-notch skill! This sequel is definitely better than its prequel. Congratulations on your published review!
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Post by Onyeso Njoku »

Life inside District 33 will not be an easy one, it will be interesting to find out how Kim was able to survive. Nice review.
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"The Prophecy of the Heron:" by Craig W. Stanfill seam like a story that will Interest me considering that it has a setting in a regimented place. I will consider reading.
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I read this book and it frustrated me to not know if Kim was a man or a woman. The library and the AI controlling how people were allowed to think without persecution were interesting. The time jumps were somewhat confusing near the end too. This book is philosophically written with a thin line between right and wrong.
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I want to know what Kim had to undergo in District 33, what was it like? And where is Shan? These are the reasons I would love to grab this novel. The reviewer has an interesting summary.
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I wonder who wanted Kim dead in the artificial intelligence but this seems like a very good continuity to terms of service, this is a wonderfully well-written review, great job.
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I just finished reading this and it was an excellent read. I was kind of frustrated in knowing the gender of Kim and was proud they were able to survive in the end
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Post by AMARA UJU »

This story sure is interesting. I wonder why Shan disappeared all of a sudden. It is also a sad predicament for Kim, to think that she was used to one thing and she had to adjust to another. At least there was someone who came to her rescue. Your review tells a lot.
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This is an interesting sci-fi story, I will like to know how Kim survived in District 33 by adding it to my TBR. Wonderful review
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Post by Abdulwahab Maryam »

The book really is that captivating to read, you're right! I really enjoyed how action-packed it was! From start to finish, the action never stops! I find it astonishing how the author was able to keep the action moving without making the plot tedious. Outstanding talent! There is little doubt that this sequel improves upon the first. Congratulations for getting your review published!
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I just started "Terms of service". I'm happy to know this is the second book. Now I know which is my next book to read. Great review 👍.
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