2 out of 4 stars
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There's an ancient prophecy. Six pillars will fall and then evil will prevail. The third fell years ago; at which point, it seemed the prophecy was put on hold. Now, the fourth pillar has fallen, and it's about to get ugly fast.
Jaden and Jared's job is to protect the world against evil. They are Guardians and deal with demons, vampires, werewolves, and the like. The prophecy concerns them, as they somehow have a part in it. But, what's their role exactly? Who are the fifth and sixth pillars? Will they be able to stop evil from taking over?
Dream Prophecy by Known as Lise is a science fiction story. It's a classic good versus evil storyline, yet it was interesting enough to keep me involved. The profanity was prevalent, there was an abundance of violence, and, with mature themes, the book wouldn't be suitable for a younger crowd.
The book was action-packed from start to finish. The author draws you in right away, with the excitement beginning immediately. The ancient prophecy was mysterious and enigmatic, as it should be. This is the first in a series, and, as such, it has a cliffhanger ending. In fact, the plot is just getting to the apex when it ends, which is a bit of a let down.
Jaden tells us much of the story from her perspective in the first person, but there are scenes that are narrated in the third person as well. Mostly, the switch was easy to notice, and it was interesting to be able to appreciate the story from multiple angles. Jaden is a strong woman who's very likeable; she seems younger than the mid-twenties the author gave as her age, though.
Speaking of immaturity, the writing itself was juvenile. The descriptions were lackluster and could have been more vivid. The characters didn't develop; they didn't grow. The story would be great as a young adult novel, and the characters would have made perfect teenagers. If the book had less profanity, I would recommend it for high schoolers.
The last issue worth mentioning was the lack of editing. Tenses were incorrect, there were extra words, and the wrong words were used. Also, the perspective changes in the middle of a sentence. Jaden is telling us her story, and she switches from "I" to "she." The author tends to repeat words within a sentence as well. Here's an example. "...the dusted remains to the hellhound from laid on the cement in a dusted pile."
To summarize, the book is interesting, but it would have been better as a young adult novel. It, also, needed much more editing. I, therefore, give Dream Prophecy 2 out of 4 stars. With better editing, it might've ranked higher, but the story was only mediocre. I recommend it to those that enjoy a supernatural story without much depth.
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