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Prophase: A Present Tale is a fantasy coming of age novel. Piper has never been the most beautiful or most popular girl but she has always had great friends and for the last two years an amazing boyfriend. She has been responsible for the care of her brother for a long time and it has matured her. She has her life planned out and she is ready for the future. The changes that overcome her on her eighteenth birthday, which also happens to be the vernal equinox, are overwhelming and shocking. She is going to uncover a world she never knew existed. A world that is very much in turbulence within itself. There is a whole history that she must uncover about who she is and how she can affect the world as she knows it.
Street created a very interesting and imaginative world full of different types of beings and magic. Piper is a character that is easy to like and understand. She is a very genuine person with good intentions. I enjoyed observing her embrace the amazing change that was coming over her and her unbelievable increase in power. Piper, as our narrator, had to absorb an abundant amount of information all while in hiding and all while trying to keep a semblance of the life and friendships she had before she was awakened.
Quite a few things happened throughout this novel, almost too much, to the point where it felt forced. When some of the different beings were introduced they were lacking in details. Vague descriptions were provided that still left many questions. Street created a world that was nice to imagine but could use some development. I want to understand the different aspects of the beings introduced if they are going to be a vital part of the story. More informed introductions to these characters would do wonders for the development of this novel.
Many fans of fantasy novels will enjoy this novel. I give this novel 3 out of 4 stars. Prophase: A Present Tale is an interesting, easy to read, coming of age novel that with a little fine tuning and development could be a successful series.
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