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There Comes a Prophet

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  84 reviews
"But what are we without dreams?"

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that
Paperback, 282 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Double Dragon Publishing
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I honestly had no idea what I would think of this book. It has an interesting description, but I felt a little clueless about it. It sounds like dystopian fantasy or something. And the book started out feeling kind of fantasy, but that was just because of the world we're introduced to. The people live like they did in the old the days, before technology and cars, etc. They weave clothing, they grow their food, they travel by foot or cart, they live simple lives. At about the halfway mark we get ...more
Jill Swanson-Diaz
There Comes A Prophet is a superbly written tale of science fiction. This story is set in a dystopian society where the age of discovery has been ruled as a deafening darkness. The people have come to believe that the Vicar's who rule and teach them have the final say. Although some express their discontent in minor ways, most choose to exist under their rule and except their way without question. I was enthralled and intrigued by the authors creation of this society. Instead of the usual destru ...more
Fiona Ingram
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nathaniel, Orah, and Thomas, best friends since childhood, live a peaceful, bucolic existence in Little Pond, a place as small as its name suggests. Their lives are simple, governed by the teachings from the Temple, and the ministrations of the Vicars and their squadron of Deacons. Hints of the past, the ‘darkness’, are resolutely squashed by the Vicars who explain that to doubt is to reject the ‘light’ of their teachings. Subsequently, the perceived ‘magical’ elements of the past are crushed in ...more
Arlene Kay
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When three young friends challenge a repressive regime, they set in motion changes that will shake their world. "There Comes A Prophet" underscores two themes: the power of friendship, and the impact of individual courage in a world gone awry. The author deftly sketches the landscape (both geographic and personal) of the society in which his characters exist, and teases his readers with the promise of a fuller life that is there for the taking.

Although the drama and pace of this book feel very m
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a high school teacher and avid reader, I am constantly in search of books for my students as well as myself. David Litwack's There Comes A Prophet is a perfect story for young adult readers, but its underlying theme and character development will keep any adult engaged. Nathaniel, Orah, and Thomas go on a journey to discover the keep, a rumored hidden treasure that many believe never existed or has been destroyed over time. Through their quest, the three main characters work to solve a riddle ...more
Previously published on my blog:

There Comes a Prophet surprised me. Big-time. After several review requests, I had come to expect, well, less from authors who self-published their works or worked with small publishers. (Pardon me if I sound insulting to the aforementioned authors or publishers, but it’s generally true in my experience that those works tend to be less polished than those from, say, HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster.) But There Comes a Prop
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Wow. When I first started this book, the premise was just a little bit too boring, the characters were a little too meh, and the story-line was dragging. Yes, it was. I was supremely bored, and more than a little unhappy that I'd accepted this book's pitch. Then, when I was about 50 pages in, it suddenly just all came together.

The character's became more developed, the story-line sky-rocketed to terrific, and
Sarah Brillinger
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book as I was a little skeptical in reading the description but the book was so much better and not at all related to wizardry. It's a dystopian society, a future world where technology is no longer remembered except for a few key pieces that the rulers (the vicars) keep for themselves in order to spy on the people. Three young people start to question it all after one is taken away for a "lesson" that turns out to basically be torture. While in jail, one of th ...more
Mary Anne
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
Three young villagers come of age in a world kept peaceful by an oppressive theocracy called the Temple of Light. Their lives change when Thomas and Orah are sent for the temple's mind control ritual, the teaching. Nathaniel tries and fails to help them and in the process is imprisoned. In the dungeons of Temple City, he discovers a secret that shatters his view of their world. This starts them off on a path of discovery, where they learn the truth, not only about their world, but about themselv ...more
Kevin Symmons
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. A dystopina society once again serves as the backdrop for an adventure for three young friends (Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas). Author David Litwack has used his obvious literaty skills, thoughful plotting and vivid characterization to create an unforgetttable work. Will not spoil the complex plot but do not miss it!
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: juveniles and young adults
Note: this review was posted 8 October 2012 at On Starships And Dragonwings. The next day, in awful coincidence, the Taliban tried to kill fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun schoolgirl known for advocating women's rights to education. As of this writing, Malala has survived gunshot wounds to the head and throat, but she remains in critical condition. Please keep her in your thoughts, or pray for her, according to your beliefs.

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Alejandra (Allie)
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: Please note that I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As has been previously stated, some people have had a concern with the religious factor. After reading this for myself, I can assure you that the book is not religious in tone but more like the government is being led by religious leaders. They don't worship an actual God but the light which makes this enjoyable even for the people who avoid religious books at all costs.

This book tak
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not bias my review. I award this book 4.5 stars.

There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack stars three young people- Nathaniel, Thomas, and Orah. Their world is centered around a religion of the Light and the Darkness has to be fought off at all costs. One young person is chosen for a Teaching, so that this is a warning that can be spread throughout the villages as to what happens when confronted with Darkness. Aft
Lizzy Lessard
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There Comes a Prophet can be viewed as the YA version of 1984. The key point of 1984 was that the government controlled every aspect of life, particularly thought and ideas. There Comes a Prophet has Nathaniel and his friends living in the same bleak universe. But there’s one major difference between the two novels – hope. The children in There Comes a Prophet have an idea that transforms into a mission, which transforms into a revolution. I think that the message within this book is perfect for ...more
Carrie Slager
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclsoure: David Litwack sent me a print book in exchange for an honest review.]

There Comes a Prophet was definitely not what I expected—in a good way! In what seems to be epic fantasy in the beginning, I expected your typical coming of age story: young hero is reluctantly thrust into a war between two races because his mentor is killed/powers are discovered and ends up saving the world after a long and arduous journey. The reality of David Litwack’s science fiction/fantasy was so far fro
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Engaging twist on a future society

What I liked about “There Comes a Prophet” was the mixture of a great story of friendship and courage combined with intrigue and suspense, while presenting an interesting twist on a future society.

It’s a story of 3 friends that find out that their simplistic world is not what they thought it was. Politics and religion have merged into a way of governing and living that leave little room for individual creativity and fulfillment. It’s kind of a ‘what if religiou
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this dystopian! It almost feels like a fantasy novel at first, because you cannot see any remnants at all of our current world--but that changes about halfway through.

The world building in this one is absolutely fantastic. All of it felt believable. I especially loved how the author used religion as a catalyst for the apocalypse. And then as a method of controlling its citizens. Sound familiar?

I loved our three MCs. Thomas is the goof off, and also the one who marches to the beat
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Honestly, these aren’t the usual books I usually go seeking out to read. I took this book for review mostly because I’m always intrigued by stories where there’s a government in power that is controlling the lives of the people they say they protect and love. I always look for the lies “the powers that be” spin and wait for the lies to be spit back at them by the revolting serfs (huz zah!) Down with oppression!

In this dystopian tale, the governing body is in the form of a “religion” that seeks t
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is going to be short and sweet for several reasons. Firstly, I did find this book to be enjoyable and cute. Secondly, I don't know how else to describe it besides "cute," and I say that because it almost seems as if this book is geared more towards a younger section of young adult readers than it would be older young adult readers. There was not much of a romance, no cussing, nothing scary, and I didn't feel as if the characters were ever in danger. This is one of those books that i ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all, I'd like to thank the author for giving me a chance to read this book by generously sending me a free copy!

Originally, I was planning to take a huge break from dystopia because I was getting a bit tired of the genre. But, oh well. Here I was, reading a dystopian book. LOL.

Honestly, this book was actually pretty good.

Character discussions-

Nathaniel-- He's great, and I kind of think that I didn't get to know him well enough. But he's a great character, always ready to sacrifice hims
Melysah Bunting
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack is a story about a world ruled by The Temple of Light. The past was full of darkness. The temple must protect it's people. But at some point protection can turn into domination.

Three friends from Little Pond set out on an adventure as seekers. They are to find the keep which is knowledge from the past. The vicars are not so happy about this.

Nathaniel is a big dreamer. He seeks to become a hero. Orah is very intellectual. Thomas is much simpler.
Thomas is t
C.p. Bialois
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In a world that’s been kept peaceful for a thousand years by the church, Nathaniel always wanted more out of his life. He regularly dreamed of being a knight and hero to his friends and neighbors, but he never felt inclined to follow that path until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching.

When Thomas returns, his dreams are ripped away and Nathaniel’s other close friend, Orah, is soon selected to be taken for her teaching. In an attempt to save her, he approaches the vicars and is thrown in t
Michael Long
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was an interesting novel about a dystopian world in which almost all technology has been lost and the world is ruled by a single religion. Three teenagers set about to discover the ancient repository of human technology and knowledge. I won't give too much away but I will say the pacing was great and the book covered a great deal of story from their friendship, their village life, their discovery of the keep and it's keepers, their dealings with the religious authorities, etc. The ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: Please note that I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Overview: Three friends Nathaniel, Orah, and Thomas set out on a quest to discover the truths about their world.
Dystopia/Fantasy Novel
The government has been taken over by a group of religious leaders. Their goal is to make sure that Little Pond doesn't go back to the time of destruction and chaos. But when three teens Nathaniel, Orah, and Thomas set out on a quest to discover the t
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. A little predictable, but it definitely kept me engaged. I enjoyed the characters Nathaniel, Orah and Thomas, but I would have liked a little more depth and character development as well as more depth into Orah and Nathaniel's love relationship. I especially liked the way the author created a dystopian world in a different way than most authors. This dystopia was created by the powers that ruled versus a natural or manmade catastrophe. The story left the author the ability t ...more
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, dystopia
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up There Comes a Prophet . Was it truly a dystopia like many have tagged it to be, or did it just brush the popular genre? What's with the Fantasy label, as well? And why the Sci-fi cover, along with biblical nuances in the summary? All of it together intrigued me to no end; I just had to grab the chance to read it. And I'm so glad that I did.

There Comes a Prophet   is unlike any dystopia I've read. It comp
William Bentrim
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack
This is a dystopian novel of a future theocracy. In a time of strife, the world’s churches set aside their difference and compromise on a unifying religion. This religion ends up stifling all progress. This is the setting for the quest of three young people to discover the truth about their world.
In a world with out war, why would you want to make any changes. In a world without creativity why would you NOT want to make changes. The characters in this book
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The first reason There Comes A Prophet caught my attention was its sci-fi genre. I’ve always liked the science fiction with the authors’ wide imaginations while founding on at least limited science and technology of the present world. There Comes A Prophet presents an entirely different world combined with a touch of fantasy. Religion plays an important role of indulging the reader to fall into the world it is set in. People in this book worships “Light” and “Dark” instead of any particular god. ...more
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