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Alara's Call (The Prophet's Chronicle #1)

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Tales are often told of heroes who fulfill ancient prophecies. Alara's Call is the tale of a woman who gives new ones.

Alara sees visions of other’s futures, but never her own.

A young clergywoman with a fiery passion for her Telshan faith, she has been assigned to a mission abroad but longs to lead a congregation in her homeland. Her father, the prime minister, jeopardizes
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Anna Tan
I honestly don't know how to put a star on this. Maybe I won't. There are too many factors that I can't reconcile which swing the bar anywhere from a two- to a four-star. A three would be a logical compromise, but, well.

At its core, Alara's Call is a romance. Yes, it positions itself as adventure/fantasy, there is politicking and battle and a strong core of faith that runs through the whole novel, but in the end, it's really about Alara and Dorrell and their fight to be together.

If it had been
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Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alara's Call by Kristen Stieffel is a different take on a fantasy novel. With such a strong heroine as Alara, the novel centers around her visions for the future and what that means for her personally. With an inspirational fantasy novel, I knew I would be facing characters with different names in a completely new world with special abilities. Stieffel delivers just that.

The writing is top notch. I jumped right into the setting and the character's mindset pretty early on.
I had no trouble telli
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Randy Tramp
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alara, a young woman with a passion for her Teshan faith, sees visions. She longs to lead a congregation in her homeland.

Her father, the prime minister, has other plans for her future, a forced marriage to a crown prince of a foreign nation.

What an action-packed read. The first page pulled me in and the rest of the book kept me going. Twists and turn, and "I didn't see that coming," made it exciting. When I put Alara's Call down, I thought of the characters, the plot, and the excitement and look
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Laurie Lucking
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved that this book was so different from anything I've ever read! It has adventure, romance, a bit of fantasy, political maneuvers, but at it's heart it revolves around the protagonist's faith. Alara was such a fascinating character - a prime minister's daughter who would much rather be known for her work as a curate; a woman deeply connected to her religion who can beat up trained soldiers when defending herself. Beautifully written and filled with detailed world-building, Alara's Call will ...more
Katherine Coble
Every so often one of my friends will ask me to review their books. I used to do it a lot, but I am picky so I am running out of friends. People find excuses to take their friendship elsewhere when you politely but firmly two-star their baby.
My method lately has been to "say nice or say nothing".

Two times in the last three years I have had friends write books that are so compelling, enjoyable, well-written and improbably relevant to my interests that I won't shut up about it. I will beg people
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Gretchen
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although Alara’s Call fits into the fantasy category of speculative fiction as a “sword opera” set in a fictional world, there is no magic. Alara’s visions, and other characters’ supernatural abilities are more like enhanced spiritual gifts. Because of this, Alara’s Call reads like a suspense novel set in a quasi-Victorian world. Each scene moves the story forward in a tight plot that alternates beautifully between dialogue that sets up the political machinations and action scenes that put the r ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alara's Call by Kristen Stieffel is an engaging and thought provoking read.

The protagonist, Alara, is both independent and kickass, while at the same time faithful to her God and wholely feminine. she is a preacher and a prophet, and a warrior. But she is also human and sometimes she doubts. In short she is an excellent role model for Christian women to look up to.

The main conflict of the novel involves Alara's father, a prime minister, including her name as part if a trade agreement. She is c
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Sara James
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't think of any flaws to this book. Before I began, I heard it described as a sword fantasy with a Regency feel. It's much more. Stieffel imagines a world where a people worship a trinitarian Godhead where two of the persons are spoken of as female. It took me some time in my reading to grasp which terms I might see as parallel to our own names for God and the three persons of the Trinity, but she makes this parallel faith work. (Even for this reader who sees more heresy than truth in The S ...more
Tina Yeager
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alara's Call beckons readers to believe in a magnificent alternate reality. Invited by characters so vivid, I responded as if a friend had called me to escape through a window into a fantastic world. Stieffel crafts depth and contrast, with the dream of egalitarian tenets set amid a culture of equestrian, Old World charms. Irresistably spurring me to turn page after page, the tumultuous journey compelled me to read late into the night. I encourage all fans of fantasy to climb through the window ...more
Tina Yeager
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alara's Call beckons readers to believe in a magnificent alternate reality. Invited by characters so vivid, I responded as if a friend had called me to escape through a window into a fantastic world. Stieffel crafts depth and contrast, with the dream of egalitarian tenets set amid a culture of equestrian, Old World charms. Irresistably spurring me to turn page after page, the tumultuous journey compelled me to read late into the night. I encourage all fans of fantasy to climb through the window ...more
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I am a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. I’ve edited nonfiction, Bible studies, and novels for the general market and the Christian submarket, and I love to teach at writers conferences.

I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Christian Editor Connection.

I’m an elder in the Presbyte
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“sometimes paraphrase our own Scriptures. For example, the verse above is modeled on Galatians 3:28, which says, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (NRSV). This wisdom is almost two thousand years old, yet we still struggle to achieve racial and gender equality. One of the things I wanted to explore in this storyworld is what life would look like if people lived as if they really believed this verse is true. One fact the church has historically used to rationalize the sidelining of women is that Jesus, the Twelve, and the apostle Paul were all men. Meanwhile the first evangelist, Mary Magdalene, is unjustly slandered as a prostitute, and Junia, whom Paul called “prominent among the apostles” (Romans 16:7), is all but forgotten. Many have even tried to recast her as a man.” 0 likes
“My decision to use a feminine Redeemer anyway was not made merely to provoke. It’s an attempt to inspire introspection. If people are bothered by the idea of a feminine Creator or Redeemer, they should consider why they’re bothered. My faith tradition teaches that God is beyond gender, because God is not human. God is Other, but since both male and female are made in God’s image, we can conclude that God’s nature encompasses” 0 likes
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