Upon Review: Prophecy by Joanna Penn

January 11th, 2012

I love to request free books to review. In fact I subscribe to two review sites: Book Crash and Book Rooster, but sometimes I have the privilege to review a book by an author I know.

I was among several who received a preview copy of Pentecost and I fell in love with the heroine, Morgan. When Joanna asked if I’d review Prophecy, I was ecstatic. The first book was wonderful. Would book 2 be as good or would my friend rush to fill the void left by the first book’s end? Enquiring minds wanted to know.

Here’s the description that so intrigued me on Prophecy by Joanna Penn:

“I looked, and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8

The prophecy in Revelation declares that a quarter of the world must die and now a shadowy organization has the ability to fulfill these words. Can one woman stop the abomination before it’s too late?

From the catacombs of Paris to the skeletal ossuaries of Sicily and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must find the Devil’s Bible and stop the curse being released into the world before one in four are destroyed in the coming holocaust. Because in just seven days, the final curse will be spoken and the prophecy will be fulfilled.

If the last bite of food is as heavenly as the first, you know you have a culinary masterpiece. Books aren’t much different and Prophecy left me wanting more.

The Good…

While we got to know Morgan and her allies somewhat in Pentecost, each of their characters are deepened in Prophecy. We’ve gone from Prince of Persia two-dimensional characters to Lord of The Rings multi-dimensional people. Every major player pops off the page and makes you feel something.

The action is just as intense, just as Indiana Jones/Lara Croft as before, but the transitions from one scene to the next are even smoother.

I was also thankful that Joanna didn’t go into explicit detail about how certain minor characters looked or felt when they died. Those instances were better left to our imaginations.

Slightly disappointing…


I was haunted by many of the images in this book, but the final battle wasn’t one of them. It was well written and certainly did the job of being climactic, but perhaps just a little B-movie-ish. Noble’s transformation into a demon was too on-the-nose and it felt rushed, as did the rest of the battle.

However, after it was all over, the aftermath scene was perfectly executed. I particularly liked that Jake Timber wasn’t super-human and didn’t easily bounce back from being crushed by the Noble/demon character.

The overall…

If you want a great can’t-put-it-down book and love kick-butt heroines, then pick up a copy of Prophecy by Joanna Penn. It’s money well spent.