The Prophecy (Book 3)
by Wendy Owens
Five years have passed since Gabe abandoned Rampart, deserting his destiny and closest friends. The struggles Gabe has endured to stay alive have changed him, hardening him into a man unwilling to trust anyone or anything, dealing with difficulties connecting with the outside world.
Gabe has finally found a certain paradise–a peace in solitude–until a familiar stranger shows up on his doorstep, pleading for Gabe’s help.
Now he has to decide if he is truly content in his new life, or if he is willing to risk his solitary happiness for a little piece of the world he left behind.
Should he choose to accept the most important duty of his life, one failure could mark the beginning of the end for all mankind.
“I always loved the smell of rain. Even as a kid, I was never sad when it would rain. My friends always complained because it meant they couldn’t play outside. You would find me curled up on the box seat, the window cracked, a blanket across my lap, and a book in my hands. My aunt always said I had an old soul, just like her.”
“You were close to your aunt?” Gabe asked.
“Oh very. She took my brother and I in after my mom died,” Rachel explained.
Gabe shuddered at the familiar story. Almost all of the students he met at Rampart shared the theme of a parentless upbringing. Many of those parents had been torn away in violent scenarios, including his own. “I’m so sorry about your mom.”
“Don’t be. The cancer took years. In the end we were glad it was finally over. My dad didn’t stick around long after my brother was born. Once mom got sick my aunt moved right in. I guess it just became our normal. We went to live at her house once my mom did pass away. It just seemed natural, living with her. She made us feel like we had a home and like we were wanted,” Rachel continued with her story.
“Your aunt sounds pretty amazing,” Gabe added.
“Oh she is. I want you to meet her one day,” Rachel said. The idea of meeting her family made Gabe blush, though he didn’t know why.
“Does your brother still live with her?” Gabe asked.
Rachel hesitated, looking back out the front door to the rainy night. “I’m not sure. He was getting ready to head off to college when I left with Uri. I haven’t spoken to them since that night, so I don’t really know what happened.
Gabe could hear the sadness in her voice. When Uri had found him he was leaving nothing behind. Gabe had no friends or family of any kind. He never imagined how hard it would be for someone to leave when they had something to stay for. “I’m sorry this happened to you.”
“What? Don’t be silly. You all are protecting me, I’m grateful,” Rachel replied. Without hesitation she dashed out the front door, squealing as the cool rain fell on her face.
Surprised by Rachel’s sudden sprint into action, Gabe leaned forward and pulled himself to the open doorway. Midway into the clearing in front of the cabin Rachel danced. Spinning in a circle, her face and palms turned upwards, she was basking in the moonlight and embracing the rain drops. Rachel’s tongue slipped out, mouth open, lapping up the water as it fell.
“Hey, crazy woman, what are you doing?” Gabe called out.
“It’s refreshing, you should join me.”
“Yeah, no thanks, I think I will stay in here where it’s dry and warm,” Gabe replied.
“Oh come on, you big wuss, live a little,” Rachel goaded, not shifting her gaze from the heavens. “It’s beautiful! The moon, the stars. All of it.”
Using the door handle, Gabe pulled himself to a standing position with a groan. “How is it you always do that?”
“Do what?” Rachel asked, glancing at him for a brief moment.
“You look at everything with such a positive attitude. It’s pouring rain out there and you’re talking about how beautiful it is. I wish I had been born with that ability. I can move mountains, but I can’t find the silver lining in things,” Gabe grimaced stepping onto the porch, careful to stay under the shelter of the roof.
Rachel stopped spinning and looked at Gabe intensely.
“What? Is it something I said?” Gabe asked, glancing over his shoulder and acting confused.
Rachel didn’t say a word; she calmly walked up to face him. Silently they stared at each other for a moment. She leaned in and planted a wet and gentle kiss on his cheek. “Gabe, it’s not something you’re born with. If you want to be happy, then be happy. You only need to make the choice to let go of your sadness.”
With that, Rachel walked past Gabe and back into the cabin, the rain water dripping from her drenched clothes that now clung to her curves, leaving very little to Gabe’s imagination.
Gabe realized he was standing there alone, with a goofy smile on his face. Limping inside, he closed the door behind him, her words still lingering in his mind. Gabe wanted more than anything to be able to choose happiness. He wanted a rain storm to make him smile. He desired that the simple task of cooking would make him dance. To Gabe, however, it didn’t seem as simple as just making a choice. He hoped her joy was contagious, because he was in uncharted territories.
We received a copy of this book in exchange for our honest reviews.
While the previous two books were decidedly Young Adult, this one has a scene that pushes it firmly out of that boundary and into adult (some could say erotica but I think things faded to black before it got that far personally) I’m not sure why it was included though because up until this point I would have said it was fine for younger kids to read too, but now.. not so much.
The Prophecy delivered a sweet love story for this installment of The Guardians series which I wasn’t expecting though did enjoy. Unfortunately when it came time for that jaw dropping drama that popped up, it felt like it really fizzled out. When that level of crazy is introduced it’s really a shame to have it go to waste.
The thing that really bugs me though is – nobody uses their abilities aside from teleporting around? All that time spent in the previous books about the classes, tests, training, elemental magic, castings, potions, etc. And when things go down everyone just smacks each other around.
Looking at this so far I seem a bit critical, and maybe I am. But I really wanted more from this story. The first half of it ramps up this nice romance and gets us ready for %$#!@* to hit the fan(Days of our Lives has me trained to expect these things). But then it really doesn’t. The action falls a bit flat(see above), the drama which could have been so much more just fades out. Maybe it’s just trying to have too many elements to the story and it just needs more room to really blossom.
Now don’t get me wrong. I like the story, I like the characters(even Gabe about 50% of the time), and especially the ‘world’ created for the series. But it just doesn’t seem to reach its potential for me . I am looking forward to book 4 though as it sounds like it could be everything I was missing from this one.
On a side note, there’s a scene near the end which is supposed to be pretty serious, the ladies are talking adult stuff and Gabe is raving in the background(He needs some Xanax and therapy imho) and I can’t get this mental image of him sounding like Chris Farley from SNL just flailing his arms and going nuts. Laughed my butt off at that.
It’s tough to comment on some things because I don’t like spoilers so I don’t want to leave any. So I will just mention some aspects that I like and dislike about this book.
Like the first two, I do like the book. I think the story is well written. Although once again I am back to be frustrated with Gabe. After Uri came back into his life he seems to have gone back to his old insecure self. I like that the book is written in a way that it will keep your interest. I like the pace of the book.
Some of the things I liked about the book is that we got a tiny glimpse into what Gabe did during the 5 years since he had left the Manor. I would have liked to learn more about what happened during those years. I like the blossoming relationship between Rachel and Gabe.
This book had what felt like a cliff hanger ending. I do not like cliff hangers, but this one was not too bad because it was not one of those slap you in the face cliff hangers.
Wendy Owens was raised in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went on to a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork, she gave her first love, writing, a try.
Since 2011, she has published a young adult paranormal series, The Guardians, which will contain five books total, as well as a novella.
Wendy now happily spends her days writing—her loving dachshund, Piper, curled up at her feet. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with her tech geek husband and their three amazing kids, exploring the city she loves to call home: Cincinnati, OH.