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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Pawns of The Prophet by Ronald A. Geobey is an epic science fiction fantasy novel and the second book in the Kiranis series, preceded by book one, Gods of Kiranis. This book takes up a century after where Geobey left off in God, with the World Killer being the only real character that crosses over, although all of the main characters descend from those in the first book. We find that the shield around Earth, to protect it from outer threats and prevent interior threats from destroying the planet, again is nearly there, and perhaps the most significant plot twist occurs when one of the characters is sent to gather intel on it. Alternating points of view with detailed planetary and cultural immersion reveal plots that include a mother and ship captain named Abigale who is desperate to find her daughter Hannah who has been kidnapped and does so by commandeering the Argo, owned by Samuel Vawter, a mind-numbingly wealthy and connected tech magnate. Meanwhile the descendent of Adam Echad, Arrien, is seeking truth and revenge for crimes against his people.
You cannot read Pawns of the Prophet without first reading Gods of Kiranis, regardless of what anybody else might tell you. Even with a century of change, without the fossilized footprint a reader is not only missing out on the entire premise, but they are also missing out on the exemplary critical first book of a series that is religiously plotted and planned by author Ronald A. Geobey. As a person who is the first generation of a people born free of a formerly colonized land, I most connected with Arrien Echad, even when he has been effectively forgotten about and is more of an urban legend than a real person. As a father, Abigale's character arc cut most deeply and there is no end to that pain. This is compounded by Samuel's mental health issues where he is consumed by fear of death, so the staunch resistance to progeny while another's is callously used is fascinating in the degree of irony here. Geobey writes with skill and authority. There are no loopholes and it is clean and meticulous in every conceivable way. The science fiction is on point and the fantasy elements [dragons!] coexist brilliantly. I'm hooked and just so pleased with this series...and impatient for book three. Very, very highly recommended.