Seventh Dimension - The Prescience

A Young Adult Fantasy

Fiction - Religious Theme
288 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2018
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Author Biography

Lorilyn writes memoirs and Christian fantasy for young adults.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Seventh Dimension - The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy by Lorilyn Roberts is the fifth book in the Seventh Dimension series that has a very unique take on time travel. Daniel and Shale, a recently engaged (betrothed) couple, found a lost orphan girl in Jerusalem and try to save her from the devastated city. From there, they embark on God’s plan and return to the first century and search for Daniel’s father who has gone missing. Finding his father could be the first step in unraveling the mystery of a tragedy that is waiting to happen. However, it is proving to be more dangerous and difficult than both of them ever thought. There are far too many enemies and dangers awaiting them, and all they can do is fight them together. But can they?

With religious themes mixed with coming of age, the novel is definitely very different and the author seems to be in her element here. I enjoyed the time travel, how the two main characters fought the odds together and came out victorious at the end. Although I have not read the previous novels in the series, I still enjoyed it and caught up with the story really quickly. The story was fast paced and entertaining. Right from the beginning, the story gripped my attention. The chemistry between Shale and Daniel was perfect; they respected each other with an intensity and worked together as a team. The element of time travel was spot on; the author ensured that the characters, the dialogues and even the environment were time appropriate. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the novel! A really entertaining coming of age story.

Melinda Hills

Shale and Daniel have barely enjoyed their first kiss to seal their betrothal as bombs begin to destroy present day Jerusalem in The Prescience: Book 5 of the Seventh Dimension Series by Lorilyn Roberts. Shale hears a cry for help with her special ability to understand animals and is led to a young girl whose parents are lying next to her, dead. Needing shelter, the three head to an underground bunker which contains the secret command center to the seventh dimension, a spiritual plane for believers. Knowing that they are part of the solution to the End Times, Shale and Daniel with their newly adopted daughter, Shira, travel back to first century Jerusalem to try to find answers while there is still time. Facing many challenges and the need to make things right with a variety of people, Shale and Daniel travel around the area and settle debts and make apologies, trying to bring as many people to the Lord as possible since the Rapture is quickly approaching. This is not easy because, although they trust the Word of God, their human desires still direct their courses and serve to remind them of the need to pray and accept the ultimate events – God claiming His faithful.

Lorilyn Roberts continues her Seventh Dimension Series smoothly and dynamically in The Prescience, which can be defined as the human anticipation of a course of events or divine knowledge. This is a gripping YA fantasy that is based heavily on Christian messages, but is also a coming of age story for the main characters as they find their way in two different time periods. The incorporation of a visit to a spiritual dimension with talking animals, and the preparation of the biblically predicted mansions for believers, adds to Shale and Daniel’s faith and lets you understand the words of God through the action. Well written and certainly exciting with chariot races and the fear of arrest by Roman soldiers, The Prescience does work as a stand-alone story, but as Book 5, it certainly would be helpful to read the beginning volumes by Lorilyn Roberts for a better understanding of what Shale and Daniel are really facing as they race against time across millennia to save not only their own souls, but those of the people they love.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Shale and Daniel continue on their quest between two dimensions, two timelines: the twenty-first century and the first century. In between, above and beyond, are the powers and worlds of both good and evil, the worlds protected and loved by Jesus our Savior, and the worlds threatened and facing extinction by the devils of the underworld. Escaping the unravelling world of the twenty-first century, the still unmarried couple have been given a gift, a young child whose parents were killed in the strife that was plaguing Israel, and the entire world, for that matter. Young Shira, God’s gift to the couple, bonds the love the two share for each other and share with their Savior, as the two continue to grow in their faith and learn to trust and forgive those around them. The powerful lessons they learn mold their characters and strengthen their faith. As Shale admits, after a train ride full of smelly sheep and goats, she learns a valuable lesson. “To my surprise, every person did have a story. What had I missed in my journey through life because I had been in too big a hurry, too impatient, or too selfish to care about others? It wasn’t that I didn’t love Jesus. I just didn’t know how to love his sheep and goats.” The sheep and goats were really people. And each one had a story, just waiting to be shared. All Shale had to do was listen and to care.

The Prescience is Lorilyn Roberts’ fifth book in her Young Adult fantasy, The Seventh Dimension. The title itself suggests a powerful story, one where things are known before they actually happen, as only our Savior can do. The plot takes us on a journey through time, from the present day where evil powers are threatening to destroy all of humanity and earth itself, to the past and a completely different world where people continued to struggle with their beliefs, if they even had any beliefs. The characters are both believable and realistic and the reader is instantly drawn into the story line, wanting to learn along with both Shale and Daniel. And there is so much to learn in this story, so much to absorb. As Daniel aptly points out, “no one is righteous enough to see everything. We see through a glass darkly, but someday, we’ll see Yeshua in his glory. Eternity awaits.” And, “God is just. In the end, He will make everything perfect, and that’s what gives me hope.” Looking forward to Book Six.

K.J. Simmill

Seventh Dimension - The Prescience is a religious fantasy fiction by Lorilyn Roberts. Shale and Daniel are caught amidst a bombing in Jerusalem. Using one of her unique skills, Shale is led to help a newly orphaned child beside her dead parents. The dog that brought Shale to the child said they were the ones God had called to look after the child, but at 18 they were little more than children themselves, despite their experiences. Trapped in Jerusalem, they decide it is safer to head back to the first century where they had met, at least there they had a chance of discovering what was going on, and what was expected from them. The Antichrist will soon rise to power and, for some reason, demons have an interest in the child they had rescued.

A believable setting is enhanced by snippets of realism, such as people's limitations. My favourite example being that a person who had studied a language couldn't fluently understand the native speakers, and this is just one such example of attention to real life details. Seventh Dimension - The Prescience is a very religion-oriented book, yet there are some original and interesting interpretations on ideas often used in such literature. As a reader, you are rewarded with subtle intricacies which add alternative perspectives and interesting ideas. Good versus evil in the most primal sense. Angels of good against angels of evil, each attempting to turn the tide in their favour.

The chapters are short and concise, making it easy to pick up and put down, that is if you can tear yourself away from the adventure. I read Lorilyn Roberts' book in a single sitting, finding it engaging, action-packed, and fascinating. The main protagonists, Daniel and Shale, show growth individually and as a couple as they face the challenges before them with faith and unity, trying to solve not only the mystery of the disappearance of Daniel's father, but the meaning behind everything happening, and how it is connected. A great read, and easy to lose yourself in.

Divine Zape

Seventh Dimension - The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy by Lorilyn Roberts is a compelling story that weaves together elements of different genres - myth, the supernatural, historical, and coming of age - into a fantastic yarn. Readers are introduced to compelling characters like Shale and Daniel who rescue an orphan after a bombing in Jerusalem. They are transported into the first century and are on a quest to solve the mystery of Daniel’s father's disappearance, but do they have what it takes to face the tribulations of the time? And what has God to do with all the inconceivable things happening within and around them?

Seventh Dimension - The Prescience is beautifully plotted and written with a master’s ingenuity. The first person narrative voice absorbs the reader right off the bat; it is strong, clear, and irresistible. The story begins with a bang, in the midst of a crisis — the bombing — and the characters are immediately plunged into intense action. The action doesn’t slow down a bit and the pacing only gets faster as one follows the characters on an adventure they never wanted. The reader quickly develops the feeling that something catastrophic could happen at any moment and a lot of things do happen. Readers will love to watch the young characters as they evolve through the story and as challenges shape their personalities. One notices a beautiful character development arc, an intelligently plotted story, and themes that reflect reality and faith. Seventh Dimension - The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy is yet another entertaining entry in Lorilyn Roberts’ series, an arresting story for fans of coming of age and beautifully written stories.