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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
The Chocolate Prophecy by E.L. Ward falls comfortably into the genre of epic fantasy. The story starts with Jek, the unimportant lighthouse keeper, and his wife Audrey who are both kidnapped by The Old Man on the very day that the Inquisition and the Inspector also come for their respective duties. They go on a harrowing journey to find the Indigo Knights who must help save the world. They have to run from the Despotopian assassins and make allies out of some of the most unlikely enemies. Visit the Wading Island and converse with Dragons. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Idriulthoronton Archipelago, Parissah and Horus Templar follow their own journeys that will lead them to join the unprepared saviours of the world.
In the tradition of Tolkien, a grand adventure begins with two characters who go on an unexpected (though forced) adventure, then the fun starts. E.L. Ward spins a tale as fantastical as The Hobbit while coloring it with the wit and wisdom of Pratchett as well as the easy humor of Douglas Adams. The plot is straightforward but has so many characters and subplots that you cannot predict anything in this hilarious adventure. From the start, you have to read and savor The Chocolate Prophecy (sometimes you may need a dictionary to really get the joke). You will want to read every word of the 600-plus pages but I guarantee that you will want to read it again. The characters are complex with hidden talents. I really liked the humor and the classic way in which it is conveyed. I hope to read more of Ward’s books in the future.