The False Prophet by Harry James Fox

four stars

falseIn a post-apocalyptic world where millions have died due to an incurable viral infection, people have resorted to scapegoating, murder, and ignorance. Civilization has lost most of its technology and returned to a more medieval way of life, traveling by horseback, fighting with swords, and living from day to day. However, when the False Prophet, Martin Abaddon, begins to condemn Christianity and the threats on Christian lives end in murder, a new hero must rise to the front and attempt to save humanity from complete destruction and corruption. Donald of Fisher, also known as Donald of Goldstone, quickly becomes that hero. He is fearless, honest, and has a pure heart. With his charisma and experience, he begins to rally more and more people to join his cause and band together to fight the False Prophet. While it has been many years since so many people have joined together for a common cause, Don’s argument for humanity is moving, genuine, and extremely time-sensitive. If Don is able to reclaim a lost love along the way, it might renew everyone’s faith in humanity.

Harry James Fox’s The False Prophet is a tale not unlike that of Tolkein, with many nuanced plot points and characters from all sorts of backgrounds. While the post-apocalyptic plot point plays only a small role, it does prompt the reader to question how much current societies depend on their technology and what people would become if these technologies were to disappear. The reader is also prompted to consider larger problems that society faces in the modern world such as racism, sexism, and prejudice. While the story is not altogether a new idea, it still preaches a good moral and is an exciting follow up to the first book in the series, The Stonegate Sword.

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