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The Art of Prophecy

By Wesley Chu
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A “superb fantasy saga” (Helene Wecker) of martial arts and magic, about what happens when a prophesied hero is not the chosen one after all—but has to work with a band of unlikely allies to save the kingdom anyway, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lives of Tao
 
“An ambitious and touching exploration of disillusionment in faith, tradition, and family—a glorious reinvention of fantasy and wuxia tropes.”—Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education

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So many stories begin the same way: With a prophecy. A chosen one. And the inevitable quest to slay a villain, save the kingdom, and fulfill a grand destiny.
 
But this is not that kind of story. 
 
It does begin with a prophecy: A child will rise to defeat the Eternal Khan, a cruel immortal god-king, and save the kingdom. 
 
And that prophecy did anoint a hero, Jian, raised since birth in luxury and splendor, and celebrated before he has won a single battle. 
 
But that’s when the story hits its first twist: The prophecy is wrong. 
 
What follows is a story more wondrous than any prophecy could foresee, and with many unexpected heroes: Taishi, an older woman who is the greatest grandmaster of magical martial arts in the kingdom but who thought her adventuring days were all behind her; Sali, a straitlaced warrior who learns the rules may no longer apply when the leader to whom she pledged her life is gone; and Qisami, a chaotic assassin who takes a little too much pleasure in the kill.
 
And Jian himself, who has to find a way to become what he no longer believes he can be—a hero after all.

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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersTwistyDarkThought-provokingAbuseBigotryViolence
“Thank you to NetGalley and publishers for the eARC of The Art of Prophecy. I loved this book so much I bought the special edition from Waterstones. This novel was so vivily described and created so well that I just fell into the storyline. The characters were so rich and believable, I really liked them and they brought the storyline and the world together. I loved the martial art side of things too, which for me was an enjoyable read as I don't usually pick that type of subject to read, but with it all wrapped up in a fantastical world it really worked. I really enjoyed this book.”
Thinking Face“Definetley entertaining but I found the pacing and unbalanced violence to be distracting and not in a good way. One moment a character can handle an atrocious beating with hardly any damage and the next everyone is an imbecile dying at the faintest change in the wind. It failed to convey any consistent and meaningful stakes that attached me emotionally to the fate of main characters. There is also a lot of central fights that occur while all the other characters, in grave danger, literally just hang out watching the battle - pour quoi??? Shouldn’t you all be running??? or helping or something??? Also, and this is not reflected in the rating cause it’s probably not the authors fault, the number of spelling mistakes is insane.”
Diverse charactersBeautiful settingMagical settingComing of age

About Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve published novels, including Time Salvager, The Rise of Io, and The Walking Dead: Typhoon. He won the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Alex Award. Chu is an accomplished martial artist and a former member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has acted in film and television, worked as a model and stuntman, and summited Kilimanjaro. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Paula, and their two boys, Hunter and River.

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