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What if everything you thought you knew about yourself and the world turned out to be wrong?
For Davi Rhii, Prince of the Boralian people, that nightmare has become a reality. Freshly graduated from the prestigious Borali Military Academy, now he’s discovered he was secretly adopted and born a worker. Ancient enemies of the Boralians, enslaved now for generations, the workers of Vertullis live lives harder than Davi had ever imagined. To make matters worse, Davi’s discovered that the High Lord Councillor of the Alliance, his uncle Xalivar, is responsible for years of abuse and suppression against the workers Davi now knows as his own people.
His quest to rediscover himself brings him into conflict with Xalivar and his friends and family, calling into question his cultural values and assumptions, and putting in jeopardy all he’s worked for his whole life. Davi’s never felt more confused and alone. Will he stand and watch the workers face continued mistreatment or turn his back on his loved ones and fight for what’s right? Whatever he decides is sure to change his life forever.
The Worker Prince is the first Christian Science Fiction novel that I have read in a long time. I am not much of a fan of Christian novels, but I enjoyed this allegory of the Moses story.
Bryan did a beautiful job in creating his world. Some authors feel they need to do an “information” dump in order for the readers to understand the history of the world the author has created. Bryan did not do that. He masterfully weaved that back story in to his novel.
The characters were well created. The reader can easily connect with them and root for them through the story. My favorite character was Tela. She was funny and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Davii’s journey was amazing to read. He went from being a well grounded royal to a rebel leader. The reader can see him deal with the hard choices and their consequences.
Bryan has also done a good job of adding elements of the Moses story, but still making the story his own. There are twists and turns in the story that the reader won’t expect.
However there are a couple minor issues with the story. There is a bit of point of view hopping that happens and it leaves the reader confused as to who is talking. The writing, I felt, was a little weak at the beginning but developed through the story. You can see the author finding his voice. This is to be expected in a debut novel.
The issues with the writing, did not diminish my enjoyment of the story or the characters. Bryan gives his reader an engrossing world and characters.
This book contains strong Christian themes. Personally I don’t think they were necessary to the story. If you are non-Christian and can ignore the Christian themes, you would enjoy this book.
I give The Worker Prince a 4 Horseshoe rating!
|Author||Bryan Thomas Schmidt|
|Title||The Worker Prince|
|Publication Date||October 2011|
|Publisher||Diminished Media Group|