The Art of Prophecy

A Novel

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Publisher Description

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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
August 9
Random House Worlds
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Neverwhere63 ,

Great Story

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

The story revolves around a young man, Jian, who has been raised as the “chosen one” of his religion. Upon closer inspection by a great warrior, Taishi, it seems his training is lacking and she aims to correct that.

Things don’t go as planned. The story follows, Jian, Taishi, and some who either don’t believe he is the chosen one or that the world doesn’t need one. The world the story is set in is in the Orient and heavily connected to the martial arts and magic. I ,personally, found the story exciting. Had life not intruded, I would have finished this more quickly. Definitely recommend. Happy reading! Thanks

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Not much of much, will not be buying any more from this series

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