*** My First Novel ***
This is what I consider to be a “learning novel” of mine.
Most authors write a couple of novels before they actually publish them. They’re often referred to as “trunk novels” because they keep them buried in a trunk and never let anyone see them. Usually, because they stink. I refer to my trunk novels as learning novels, because it’s where I cut my teeth on writing.
Unlike most people who write their first novels for purely the experience and just hide them, I wanted to share what I’d done. I make no warranties on how much you’ll enjoy it, no author can, but I did work hard on them, had them professionally edited and they obviously have all the normal accouterments of a professionally-done novel.
They’re just not as good as what I’m capable of doing nowadays. One learns after having written a half million words or so, and scrutinizing each an every sentence, paragraph and chapter.
I hope you enjoy it, but don’t judge my writing by these – I’ll be putting better stuff out there soon.
The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land.
The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself – the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world.
The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde.
Only one thing stands in their way.
The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.
Also, I just learned that different countries don’t necessarily see my author page on Amazon where I captured the Heirs of Prophecy book trailer.
Here is the link to it: Video Trailer for the novel Heirs of Prophecy
Below are some notable reviews or comments from folks in the industry or some readers.
- “Rothman’s language and description are precise and well-tuned to an adolescent readership…a fair, heroic fantasy for the school-age demographic.”
– Kirkus Book Reviews
- “There is a sweetness and light to this novel that often seems missing in modern fantasy. I think that a wise reader will recognize that this is something the world needs, and has been waiting for.”
– David Farland, New York Times Bestselling Fantasy Author
- “Heirs of Prophecy is worth considering for young adult fantasy collections, recommended.”
– Midwest Book Review
Below are excepts from the reviews I’ve seen appear so far on a blog tour. I also included direct links for people to look at the unabridged reviews.
- This book was so well written. As someone that reads a lot, and appreciates fantasy books entirely, the author has done an amazing job at creating a world that simply stands out amongst others. The author also has developed a great line of characters for the readers to connect with. My daughter is starting to enjoy fantasy books too so I gave this to her to read and she loved it – she actually asked me to sit down and read it with her a second time and we are in the midst of doing this now!
– Dad of Divas Review
- Michael Rothman is careful to explore the points of view of the two brothers as they learn about their new powers and explore the strange world of Trimoria. Reading Heirs of Prophecy, I was acutely aware of the wholesomeness of the story and the language. This didn’t detract from the power of the story or likability of the characters. I would recommend Heirs of Prophecy to younger readers that are developing a taste for fantasy novels and stories of quests and knights.
– Starting Fresh NYC
- Overall Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman was an adventure into an uncharted magical land that older middle grade and young teen readers will absolutely love. Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is the perfect read for young readers who enjoyed reading other series by authors like Christopher Paolini and Brandon Mull.
– There’s a Book
- The author manages to take ideas that have been explored before and put his own spin on them. The idea of the prophecy, the history of the world, etc are all well-thought out. The different races come together in believable ways that work for the story.
– The Written World
- Michael A. Rothman is a fantastic author! He drew me into the story instantly and got me hooked on the plot line until the last page. When I reached that final page, I was hesitant to put the book down…I want more! I am amazed at the talent this author has and the way he writes a story that is meant for middle grade youth readers but can make it so appealing that the parents can enjoy it just as much!
– Reviews By Molly
- I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!! A great read with an even better cast of characters!! If you have a young adult or middle schooler who loves action adventure stories, then I know you will absolutely LOVE this one!
– Reviews from the Heart
- I LOOOOOVED this book! It was a totally fresh take on the fantasy genre, but there were elements that reminded me of some of my favorite books–Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings seemed to be influences on this author.
Heirs of Prophecy was simply magical, and I couldn’t read it fast enough. I would recommend this book to fantasy fans of any age.
– Sweet Southern Home
- The book has an interesting plot – the family that accidentally ends up in a strange world, complete with magic powers. I love the device of following strange paths to new worlds, like the Chronicles of Narnia or Beyonders, and this is along those same lines. The fantasy world is complex and interesting, if not unique, and has plenty of cool creatures and odd characters – and, of course, an evil wizard.
One Librarian’s Book Review
- Let me say, before anything else, that Michael A. Rothman can most definitely tell a story! The Riverton family is one of the sweetest groups of people that I’ve ever met. Aaron, Ryan and their parents face a lot in this book, but they deal with it as a family. If you’re looking for a wholesome read that will still draw in your young reader, this is it!
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
- Overall, a very well written story, where the plot not only moves along at a fast pace, but provides enough action to keep it interesting made this book a very quick read. A good clean read, geared toward tweens, and teens but with enough appeal that anyone who enjoys fantasy will certainly enjoy it as well. A wonderful first book in what promises to be an exciting new series. Highly recommended!
- It had everything kids today are looking for–fantasy, adventure, with just the tiniest smidgin of a thought of romance. Adults reading this book may hear echoes of an old Saturday morning TV show–Land of the Lost— only there are no dinosaurs in this tale. There are, however, evil wizards, elves, ogres–keep your eye out on one particularly interesting ogre.
My World of Dreams
- One thing I especially liked about this book was that the family experienced it together. Most youth fantasy books have just the main character and his/her friends experience the ‘new world.’ It’s refreshing to see the changes through the eyes of the parents as well as the children. I also appreciated that the ‘bad guy’ isn’t purely black, he has some depth to him. I also liked the change that the Riverton’s cat, Silver, undergoes (I’ll just say that the boys can’t pick him up now).
- A middle-grade fresh and simple fantasy read! There is nothing special about this book, but that’s what makes it feel good. Its simple and light, just ready to be enjoyed by children.
Books are Magic
- The writing is more than adequate and while the plot (strangers come to fulfill prophecy) is not particularly new, I still enjoyed the book and definitely plan to read the sequel, Tools of Prophecy (currently available on Kindle, will be out in paperback/hardback on August 1).
- I’d recommend this book to kids of nearly any age who love fantasy. This would make a good “read aloud” book for the younger ones, and the older kids will love to read this one on their own (and then share it with their parents). It truly is a book for all ages. 5/5 Flowers.
It’s Raining Books
- I highly recommend this book for both kids of any age (there aren’t any truly terrifying parts that would scare younger children) and for adults who have a love of fun, innocent fantasy. It certainly appealed to all of those in my household. I’m betting it would do the same in yours.
Long and Short Reviews
- I enjoyed this book. The world building is marvelous and easy to follow. I also like the fact that the characters are one family experiencing the magic and adventure together. I already have a (print!) copy of the next book, Tools of Prophecy, and I’m excited to read it. I’m thinking of passing on these books to my young niece and nephew. 🙂
White Sky Project
- A fun read for the whole family, Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman will open up the imagination of young and old(er) alike! Think Journey to the Centre of the Universe meets World of Warcraft (kinda sorta). Oh ya, I said that.
Chapter by Chapter
- Great action, nice plot and love that it shows families can work together!
- Fans of fantasy will enjoy this new series from Michael
Rothman. Packed with adventure, plenty of fantasy elements, and an age
appropriate romance, readers of all ages will enjoy this new magical journey
into a land unlike any other.
- I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels and longs to return to their innocence, once again. It’s just an epic filled adventure that ends on one crazy cliffhanger that is sure to have readers hanging onto the edge of their seats, waiting for the next book in the series. It’s incredibly easy to devour and so much fun to read.
- This series is great for middle grade, young adult and adult as all age groups will find something to enjoy within the pages of this book. I highly suggest it to families who read together as it is quite and exciting read and gets your imagination going.
- This book reminded me of The Pendragon Adventures Series, Gregor the Overlander, and the Mother-Earth Series. I just adore MG adventure, fantasy books! Seriously, one of myfavourite genres. This book had it all, magic, powers, dwarves, elves, and many more! Oh, I recently watched Lord of the Rings movies and I really felt this had aspects of LotR…
Heirs of Prophecy was action-packed, and fast-paced. There was friendship, adventure, and love. I definitely recommend this book to fans of MG fantasy!
Fire Star Books
- Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is an imaginative beginning to what I suspect will be a great series… As the action in the book builds, and the story starts to end it left me wanting more. I was so wrapped up in the story of Heirs of Prophecy that when it ended, I immediately started Tools of Prophecy, because I was not ready to leave Trimoria behind just yet.
Unabridged Book Shelf
- The author created a magical new world with creatures that I could easily picture and a storyline that I thought about when I wasn’t reading. Whenever magic is involved- anything can happen! I loved learning about the characters’ special powers and watching them discover how to control these new gifts. It was great to see the way the Rivertons changed both together and independently in their new home. I liked the way they adjusted to living in a time period that seemed so old fashioned, but in a way they seemed less stressed and happier. I think that this book would be great for kids in grades 4-8. Anyone that likes a fantasy story will fall into the pages of this wonderful book and go on an adventure that will stay with them after they turn the last page.
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