The Apostle: Destiny
As the sky darkens and the two moons Vera ad Dawn enter the night sky, Tarthuria embraces the world in silence. As the small village of Fairwillow seems like a sleepy little town on of the comets of Tiera Cylith landed, tore through the ground and what happens will change the world of one family, the outlook of others upon them and foretell a prophecy that instills fear. As the crater fell to the earth it left its trademark and two words: The Apostle as the willow tree was destroyed. Fairwillow has undergone many economic changes as rulers changed hands, higher taxes were levied and guards took out their frustrations even more. But, within this village lived a young girl named Famora whose visions were powerful and whose words were not heeded as she warned her own mother of imminent danger and the rest would forever plague her. Declared a witch and living within this village she cast a special curse upon Sath and Elle’s family.
Sath and Elle loved each other from the moment they set eyes on each other. They knew they were destined for marriage. But, things did not always work out and if took many years for Elle to be able to have a child but the prophecy that Famora predicted, or shall I say the curse would create a first born that would remind you of a spawn. As Elle and Sath tend to their farm, work side by side and even take care of other family members, within Elle’s heart she wants a child of her own. Thinking they are blessed as she finally conceives the birth alone would prove almost fatal. With the midwife in attendance a young boy named Raios is born but what we learned is that he is condemned to be The Apostle. Not really thinking about what this means, the pain and the complication she had, a doctor is sought and repairs are made and Elle and Sath Eden forge ahead. But, Raios would change the destiny of the village from glory days to doom as he is destined to do. Sath Eden tries hard to take this in stride, care for his three children but things finally get out of hand. As we meet Mercy, her brother and see Raios up close we realize that he is mean, outspoken, belligerent, bullying and refuses to follow rules. Standing up to both of his parents, daring his father to be authoritative he belittles his sister and brother, getting them to side against their parents and hoping to create a rift that would send his father packing.
Mean, cruel, belittling to his siblings he somehow manages to convince them both that their father is not only drinking each night with a friend, useless because he is just a farmer and might even be cheating on their mom. As we join Sath and his friends in the bar, watch them get drunk and deal with their indiscretions, we learn more about someone named Sibyl, his relationship to her and what happens when Elle finds out.
Mercy is wise and is smarter than her two brothers and stronger than her parents in many ways. Speaking out to both adults and others she finds herself dealing with officials that have no time for the wants of children, trying to get the Ambassador to consider building a library and understanding the rift between her parents. This is more than most ten year olds could handle even now. But, Mercy is relentless and wants to prove that her father is not the person everyone claims him to be. But, Sath spends time with his best friend Orick getting smashed as Orick fills his veins and body with something dangerous called the Sands.
Vera and Dawn preside over the sky and the changes that occur in the land. As the land becomes barren due to lack of rain, the crops fade away. Famora comes into the marketplace and her presence alone reminds everyone of the prophecy, the fear she creates and the vision of a lonely and lowly witch makes readers wonder just when her words will come true. Asking Griswold for honey prices needing it for her business, she is told what she wants, not fully answered and leaves but not before stating her thoughts.
As Mercy and Dield try to bond together and create some type of family harmony, their older brother becomes more rowdy, rude, and dangerous, steals sharp objects, focuses on insulting everyone and strong arms anyone that gets in his way. As Dr. Ambrose prescribes something that Raios needs in order to increase his growth and help him look like other teens his age, we begin to wonder just what this tonic really is, the purpose and if it has anything to do with the prophecy.
The author enlightens readers in Chapter 8 as to the history of the Cyliths learning that consumers dealing with them must pay them as promised and not refer to them as witches. Famora was proud of her “precarious reputation.” She took pride in bring less than positive news to few people that dare ask her questions about their future or fate. Watch her at work as she uses her telescope and looks upon a reflection that was once ageless and has changed to a shell of what she once was. But, powerful she is and casts her own spell over society.
But, Elle and Sath drift apart and she insists that he leave the house. Her time is spent sitting with Raios each night, holding his hands as he screams and yells from the nightmares that haunt his dreams. But, when a hidden truth comes out and she learns what she thinks Sath has done the family divides, Raios rebels and Mercy and Dield fend for themselves and their lives.
This is a village that where everyone lives in peace yet Famora spent spends much of her time here in Fairwillow because it is in the center of the kingdom and makes travel simpler. But, when entering the marketplace people step aside and the author allows readers to hear her voice first hand as she approaches Griswold and shares their encounter. But, there is much more shared within the pages of Chapter 14 as Mercy learns some interesting lessons, is asked to aid someone in order to help her father and a family is once again divided. With Dield uncertain of his position within his family or in life and afraid to take sides with Mercy against Raios, he is easily swayed into believing what is easiest for him to believe without getting hurt. Hit, bruised and his brother’s punching bag why would he want to be his ally? Vera Dawn the Goddess of the Sea keeps things quiet as Dreyhad Silverclaw the Divine Pirate and representative of chaos and luck bring them the “good fortune to survive and thrive. Famora did not want to deal with either one of these and her goal you will learn and whom she aligned with you can learn when you read page 179.
Friendships and loyalties are tested and a family is torn apart when a father hides the truth about his actions from his family and what happens leads him down many different paths along with someone he thinks is a friend. As Raios and his friend Tasch, steal, pilfer, harass and become more than just rowdy kids, both are punished by parents, have to pay for their crimes but one more tragic than the other. Raios is heartless and could care less for his sister and brother and thinks his mother weak. He is disloyal to his friend and when they find out where his father is living, sneak in what happens will cost one his life, take away his father’s freedom and test the will of a guard and a child’ love.
But, while the family fights for survival and the village prays for rain the King calls his nobles for a meeting about the drought and we learn more about the structure of Fairwillow. Several men in charge of different sectors and each one wanting more. A caste system in place and the Lorethian way of government prevails as we learn that Griswold came from a casteless society and learned to accept the new way of living because it was profitable. Providing a service to both classes upper and lower, silver flowing and becoming invaluable to the other Barons and Lords this man appeared to have it made. But when you hear the bickering in the court and listen to the meeting that is supposed to be for the benefit of the people you might think you are listening to our own political parties argue for control or even a the House and the Senate.
As Mercy fed information to one side and Dield false information to another what happens as result will not only endanger the lives of these two children but will change the dynamics of their family forever. A guard’s actions to protect the prophecy from coming true and a father’s hope that his son will live. As Orick and Sath spend much of their time drinking, talking about what if and what should have been we hear Orick for the first time explains to Sath quite honestly and boldly about the significance of choices and decisions. “We drive our own destiny.” “Raios is jerk because some kids are jerks. Mercy is smart because some kids are smart. And Dield is a little slow., because some kids are a little slow.” As the words sink in he realizes that choices have been made including Orick’s arm being cut and his wife leaving him as his fault. You cannot blame others for your shortcomings and you cannot place blame where it’s your own. With the guidance of Mather, the bar keep and his words they just might finally set in as Sath realizes for the first time that the decision he made and the consequences as a result affect his family and they are of his own doing.
But, what happens when the truth behind what he has planned is revealed? What happens when a betrayal might cost him more than his own life?
Will the prophecy come true? Will Famora win? When the final scenes are played you won’t believe what Mercy does. A ending quite unexpected and powerful and one ten year old girl that just wants her father in her life, a younger brother who yields to everyone and a man who wanted to stop what one person predicted. What is Sath’s fate? Lies, deceits betrays and a prophecy that one man wants to stop and one witch will make sure he does not. The fate of everyone lies in one small object. An ending that is explosive and final scenes you won’t expect as one man’s life and one young teens life both hang in the balance. Who lives and who opens his eyes? Who is the Apostle: Find out when the author release: The Apostle: Anarchy
Fran Lewis: Reviewer: Let’s give this book: FIVE SILVER KINGS