Saturday 6 May 2023

Book Review: The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu (Fantasy)

Title: The Art of Prophecy (The War Arts Saga #1)
Author: Wesley Chu
Publisher: Daphne Press
Publication Date: April 2023
Pages: 512
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Prophecies don’t make heroes: they only choose them. When Chosen One Jian falls short of his prophesied quest, he must find his own path to greatness.

The prophecy is clear: Wen Jian is the Chosen One, born to defeat the immortal Eternal Khan and save the kingdom. The only problem is that the prophecy is wrong.

Jian has been raised in splendor, trained by the best warriors, and celebrated before a single battle has been won. After all, he’s the chosen one, selected by prophecy to defeat the immortal god-king and free the kingdom for good. But when the prophecy is proven to be incorrect, Jian still has to find a way to succeed—and maybe even become a hero in his own right.

To save the kingdom, an unlikely band of heroes rise: Taishi, an old grandmaster who swore her days of battle were over; Sali, a warrior re-evaluating her allegiances; and Qisami, an assassin with questionable values. Together, the four embark on a journey more wondrous than any prophecy could foresee.


Overall, The Art of Prophecy was a delightful fantasy tale. I liked the idea of the Chosen One not getting to fulfill their purpose and then struggling to find a place in the world. Jian and Taishi were great, well-drawn characters. I was a little less taken with the narrative from Sali and Qisami; I found them less compelling characters compared to the others. But that didn't affect my enjoyment of the piece overall, and the ending left me interested in reading on in the series to see what would happen next. It gets 4 stars from me. Recommended to fans of wuxia-style fantasy tales.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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