Title- The Prophecy
Series- Daughters of the People # 1
By- Lucy Varna
Genre- Fantasy/ Romance /Romantic Suspense
Maya Bellegarde has spent her entire life searching for a way to break the curse hanging over her and her People. As part of her quest, she volunteers to investigate an anomalous burial at a Swedish archaeological dig where a rare cache of documents has been discovered side by side with an ancient symbol linked to the Seven Sisters, the progenitors of the People.
While in Sweden, Maya meets James Terhune, an attractive archaic language expert, and invites him to take on a position at the Institute for Early Cultural Studies, the People’s main historical research branch. James is thrilled by the opportunity Maya extends and intrigued by the attraction he feels for her. He soon begins to suspect, however, that the secrets of the grave are minor compared to the secrets Maya holds, secrets that could hamper their burgeoning relationship and cripple the work they’ve undertaken for the IECS.
The People aren’t the only ones interested in the newly-discovered documents. An ancient enemy of the People resurfaces, threatening the lives of Maya and James’ loved ones, and setting in motion a chain of events that could save the People, or destroy them.
Excerpt From The Prophecy–
After packing the impressions away and saying goodbye, Maya and James left the director’s office. When they were outside under the hot Southern sun, he said, “I can do a better job if you share whatever it is you’re holding back.”
“I’m not holding anything back.”
He snagged Maya’s elbow and pulled her onto the grass, earning a startled look from a passing student. “Except whatever documents the IECS has that might be related to the seven figures seal.”
Maya shook his hold off. “It’s not important, not yet, anyway.”
He scrubbed his hands over his hair and glared at her. “How do I know that if you won’t show it to me, whatever it is?”
“Because I’m telling you it’s not important right now.”
“So you want me to trust you, is that it?”
“Yes, I do.”
He glanced away. “But you don’t trust me.”
Maya edged closer and laid a gentle hand on his arm. “Where these artifacts are concerned, yes, of course I do.”
“But not enough to share important information with me.”
Maya exhaled a heavy sigh. “It’s not really my decision.”
“Director Upton didn’t seem to think so.”
“Ok, it’s partly my decision, but you have to understand that there’s a lot at stake here. I’m not the only one…” Her voice trailed off. “There are things here you don’t understand.”
“Because you won’t tell me,” he gritted out.
Maya leaned her head back, closing her eyes against the sun’s brightness. “People could be hurt.”
“It’s just a cylinder seal, Maya.”
“No, it’s not.” Something close to sadness flitted across her normally tranquil features. “It’s potentially something much greater.”
“Then let me help. Tell me what’s going on.”
“I can’t, not yet.” She squeezed his arm lightly and warmth spread through him, rippling away from her simple touch. “Have a little patience and trust me, ok?”
She seemed so anxious and a little tired, as if a heavy weight had settled on her and she was the only person available to carry the load.
He clenched his hands into fists, relaxed them. “You have to show it to me eventually.”
“Soon, I promise.”
He walked her back to her office and left her there with a reminder that he’d pick her up that evening at six thirty sharp. As he returned to his own office, the conversation whirled through his head. How deep did Maya’s secrets run? And what was so sacred she couldn’t share it with him?
Buy it on:
Strong female lead? Check. Steadily paced, intriguing plot? Check. If you’re looking for a new adventure, start reading Daughters of the People today! Of course it doesn’t hurt that there’s nerdiness and romance involved in the story too. I had a few instances of feeling less interested in the development of things, but I’m not entirely sure it wasn’t my own inability to focus, rather than the writing itself. For fans of thrillers and fantasy alike, The Prophecy will have you clicking the pages, and diving right in to the next book. I’ll have to continue this series to find out what’s in store, and I hope you’ll join me!
About the Author-
Lucy Varna lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Georgia, surrounded by her large, extended family. She’s a voracious reader and enjoys nothing more than losing herself between the pages of a good book. Her writing draws extensively on her background in genealogy, history, and archaeology, as well as on her eternal love of Science Fiction, Fantasy, the paranormal, and suspense.