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For a millennium the lands of Fenvarrow and Kainordas have been at war, ever since the gods of shadow and light broke the Great Well of Souls. In absence of victory a stalemate persists- until a prophecy foretells of a child of power who will destroy the balance forever.Mages from two lands race to claim the newborn. But in a ferocious battle of magic fought over the baby,For a millennium the lands of Fenvarrow and Kainordas have been at war, ever since the gods of shadow and light broke the Great Well of Souls. In absence of victory a stalemate persists- until a prophecy foretells of a child of power who will destroy the balance forever.Mages from two lands race to claim the newborn. But in a ferocious battle of magic fought over the baby, his very soul is being ripped apart,leaving two boys in its wake. Each side seizes a child,uncertain whether they now possess the one capable of victory.Bel grows to be a charismatic though troubled warrior, Losara an enigmatic and thoughtful mage. Both are strong, yet incomplete. As they struggle to discover their destinies, each must ask the ultimate question: will he, one day, have to face himself?...

Title : Prophecy's Ruin
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ISBN : 9780733624339
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 516 Pages
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Prophecy's Ruin Reviews

  • Andrea
    2019-06-24 23:53

    This book is a very good read if you stick it out to the end, which i highly recommend you do!As the book picks up steam, it just gets better and better. The enjoyment of the story increases as we learn and remember more of the back-story of both the world that is Prophecy's Ruin and the characters that reside within it. The maturing (aging) of the two main characters is the key highlight of the book due to the fact that they become exponentially more interesting the further in you read. The beginning is very fast moving and the action is plentiful, however this can be detrimental to the story as it leads to some confusion and a lot of effort is required to absorb all the new information. The overly detailed beginning can be expected (to some extent) in the first book of a trilogy because it is usually needed to create a solid base for the ones that follow. The second half of Prophecy's Ruin is extremely rewarding, and i hope that the next two in the trilogy will more more like the latter part of the first book.Overall, very much worth the read. I could not put it down and cant wait for the next one!

  • J.F.R. Coates
    2019-05-31 03:55

    This was going to be a 3* review, but then I thought the ending was so baffling and confusing, I had to take a star off.There were some good ideas in this, some cool concepts that could have gone somewhere really interesting, but it got so bogged down in unnecessary scenes and details that it all got lost along the way. Whole scenes and chapters could have been removed and made no difference to the story. Some characters made decisions that seemed wholly out of character compared to the rest of the novel, and seemed contrived just to allow the plot to advance. Time skips were also handled poorly, as it was not always apparent that one had taken place.A book with potential, but sadly not realised.

  • Mel
    2019-06-10 05:55

    I loved this book so much. I also hated it so much too. I can't believe I picked up such a good read on a whim and it turned out to be one in a trilogy. Moreover, I couldn't believe I picked it up so quickly after it being published that I have to wait to next year for the next one.I read the blurb for this book a few times before I purchased it.A prophecy spoken years ago foretells of a Child of Power who will be born. He will have blue hair and he will destroy the balance forever. The child has been born and Light and Shadow race to claim him as theirs. He lives in the place of Balance where Old Magic rules and in a fight between Light and Shadow the child's soul is torn in two resulting in two babies with blue hair. One is raised in the Light and one in the Shadow. Each knows about the other and they struggle to understand their destined path and how the two of them will meet.I loved the world building that happened in the start of the story. The book is thankfully broken into smaller pieces; the birth, the initial raising, the boy/man at his coming of age. The gaps in between are filled in with memories as the current plot arc continues. The world building is necessary although at times the difference between shadowdreams and reality can be confusing. I found the characters to be well built and the choice between Bel the Light Warrior and Losara the Shadow Mage to be difficult. I want to see them each succeed and I want to see their halves united. Gah! I can't wait for the next book. As the first novel by Bowring he's done a great job and it reads as a seasoned fantasy book rather than a first foray.

  • Josh
    2019-05-30 05:41

    It started with a brutal battle of magic and wit between mage Elessa and undead soul Fazal over the right to claim the blue haired boy who’d lead them to victory and shape their sides’ destiny. Corlas – the father could do nothing but watch as his newborn’s soul was torn in two by the Gods will through lightning strike leaving each of Kainordas (light) and Fenvarrow (dark) a powerful future leader. Whilst more bloodthirsty than not, PROPHECY'S RUIN did have a healthy dose of humor to soften the violence. The two factions at war were given equal time to tell their side of the story through their respective heroes (Bel and Losara) raising questions over who is good and who is evil. Unlike traditional fantasy, the sides weren't so easily defined. Of the more memorable moments (of which there are many) the battle in the forest of Drel stands out, I could almost smell the blood dripping off the pages and was filled with a sense of dread with each combatant felled or wounded. PROPHECY'S RUIN was a great start to what I’m sure is a highly entertaining Broken Well Trilogy with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. 4.5 stars.

  • Meg Laverick
    2019-06-09 04:29

    Magic Twins. Magic twins who are technically the same person but split into their 'light' and 'dark' sides. Magic twins with bright blue hair.Was there any possibility that I wouldn't love this book?Actually, yes. The story gets off to a slow start and you really have to battle to get your head wrapped around the world and its mythology and such. But it's totally worth it! From the time the boys are running around as children this story takes off. Not gonna lie, though, kind of wanted to punch Bel in the face. What can I say? The quiet mage always wins over the arrogant soldier in my books.

  • Laura Jackson
    2019-06-19 23:47

    I read this book in the space of about 5 days. I couldn't put it down. I'll admit, the cover did attract me to this book and the blurb just bettered my first impression of it. The idea for this story is very original and it was good to read something with a different kind of plot to it. The characters all differed from one another and you couldn't help but love them. I look forward to reading the next two books :)

  • Renae Rogers
    2019-06-14 03:32

    Really good fantasy series beginning with an interesting twist on the hero concept. The second book would be worth reading. Also, Australian author. Yay!

  • Kirstie
    2019-06-02 23:49

    Light and Dark have been forcibly separated and the two forces pursue an endless war for dominance. A prophecy announces that a boy with blue hair will end the bloodshed. When this child is finally born both the light and dark are looking for him. Two warring mages discover him and in the massive battle that follows they tear the child’s soul in half, creating two blue haired boys – but which is the prophecised hero?I loved this concept. Blue-hair touches on my anime/manga affections, twins is just a weird obsession I have, and I love stories which look deeper into prophecies. I know some people whinge about being over prophecies in fantasy, but as long as it’s a fresh take like this I love it.This book was the sort of book I would have powered through in a matter of days. Unfortunately my still undiagnosed vertigo disorder means that sometimes looking at text makes me feel like my eyes are bleeding. I thought when I started the book on one of my good days that I’d slam through the whole series this month (I have waaaaay too many series I’ve started but haven’t finished with the reading challenge I'm doing (Death Works, Black Magician,)). No such luck.The world is rich and full. There are so many places and species of both the light and dark. I really love the border between the two, and the gods themselves are pretty cool. Fans of world building should love this.The characters of the saviour’s soul split in two, Losara and Bel, are delightfully opposite sides of the same coin, though I think most people will probably like Losara more than Bel.The only thing that bugged me was a bit at the end. Not the ending itself, but something that happened near the end. SPOILER ALERT. (view spoiler)[ Near the end Losara dreams of a possible future and we the reader get to wade through the dream for about 30 pages. Not kidding. It keeps being written like it’s happening and there are many scene changes where you wonder, are we in reality yet? While what was happening was interesting, it irked me because I wasn’t sure what was dream. Considering the fact it was a ‘it was all just a dream’ moment I felt 30+ pages was overkill. (hide spoiler)] END SPOILERI’m looking forward to finding the time to finish this series when my head is a little clearer.

  • Scott
    2019-06-27 04:29

    What a thoroughly enjoyable read. A magic system that is not the whole story yet is the whole story. A new world with a lot of different characters and species, good and bad. Bel and Losara, two brothers who have somehow had their soul divided by magical means no less. Who is the Darker brother and who is the brother that will fight for the light? That is a question that I have been pondering the entire first book. Are the right brothers really fighting on the "proper" sides of good and evil. Gods are divided. Both have champions. Both have been set upon their paths. Can two brothers divided by magic come together and prevail one over the other. How does seeing a possible future and making changes to it affect the present and the future.? Who knows. But it is on book 2 in this series.Very well written and not too much back story and world building to bog the story IMO. Enough to keep you interested and let you know where you are and why.The ending, interesting and fast paced. And the best part is finding out that sometimes you come full circle and vengeance or retribution can come in many forms. This is just supposition on my part. Hopefully you do not take this as a spoiler. It is simply my feeling after finishing the story.I am looking forward to book 2 in the series. The author has done a very nice job writing this story and I cannot wait until the next novel. A new way of looking at a sci-fi fantasy story and not the same old same old one can read time and again.

  • Edin
    2019-06-20 03:53

    I think it's a fantastic read. It took a while to get my head around where the author was going in the first few chapters, as characters kept dying and I found difficult to forsee how they will fit into the plot later. I've noticed a few people mention similar issues in their reviews, but I can only recommend people persist, as the story definitely develops to draw you in further as the main characters develop. The characters themselves are far from ordinary, they do things you don't expect them to do. The author constantly challanges general perceptions of good and evil and that is so refreshing. The story is very original and deserves to be read, if I had millions I think I'd make it into a movie.Can hardly wait to get Destiny's Rift.... I've definitely become a fan of Bowring :)

  • Paige Belfield
    2019-06-13 02:54

    This is a beautifully wrought book, with a plot woven impeccably neatly in a way it is both interesting and every part is vital in some way, without being rushed. There is an excellent range of characters, with a charmingly unreliable narration to tie them together.It really brought to mind the idea of Nature Vs Nurture, and I found it intriguing that the Hero of Shadows was the one I found to be more genuinely caring and thoughtful, whereas the Hero of Light was brash and less aware of the impacts of his actions. Unfortunately Bel was just so unlikeable for me, and I couldn't accept his actions, and that detracted from the tale. Despite that, I was very pleased with this novel, and will read the next two eagerly.

  • Olivia Allen
    2019-05-31 06:32

    The writing of the book was excellent and the plot was very unique and interesting however I felt that the plot was carried out in such a way that the book felt dragged out and long. Now looking back on my reading experience I cannot remember much of the book other than the important bits and fighting/action scenes. The rest just seemed to be a bit of a waste of time. This book is the first in a trilogy (I have NOT read any more of the series) but I felt as though a lot more could have been added into the story. I have heard people say that it gets better and better as it goes on, and maybe in the future I will but I am not planning on reading the rest of the trilogy any time soon just because really I am no longer interested. ~Olivia

  • Mary
    2019-06-09 22:31

    I got up to page 100 and gave up. The blurb was enticing, and the cover supported my interest, however I struggled to stay attentive as the book progressed. Each time I picked it up, I found myself in a remote world, however this only came about after reading quite a few pages, and left after a paragraph or so. I found it impossible to remember what had happened in the previous chapter every time I went to read it again, making the story-line...difficult to understand. I also found myself being put off of reading this book, opting to sit and be bored rather than read it. In the long run, It was Ok, but I would not recommend reading it to many people.

  • Ros
    2019-06-04 06:47

    I was given this book by my sister and had it around for a few weeks before I actually started it. After that I just couldn't put it down, I really enjoyed it and thought it was very creative and original plot. I loved the division of the character and think it will lead to very interesting aspects in the second and third books. It has very exciting characters and is just a relaxing book that takes your imagination to very distant places.The only problem now is the wait for the next 2 books. great read for those who love fantasy.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-27 03:31

    FantasticThis was a different type of book than I normally read but sometimes I like to step outside my box and discover new authors and new exciting things. This book is a very well written magical fantasy that you have to really stay alert and on top of. Definitely not a skim the page read. You have to pay attention to know what you are reading. Great storyline and characters.

  • Shan
    2019-06-26 04:28

    Wonderful book.Characterisation is fantastic, couldn't help but empathise with the two protagonists.I especially liked the character of Isiaah, Bowring's constructed a trully malicious personality. I couldn't help but read his storyline with interest.I enjoyed this book immensely and encourage anyone to read it.Be warned! You will be sucked in to it!

  • Peter
    2019-06-24 03:29

    Interesting premise. The story and plot is steadily laid out. As it's in the fantasy realm, it does have cliches, although not necessarily predictable (see here:, it is nonetheless enjoyable.Also contains plot twists at certain moments.

  • Tamie-lee
    2019-06-17 22:26

    Excellent book, took me 3 nights to read it because I just couldn't put it down :) Loved the detail that was put into the main characters, their lives, feelings and personalities were very rich and detailed but also very believable.

  • Roz-boz
    2019-06-25 03:34

    I was gifted this book as a Christmas present and otherwise may have never looked twice at it although I really enjoyed it. I will now be seeking out the second of the series as soon as it is out as it has a gripping ending that you just want to know more. Worth the read!!!

  • Sasha
    2019-06-22 04:39

    I learnt about Sam Bowring's other series, Strange Threads, when I picked up book 1 at an op shop and devoured it in one day. Book 1 in the Broken Well series is just an good. Excuse me while I go buy book 2.

  • Rescribo
    2019-06-21 00:49

    A 2.5 star book. It kept me entertained on the train, but not overly interested in the characters. Some flashback sequences dragged on a bit and could have used a harsher edit to keep the story on track.

  • Shelley
    2019-06-12 06:47

    2010....can't wait for the next one, interesting concept, could not put it down.

  • Simone
    2019-06-08 06:39

    3,5 starsOriginal ideas, but slow storytelling

  • Sian
    2019-06-15 22:29

    A breathe of fresh air, I only wish I had the rest of these fantastic books. Never fear though; soon, very soon I'll have them all for my own, AND. I . CANNOT. WAIT.

  • Beth
    2019-06-23 22:49

    Couldn't go past page 100

  • Catherine O'neill
    2019-06-18 00:28

    Very slow to start, gathers pace towards the end.Won't be reading the remaining books - did not hold my interest well enough and I feel that the story could have been wrapped in 1

  • Jessi
    2019-06-02 22:42

    This book was free for kindle and I'm glad I read to the end. It is typical fantasy, introduction of a new world and its history so it can be confusing at first but it is good and well worth it.

  • Skye
    2019-06-10 06:32

    Definately a must have for fantasy readers! Loved the story, never got bored and couldn't put it down until I'd completed the series.