The best books with prophecy

12 authors have picked their favorite books about prophecy and why they recommend each book.

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Book cover of The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)

The entire Wings of Fire series has stories full of mystery and adventure. And the best part is that the main characters are dragons. This is an animal-based fantasy where the dragons have to end a war. Dragons are definitely one of my favorites! I highly recommend this series to my peers (around my age, 10+). 

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)

By Tui T. Sutherland,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The beginning of a thrilling new dragon saga-- now in paperback!

Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that's been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia -- but how they'll do this, none of them knows.But not every dragonet wants a destiny. When one of their own is threatened, Clay and his friends decide to escape. Maybe they can break free and end the war at the same time -- or maybe they'll risk everything…


Who am I?

Anushka is an avid reader and reads thousands of books every year. She loves fantasy stories. She has been inspired by many of these stories before she planned to write one of her own. As a young reader and writer, she also understands what her peers will enjoy.


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My Magic Mirror

By Anushka Bhattacharjee,

Book cover of My Magic Mirror

What is my book about?

When Ara moves to a new country, she does not know what could make things worse, when suddenly she does. Or not? Maybe her life will get interesting now! She and her brother Felice are slurped up by their basement mirror. They soon find out where they are. They’re in the story of The Three Little Pigs! How did they get here? Why are they here? How do they get home? Find out in the book: My Magic Mirror.

The 8-year-old author, with unleashed imagination, portrays how child authors can have a completely different take on a plot.

The Black Company

By Glen Cook,

Book cover of The Black Company

Upon discovering Cook’s worlds, the dreamer in me fell in love with the idea that the antagonists do not always need to be good people. The Black Company are a band of mercenaries working for the worst villains yet theirs is a gripping tale with surprises aplenty. Knowing where Croaker ends up makes one want to go back and start over, just because.

This novel sparked for me a way of writing villainous heroes such as those in my Ghosts series. Unique and interesting.

The Black Company

By Glen Cook,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Black Company as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.

Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her...

So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age―Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company.


Who am I?

As a decades-long collector of fossils & student of undiscovered and/or extinct creatures, I’ve gained traction in both fields on a professional level, which is what my spark ignited into. My choice for the final position could’ve been a tie between The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny, Farseer by Robert J. Sawyer, but since I could only choose 5 which sparked the dreamer.


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Murder Red Ink

By Mord McGhee,

Book cover of Murder Red Ink

What is my book about?

In Murder Red Ink, Mord McGhee imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of horror, human nature, and captures the brutal reality of the monster behind the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 in a science fiction whirlwind of the darkest sort. 

Pawn of Prophecy

By David Eddings,

Book cover of Pawn of Prophecy

I first read this book (and the rest in the series) when I was in middle school and have read them all many times since. I get more out of them with each read. The first book builds up the characters and the history of a world that fires your imagination. The reader learns more as the main character does and you feel you are growing up with him. This is the book that first got me interested in Fantasy and I have become addicted to the genre. 

Pawn of Prophecy

By David Eddings,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Pawn of Prophecy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The first part of a saga set against a history of 7000 years of struggles of gods and kings and men. Long ago, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and gods to war. Belgarath the Sorcerer led a quest to reclaim the Orb of Aldur - but so long as it lay at Riva, men would be safe.


Who am I?

I have been a huge fan of fantasy since I was a child, starting off with high fantasy before trying out urban. The genre helps me escape from the real world for a while and fires my imagination. I write fantasy books because there is no limit on what you can do with characters and storyline. I write for pleasure and I hope others get enjoyment out of my work. I read a lot, not to get ideas, but just for the pure pleasure of reading. There is just something about the feeling of turning the pages of a printed book you can’t get anywhere else.


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The Guide

By Trudie Collins,

Book cover of The Guide

What is my book about?

The king is dead, leaving no clear successor. Prince Tor and his brothers must take part in a quest full of cryptic clues, the winner of which will earn the right to claim the throne. Already Tor has lost companions and witnessed the death of one of his brothers. 

In a world full of witches, wizards, mythical creatures, and monsters, Tor and his team must use all of their wits, skills, and magical ability to solve the remaining puzzles before any more of them die. When the latest clue requires them to seek "a guide from another world," finding the person is the easy part; persuading them to risk their life for a group of strangers is a much greater challenge.

Darkstalker

By Tui T. Sutherland,

Book cover of Darkstalker

Although this book is aimed at a younger audience, it's one of the most compelling villain origin stories I've ever read. It's a spinoff novel based on lore from the bestselling Wings of Fire series, but can be read as a standalone. It shows the early life of the titular dragon, Darkstalker, who becomes a deadly antagonist in the main novel series.

This was shockingly dark and graphic for a middle grade novel, but I loved that about it, too. Add in the fact that every character in this book is a dragon, and you have a recipe for success. Though the narrative voice reads a little young (hey, it is meant for young readers), Darkstalker's journey toward evil is realistic, poignant, and, at times, heartbreaking.

Darkstalker

By Tui T. Sutherland,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Darkstalker as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus-capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price. In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold-and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction. And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.


Who am I?

Dragons are my passion, I've lovingly been referred to as The World's Foremost Dragon Authority, and I've made it my mission to consume as much dragon media as I can. As someone who also loves science, I'm especially drawn to media that addresses draconic physiology, evolution, and culture. I can name every taxonomic family, genus, and species in the order Draconidae, and there's nothing I love more than sharing my dragon knowledge and stories with others!


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Dragon Speaker

By Elana A. Mugdan,

Book cover of Dragon Speaker

What is my book about?

Though Keriya Nameless has no magical powers, which is considered a disability in her world, she's recruited to save the last living dragon. Keriya leaps at the chance to prove her worth, though failure could mean the destruction of everything she holds dear.

Dragon Speaker offers a fresh take on the classic dragon/rider trope. Where many stories treat their dragons as accessories or plot devices, The Shadow War Saga dragons are central characters with agency. They're intelligent, autonomous beings (as opposed to the cliché one-dimensional villains or simple-minded work beasts we often see). If you're a fantasy aficionado, this series offers you a vibrant world filled with magic, adventure, and – most important – dragons!

This Woven Kingdom

By Tahereh Mafi,

Book cover of This Woven Kingdom

Mafi weaves her story with such poetry and lyricism that it’s impossible not to pause for a moment and take stock of how expertly a character or setting is introduced every couple of chapters. The romance here is a slow, aching burn, but the pay-off is certainly worth it. Inspired by lush Persian mythology, the chance meeting between Alizeh, a magical Jinn masquerading as a lower servant, and Prince Kamran, the king’s grandson, makes for a compelling forbidden romance that anchors the wider plot of political intrigue and betrayal, which is in some ways reminiscent of Game of Thrones.

This Woven Kingdom

By Tahereh Mafi,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked This Woven Kingdom as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

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Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people-New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi's first novel in this epic, romantic fantasy series inspired by Persian mythology.

To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.

The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant…


Who are we?

As co-authors of cross-over romantic fantasy, best friends, and soon-to-be sisters-in-law, Katie and I share a great love of all things fantasy romance. Our favourite novel, The Princess Bride, was a huge inspiration for our own book, Twin Crowns, which aims to capture the swoony romance, laugh-out-loud humour and rollicking adventure found in so many of the novels that we love. 


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Twin Crowns

By Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber,

Book cover of Twin Crowns

What is our book about?

Bestselling authors Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber join forces on an utterly compelling YA romantic fantasy bursting with high-stakes adventure.

Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister's place in the palace. Trained from birth to avenge her parents' murder and usurp the princess, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility including marriage into a brutal kingdom. Life outside the palace walls is a place to be feared and she is soon to discover that it's wilder than she ever imagined. Twin sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other's lives a whole lot better. 

The Curse Breakers

By Denise Grover Swank,

Book cover of The Curse Breakers

I’ve picked this book purely because I loved the way it brings in Native American culture into the forefront, and I also loved how it marries the modern world with the supernatural seamlessly as well as its gripping story. Reading it taught me a lot about Algonquian culture and the characters in its mythology, as well as how uncommon sources of inspiration can still provide a gripping storyline.

The Curse Breakers

By Denise Grover Swank,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Curse Breakers as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

For more than four hundred years, the Curse Keepers guarded the barrier between the human and spirit realms. All that changed the day Ellie Lancaster met Collin Dailey. Prophecy demanded they defend the world from evil...even as it ignited a passion that threatened to consume them both.
Now Ellie faces a frightening new life, abandoned by the man she loves and tormented by malevolent spirits unleashing their vengeance upon the earth. Her only shot at protecting humanity-and herself-from the demon scourge is to claim the mark of the god Ahone as her own. Finding it means trusting Dr. David Preston,…


Who am I?

Ever since I was a child the world has fascinated me. I’ve grown up with a deep love of reading and passion for the natural world, so much so that this often inspires both my writing and my artwork. As an artist and writer I seek to showcase the wonder and magic in the world. I have been able to draw upon ancient legends for inspiration into how people’s minds worked in the deep past and use it to enrich my writing further to cement the stories into our world and become more tangible. As a part-time adventurer, it’s only natural that my novels should be that.


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A Retreating Tide (The Mirror of Shadows)

By R.A. Whitworth,

Book cover of A Retreating Tide (The Mirror of Shadows)

What is my book about?

A thrilling adventure into the world beyond the ancient stones. Following Alicia, a woman who has no memory of her past and Nathan who’s desperate to escape the abuse he suffered in his, are thrust into an epic adventure through the wilds of the Eárie. In this world where hill tribes roam the mountains, and sprites live in underground caverns they will need to learn what it takes to survive the wilderness as well as the parasitic threat known as the Shadows. 

Doomsayers

By Susan Juster,

Book cover of Doomsayers: Anglo-American Prophecy in the Age of Revolution

We often think of the Age of Revolutions as linked to the Enlightenment, with its emphasis on reason and science. But as Juster demonstrates in this fascinating book, it was also an age of prophecy. If they were sometimes dismissed as crazy, hundreds of male and female prophets found significant followers during the 1790s and early 1800s—followers who saw in those prophetic visions inspired ways to live in and face the challenges of a growing democratic society. Even those of us who knew about some of the ecstatic religious practices of the Second Great Awakening found ourselves marveling at Juster’s recapturing of a world of visionaries during an Age of Reason. Ultimately, she inspires us to connect the emerging democratization of the early nineteenth century to the profusion of charismatic and sometimes unsettling religious leaders. A wonderful piece of scholarship that is also a dream to read.

Doomsayers

By Susan Juster,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Doomsayers as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The age of revolution, in which kings were dethroned, radical ideals of human equality embraced, and new constitutions written, was also the age of prophecy. Neither an archaic remnant nor a novel practice, prophecy in the eighteenth century was rooted both in the primitive worldview of the Old Testament and in the vibrant intellectual environment of the philosophers and their political allies, the republicans. In Doomsayers: Anglo-American Prophecy in the Age of Revolution, Susan Juster examines the culture of prophecy in Great Britain and the United States from 1765 to 1815 side by side with the intellectual and political transformations…


Who am I?

I’d love to see more readers explore the surprising world of the early American republic beyond stories about presidents and the Founders—in part because that history can be so illuminating about our own world. Originally from California, I’m now a professor in the History Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the author of the prizewinning A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution. I’m now starting work on a new project on the yellow fever epidemics that struck New York City during the 1790s, a piece of which appeared in Smithsonian Magazine in March 2021 and the Intervals podcast produced by the Organization of American Historians.


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The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States' First Forgotten Celebrity

By Carolyn Eastman,

Book cover of The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States' First Forgotten Celebrity

What is my book about?

When James Ogilvie arrived in America in 1793, he was a deeply ambitious but impoverished teacher. By the time he returned to Britain in 1817, he had become a bona fide celebrity known simply as Mr. O, counting the nation’s leading politicians and intellectuals among his admirers. And then, like so many meteoric American luminaries afterward, he fell from grace.

The Strange Genius of Mr. O is at once the biography of a remarkable performer—a gaunt Scottish orator who appeared in a toga—and a story of the United States during the founding era. Ogilvie's career featured many of the hallmarks of celebrity we recognize from later eras: glamorous friends, eccentric clothing, scandalous religious views, narcissism, and even an alarming drug habit. Yet he captivated audiences with his eloquence and inaugurated a golden age of American oratory. Examining his roller-coaster career and the Americans who admired (or hated) him, this fascinating book renders a vivid portrait of the United States in the midst of invention.

Visions of Deliverance

By Mayte Green-Mercado,

Book cover of Visions of Deliverance: Moriscos and the Politics of Prophecy in the Early Modern Mediterranean

This is a really splendid book and an original approach to the history of the Morisco community of Spain as they struggled for survival and sought to gain either recognition as Spaniards or rehabilitation as Muslim. Mercado uses a range of sources in Latin, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, and Aljamiado, to examine the internal religious life of these forcibly converted Muslims. Her entrée into this world—through the prophecies and predictions, made by Moriscos themselves or as gleaned through the reading of “new” inquisitorial records and through the reaction of the Catholic and royal establishment.

Illuminating a dark corner of sixteenth-century European and Islamic history, Green-Mercado presents both the Old Christians and Moriscos with admirable nuance, while at the same time avoiding both a moralizing or nostalgic approach to the subject. 

Visions of Deliverance

By Mayte Green-Mercado,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Visions of Deliverance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In Visions of Deliverance, Mayte Green-Mercado traces the circulation of Muslim and crypto-Muslim apocalyptic texts known as joferes through formal and informal networks of merchants, Sufis, and other channels of diffusion among Muslims and Christians across the Mediterranean from Constantinople and Venice to Morisco towns in eastern Spain. The movement of these prophecies from the eastern to the western edges of the Mediterranean illuminates strategies of Morisco cultural and political resistance, reconstructing both productive and oppositional interactions and exchanges between Muslims and Christians in the early modern Mediterranean.

Challenging a historiography that has primarily understood Morisco apocalyptic thought as the…


Who am I?

Having lived in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, and visited many, many more countries, I am a traveler first and foremost. I travel because I like getting to know different types of people and seeing how they live and how they think about the world and about their place in it. As a historian, I can travel back in time to places even more exotic than one can visit today. My favorite place is the Mediterranean world in the Middle Ages – an exciting environment where Christians, Muslims, and Jews from Africa, Europe, and Asia, came together sometimes in conflict, but as often as not in collaboration or friendship.


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Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad

By Brian Catlos,

Book cover of Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad

What is my book about?

The Mediterranean world of 1050–1200 is usually seen as an age of intractable conflict between Christians, Muslims, and Jews – of holy war, Crusades, and religious violence. Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors takes from Christian and Muslim Spain, through North Africa and Italy and on to Egypt, the Holy Land, and Byzantium, surveying the politics and society of this period from the ground up and showing that despite warfare and rhetoric of religious violence members of the three religious communities were deeply embroiled in each other’s affairs.

We find Jews and Christians wielding power in Muslim kingdoms and Muslims and Jews in positions of power in Crusader Europe, and Crusaders and Muslims launching alliances to battle their own co-religionists. Religion may have been the language of conflict but it was pragmatism and personal ambition that drove politics.

Endless Knight

By Kresley Cole,

Book cover of Endless Knight

Action, romance, the apocalypse, all rolled into a tale of reincarnation with a Hunger Games twist. Intrigued? You should be. After The Flash (an event that rids the planet of most water and life), the remaining survivors have more to fear than starvation and thirst. As it turns out, the characters on tarot cards actually exist, and these magically gifted individuals must compete in a match to the death until only one is left standing. The story centers around Evie, who learns she is the Empress, as she’s hunted down by the game’s most lethal player, Death. Evie may not remember her past lives, but Death certainly does, especially the part where the two were once married…and she may have tried murdering him. All's fair in love and war, right?   

Endless Knight

By Kresley Cole,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Endless Knight as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

Shocking secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must…


Who am I?

Ever found yourself rooting for the bad guy? Well, you’re not alone. As a lifelong villain-advocate since witnessing Dorothy steal the Wicked Witch’s rightful property, I have found myself lured to the Dark Side of fiction. After all, a villain is the hero of their own story. They’re flawed, uninhibited, and authentic to the core. These factors make for compelling stories and even more compelling romances. It’s what drives good characters to embrace their “shadow selves,” and it forever inspires my imagination. I mean, what’s the point in world domination if there’s no one to share it with?


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Insidious: The Marked Mage Chronicles

By Victoria Evers,

Book cover of Insidious: The Marked Mage Chronicles

What is my book about?

What's worse than being hunted by a devil? Discovering you've been mated to one. All I wanted was a fun night out on the town. What I got was a death warrant. As it turns out, the quaint little hamlet of Mystic Harbor, Maine houses more than sandy beaches and adorable B&B’s. Beneath the New England charm rests a deadly world where dark sorcerers, shifters, demons, and angelic hunters all vie for power—power I now possess.

I was just your average seventeen-year-old girl. Now, someone wants me dead, and someone even worse wants me alive. Hell's mystifying Crown Prince of Lust has just marked me to be his Mate, and this handsome devil won't stop until he claims what is his.

Agents of the Apocalypse

By David Jeremiah,

Book cover of Agents of the Apocalypse

I found this book interesting from the perspective that it is almost the flip side of the book Left Behind. While Left Behind deals with the inner circle battling the evil world leader, this book is more about the people in the periphery who are not close to the action. It shows how the acts of the evil world leader affect the average person and reveals their view of what is taking place around them.

Agents of the Apocalypse

By David Jeremiah,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Agents of the Apocalypse as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Who Will Usher in Earth’s Final Days?
Are we living in the end times? Is it possible that the players depicted in the book of Revelation could be out in force today? And if they are, would you know how to recognize them?

In Agents of the Apocalypse, noted prophecy expert Dr. David Jeremiah does what no prophecy expert has done before. He explores the book of Revelation through the lens of its major players—the exiled, the martyrs, the elders, the victor, the king, the judge, the 144,000, the witnesses, the false prophet, and the beast.

One by one, Dr.…


Who am I?

I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction and by Biblical Scripture. That may seem dichotomous to some, but not to me. I have a passion for science and for Scripture because both bring understanding about our world from the microcosm to the macrocosm. My writings are a mixture of science and mystery with a science fiction feel and a Christian perspective. I like stories that show how truth arises even from the dark, confusing, and ambiguity of life to help one discover something about God they may not have considered before, and at the same time enjoy a fun, fast-paced, and exciting journey as they read.


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Mercy of the Iron Scepter: Stele Prophecy Pentalogy

By Randy C. Dockens,

Book cover of Mercy of the Iron Scepter: Stele Prophecy Pentalogy

What is my book about?

Kalem’s brother was taken by the king, and he wants to expose him as a fraud with steles he has discovered which implies the current king is not legitimate. Yet, Kalem falls in love with Angela, the person who is supposedly key to the stele prophecy fulfillment, but her devotion is to the current king.

Kalem must deal with his biased views and with his feelings for Angela to decide which prophecy is true.

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