The Prophets

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.
Show more


416 pages

Average rating: 6.56




Community Reviews

Aug 28, 2023
7/10 stars
Content warning for violence, abuse, enslavement, sexual abuse, kidnapping, mass atrocities and related topics. I liked pieces of this novel, but on the whole it didn't come together for me. I liked the historical threads and the contemporary narrative, but the poetry and more fantastical elements detracted for the rest of the novel. The pace of the ending came out of nowhere, and I'm still not completely sure what happened (but part of me says that some uncertainty may be intentional?). I liked Maggie and the women in this story, but wish that the two main characters got more character development. They felt pretty consistent throughout the novel.
Show more
May 19, 2023
8/10 stars
4.5 Stars

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how this book was going to read when first jumping into it, I knew the topics it would go over loosely, and what type of setting, etc.

After the first few chapters, I was basically hooked. The character introductions were to me, amazing! I quickly had a mental image of everyone in the story, what they would look like, their personalities and so much more.

The storytelling was, of course, the best part. The author obviously took his time to offer up the best details he could on not only the characters but their surroundings, their emotions, their outlook on life at the time even.

It would have been 5 stars, BUT, at times I feel like some of the details he provided were drawn out at times, and I was just anxious to get back to the action so to speak lol

Great, great read!!
Show more

See why thousands of readers are using Bookclubs to stay connected.

More books by this author