The Final Prophecy

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The Final Prophecy is upon us. Plunged into a technological dark age as the Gremon’s spawn consumes all the fossil fuel, humankind faces the wrath of nature with earthquakes and tsunami following massive land and seabed collapses. In response, Alice and her seraph, Malacor, free billions of tortured human minds from the grip of the demon’s nightmare realms and prepares them for the final battle. More

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About Laura Hart

Born in Birmingham UK in 1962, I almost immediately developed into a hyperactive demon. My mother taught me to read when I was about four; I assume to try and distract me from drawing on the walls. She placed a bookcase outside my bedroom door and I was instructed to read when I awoke before dawn. By the time I was eight I’d enjoyed all the children’s classics from Janet and John to Robinson Crusoe. My mother had made the connection between food colouring and hyperactivity by then, but my voracious appetite for books would never be subdued. By twelve I’d graduated to Lewis, Tolkein and Orwell, amongst many others and my imagination swelled under master tutelage.
But my absolute beloved was Mr.Carrol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, chiefly because my mind was almost as hyperactive as I slept and my dreams were a consistent source of wonderment.
My favourite lessons at school were English and Art, but I appeared to be relatively academic - I understood science - so my love of animals tipped me toward a career as a vet; it never actually occurred to me that I could write books or paint. Neither were proper jobs anyway.

My brother died when I was fourteen, he eighteen.
Everything changed.

My veterinary aspirations vanished. I pursued Neil’s dream to become an actor. I won a scholarship to drama school and studied at the Birmingham Old Rep, then moved to London, did the audition rounds and worked with some great people in TV, Film and West End Theatre.
But I soon discovered that an actress at nearly six feet tall is no role winner when most male actors stand barely over five, so I abandoned any ideas of super-stardom and moved laterally into corporate and commercial video production. I won some blue chip clients and got the bug for writing.
I first drafted The Toy Sorcerer back in 1996, but my career path once again took a sideways move and the book was shelved.
I spent ten years restoring and eco-updating a number of Heritage buildings. The last one very nearly killed me, so I went to college to study CAD and 3D modelling/animation in order to professionally draft construction schematics. This opened up a new avenue of 3D art and design and I’ve worked on some fabulous assignments in a variety of fields. See www.isodesign.uk.com
Most recently I have begun designing and making art and architectural glass.
Maybe art and authorship are proper jobs after all.
Incidentally; I was married and divorced twice, but they really were only minor incidents. I chose not to have any children.

We are seven billion and growing . . .

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Reviews

Review by: JR Barker on March 06, 2013 : star star star star
Laura Harts writing style is incredibly lyrical which makes this story incredibly easy to read.
Although this was apparent in the Toy Sorcerer, she has managed to refine her style even more.
Everything comes together in this book, the characters have fleshed out more, their back-stories are compelling.
My favourite character to date has to be Ruthergore, he appears to be a man of many layers, flawed, damaged and utterly believable.
The whole affair has become more sinister as the world sinks into utter chaos, yet you get to see glimpses of humanity and compassion that give you that genuine ahhh moment.
Even the dream worlds have less of a Alice in wonderland style and it suits it more.
I have to say that if Laura keeps on improving at this rate I cannot WAIT to read the next book!!

I know this is a short review, and it deserves a longer one, but I can think of nothing more to say without giving away the storyline except
*Gush gush gush*
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: JR Barker on March 06, 2013 : star star star star
Laura Harts writing style is incredibly lyrical which makes this story incredibly easy to read.
Although this was apparent in the Toy Sorcerer, she has managed to refine her style even more.
Everything comes together in this book, the characters have fleshed out more, their back-stories are compelling.
My favourite character to date has to be Ruthergore, he appears to be a man of many layers, flawed, damaged and utterly believable.
The whole affair has become more sinister as the world sinks into utter chaos, yet you get to see glimpses of humanity and compassion that give you that genuine ahhh moment.
Even the dream worlds have less of a Alice in wonderland style and it suits it more.
I have to say that if Laura keeps on improving at this rate I cannot WAIT to read the next book!!

I know this is a short review, and it deserves a longer one, but I can think of nothing more to say without giving away the storyline except
*Gush gush gush*
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chris Parker on Jan. 03, 2013 : star star star star star
The Final Prophecy is a sweeping, epic fantasy that will enthral lovers of this genre. In the first of the series, The Toy Sorcerer, we are introduced to Alice, the Dream World she discovers that exists in parallel with our own, and some pretty foul demons. In The Final Prophecy, the plot, characters and multi-layered complexity are all taken to an entirely new level. Definitely for an adult audience, the actions and intentions of the characters have an edge of realism, even in their fantastic and imaginative contexts, which helps make the huge scale of the tale more compelling.
Clever parallels are drawn with contemporary issues and the action weaves our modern-day world superbly with episodes in the Dream Worlds in all their mind-blowing diversity, making it easy to get swept along with the various plot lines that combine towards the dramatic conclusion.
Alice has to battle the foul Lord Gremon and his many acolytes. She is aided by a group of characters drawn imaginatively and with pathos, as they grow and interact. The style of writing is masterful and sustained throughout, leaving no detail, no matter how gory or brutal, to the imagination. I found myself drawn along with the pace of the action, forming real attachments, or loathing, of the characters as I went.
In all, this is a book of grand ambition and scale that delivers superbly in the fantasy genre.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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