The Prophecy is the first book in the Daughters of the People series by Lucy Varna. I found this book to be very well written. The writer took her time developing her story line and once you are engaged in the book it is very hard to put it down, and it is a very easy transition to the next book. The story built well from the very beginning and the writer was able to make a vivid world that was easy to settle into with some wonderful characters to get to know. From the very beginning of the book Maya and James and the other characters draw you in and make you want to learn more about them and their story. The secrets they hide and the battles they must face are all very well thought out and described. The book was well paced with scenes that varied from tender or funny to passionate and intense.
Maya is a Daughter of the People, their goal is to break a curse that was placed on their family, by an ancient God, hundreds of years ago cursing them to immortality. Through another God's kindness they were given a way to break the curse. James is an archaic language expert, whom Maya meets while on a burial dig, with clues to the People's past. Maya will need James to help break through some of the information. As they work together they start to develop feelings for each other and when James's life is torn apart they must fight together to save everyone they hold dear.
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.
Daughters of the People: Immortal Amazons unjustly cursed, struggling to save their People, and their hearts.