Release Date: May 1, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Other Info: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
PROPHECY OF DAYS, BOOK ONE: THE DAYKEEPER’S GRIMOIRE is the story of Caity Mac Fireland, a girl from San Francisco whose parents drag her to an isle off the coast of Scotland to manage some family property. Caity finds that a Mayan relic is concealed there, intentionally left centuries ago by Mayan Daykeepers in an attempt to keep their profound knowledge about the year 2012 alive into the current era.
As she delves into this world of secret knowledge, Caity is helped along by a visiting family friend and Feng Shui master, Uncle Li; a Mayan elder named Bolon; and Mr. Papers, her pet monkey that communicates through origami. A handsome Scottish lad gets pulled into the intrigue, as do several other people with questionable motives and loyalties. Caity must weave together a tapestry of information in order to make her radical discovery, a mystery protected by an elite coterie of power-brokers who influence world events. Caity’s twenty-first century mind is put to the test as she tries to uncover the answer to an ancient riddle while trying to outwit this powerful group that will stop at nothing to control the secret, and her.
Prophecy of Days by Christy Raedeke started off really strong for me. It didn’t finish as strong but I still really enjoyed it. When you read this book you are not only getting a fun filled mystery but you get some history lessons along the way. I’ve always found ancient civilizations to be really int interesting. Especially the Mayan’s. I think maybe I should have been an anthropologist…but anyway! I found the whole concept of Prophecy of Days to be very intriguing.
Caity was a fun main character. She had a quirky sense of humor. Well, really she was just all around quirky. She was also a little silly at times and did things that seemed a little off for a girl so intelligent. It was easy to get past all of that though. And Scottish boys can make up for anything! I have a very weak spot for Scottish boys….sigh.
I do have a few complaints about the book but really nothing major. It seemed to me that all of these really strange things were really easy for the characters to accept. In one instance things were explained to a character and he just….believed it. That didn’t seem very realistic to me. Other than that, I really enjoyed Prophecy of Days!
The mystery kept me turning pages and the fun characters kept me from putting the book down. If you are looking for a suspenseful intelligent read, Prophecy of Days should be on your list!