Editorial Review: The Chocolate Prophecy by E.L. Ward
Jek and his assigned wife Audrey spend their days trying to keep up with the ever-growing list of daily duties and expectations of running a lighthouse under a vicious dictatorship – until one day they’re hit over the head and kidnapped by an old man intent on saving the world.
Running a lighthouse might seem like a basic task, but when you have to do it in fierce accordance with a despotic and fanatical rule it becomes a lot harder. In a world where any kind of excess is destroyed, family heirlooms need registration certificates, you’re regularly questioned by the dragon-Inquisition, and gaining too many demerit points from your boss could kill you - your assigned vocation takes up every moment of your day, and that is precisely the point.
Jek is not a worldly man; he buys into the work, sleep, repeat until you die routine. He isn’t particularly interested that magic has been accidentally discovered, or that his neighboring nations are broiling in civil war, or that a weird new movement called Free-Dome (or Free-Dumb to its critics) is gaining territory.
Despite not being interested in these facts he suddenly finds himself on a small boat in the ocean with a kidnapper putting him at the center of them. Jek is informed by his kidnapper, with no consideration for Jek’s willingness to be there, that they are on a Noble Quest to find the Knights of Indigo Lodge in order to save the world.
Pursued by the Inquisition and pestered by difficult questions; Jek who would prefer nothing change at all, Audrey who is happy to be rid of the lighthouse, and the old man with much more power up his sleeve than he lets on, form an unlikely team.
The Chocolate Prophecy is a wild ride from beginning to end, with not a page dedicated to anything not important or interesting – and yet manages to be genuinely funny while telling a complex plot in a fantasy world with deep lore of its own. The fantastic ability of this book to perfectly intermingle the broad philosophical questions with the truly ridiculous is the perfect thing to top off a well-written and entertaining plot carried out by a farcical troupe of characters who win your heart from the first. E. L Ward should garner fans from the Douglas Adams school of comedy as well as those who are fond of amusing and witty writing in general.
The Chocolate Prophecy is a satirical romp, fast-paced and exciting without sacrificing excellent characters and engaging prose.