Character Spotlight: Flora and Rechab

Yesterday I posted an intro to two of The Prophet Trilogy’s major characters: the prophets, Kol Abaddon and Alack. But for a lot of readers, it’s the women who are the stars of the series.

Faithful reader and Amazon reviewer describes Flora Laurentii Infortunatia (aka “Flora the Unlucky”):

Flora, a wealthy woman who befriends Rechab, is my favorite. She is introduced as a powerful, smart, savvy woman, but her vulnerability unfurls with the story. She is a seeker, a lover of God who fears she cannot be fully accepted by Him because she is not of The People. She’s a flawed character with great strengths and a beautiful heart.

Flora, a foreigner who lives in the Sacred Land, is patterned after biblical characters like Ruth and Rahab–women from pagan nations who sought after God. In the fantasy setting of The Prophet Trilogy, she descends from nations patterned after Rome and the biblical nation of Moab. Twice widowed, Flora has inherited vast wealth which she now manages as a capable businesswoman–but only with half a heart, as she seeks God as a pilgrim in an ascetic community where her wealth and beauty are viewed with suspicion.

In ABADDON’S EVE, Flora crosses paths with the young woman Rechab, whose father has sold her into a marriage with a pagan priest. Flora’s rescue of Rechab brings both of them into conflict with the terrifying priests of the Hill People and sends their lives spinning in directions neither expected.

While Flora struggles with issues of identity and acceptance, Rechab must find a way to overcome her fears–and the responsibility of the power and wealth bestowed on her by Flora. Her newfound devotion to the Great God, she determines, will be the key to rising above the challenges of her new life.

But for both women, the conflict of The Prophet Trilogy will ask more of them than they dreamed.



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