Prodigal by Tyler H. Jolley, Sherry D. Ficklin

May 4th, 2015 Kimberly Review 66 Comments

4th May
Prodigal by Tyler H. Jolley, Sherry D. Ficklin
by Sherry D. Ficklin, Tyler Jolley
Series: The Lost Imperials #2
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember, taken as a child she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.  During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla--her most hated enemy--for help. But can she trust the man who she's been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?

Today I am sharing my review of Prodigal the second book in the Lost Imperials series. Back in 2013, I stumbled upon a book with a super cool cover and synopsis, it ended up making my top ten list and introduced me to two authors whose works I now crave and enjoy. That book was Extracted, the first in the Lost Imperials series by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley. Published by Clean Teen this steampunk science fiction series has this time traveling geek grinning and eager for more. Prodigal took me back to this fascinating world and I became lost in its spell.

Prodigal picks up a little after the climatic ending of Extracted. Stein discovered a journal that has her questioning who she is. A simple blood test to determine her linage leads to a devastating discovering. A rare genetic mutation is killing her.

Prodigal while continuing to flesh out the world of Rifters and the Hollows really focuses on Stein from her relationships to her unique history. I love how Ficklin and Jolley use her storyline to further our knowledge of the world all while taking us deep into Tesla’s hideaway. Stein is a strong character, which we have witnessed from the beginning, and it was difficult seeing her struggle with the discovery of her lineage.

Steampunk, gadgets, strange characters and more are present in Prodigal. While some of the gadgets are over the top, the geeky side of me just squealed with delight. Rifting through time, facing danger, and secrets all added to this well-spun story. The plot is well paced drawing the reader immediately into the tale, with dangers, twists, alliances and more. Most of the tale is spent with Stein and Ember but we see enough of the other characters to satisfy while making us eager to learn more. I want to know what happened to Ethan, and hope Riven gives us answers.

One of my favorite aspects of this series is the unique, fleshed out characters.  From the scientists- Tesla and Stein to the teens who make up their teams. Stein, Lex, Ember, Ethan and more. Each character is unique from their personalities to their style of dress. While the Rifters and those in the Hollows both time travel, they use different methods and consider the other their enemy. I am quite anxious to learn more as this battle heats up and discoveries are made. For those who like a little romance, we share in not one but two developing romances which are sweet and deliver that swoon-factor while not overpowering the action.

Fans of time travel, science fiction, Doctor Who and wickedly good steampunk will enjoy Prodigal and the entire Lost Imperial series. Because of the time line and character progression, I recommend reading these in order for the full experience. Stop by tomorrow for my review of Riven book three and a chance to win a copy of Extracted.

Lost Imperials Series

About Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

About Tyler Jolley

n order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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66 Responses to “Prodigal by Tyler H. Jolley, Sherry D. Ficklin”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you decide to pick them up Tanja 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Jeann, I am really enjoying this series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you end up picking these up Melaine

  1. Jenny

    Oooo not one, but two romances Kim? YES PLEASE! As much as I love romances though, in books like this where there’s a lot of other things happening, I like the romance to be present but not overwhelming, and it sounds like that is exactly the case here. Must check out Extracted!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      The romances make sense and feel natural, while not distracting from the action

  2. Tyler H Jolley

    Kim, thank you so much for your review, I appreciate it so much. I’m so glad you like Prodigal, I can’t wait to see what you think about Riven!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was painless, I love this series 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nice, I am glad I could introduce you to this series Lori

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Review Twins *powers activate* Waits for magic…um I got nothing but I have loved each book as well Ali 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you decide to read them Nick..I think you would dig the world

  3. Lanie

    The cover is really neat! Great review, this one sounds like quite the adventure. Kinda weird though she just happens to find that particular journal.

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  4. Amir

    This is the second review of Prodigal I read in one hour so I think I really should give this series a shot! I don’t read a lot of steampunk books but I do enjoy the genre and the fact that two of my fave bloggers enjoyed this, I’m definitely checking this out 😀 Awesome review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is always fun to try new things…I hope you decide to give this series a chance

    • kimbacaffeinate

      What? We must have you explore a little Dr. Who

  5. Ann Noser

    I just learned what Steampunk was this year. Yeah, I live under a rock. This series looks very interesting. I’m so curious how two authors can work together on one book. I’d love to bend their ears with questions…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo Steampunk is cool from the gadgets to the settings 🙂

  6. Braine

    Yep, already added this to my to read list. I’m always up for a good steam punk adventure

  7. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    This is the second positive review I’ve read just today, which tells me all I need to know. I remember wanting to read the first book when it came out, but arcs got in my way as usual. I adore steampunk, though, so I’ll have to make more of an effort.

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library) recently posted: LGBT Monday: Just Desserts
    • kimbacaffeinate

      It happens to all of us Maja..but you have time know to catch up before book four

  8. Faye

    AHHHHH. You’re pretty much the second reviewer I’ve seen today shower this book praises 😀 The first one was from Kindlemom and I am so excited to get my hands on this series. I love time travel! I’ve read books with it but they have been subpar so I’ve been waiting on that one time travel series that would rock my socks. Crossing my fingers this is the one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, Ali and both love this series..I hope these rock your socks off!

  9. Ramona

    Well, I haven’t read Extracted, but I will. This sounds really amazing and I love steampunk. Isn’t it wonderful when we stumble upon unknown authors and sometimes hit the mother lode? LOL. Beautiful review, Kimba!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you do..the story just draws the reader in

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this series I really do..I hope you grab them!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah the covers are cool and I love the tale 🙂

  10. Sherry Ficklin

    Thanks so much for being part of the tour! I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks and I adore the cool covers for this series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL…it happens to me too, then someone else will review a book in the series and remind me again..eventually I end up kicking myself for not starting sooner 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have been enjoying this series Cyn. It is well balanced and exciting.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Eeep..yes you need to dig it out my friend and begin!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      There you your local this series is delightful.

  11. Olivia

    Oh my goodness this book looks so cool! I love a good steampunk novel and that stood out to me right away as well as this awesome cover. I love the sound of the plot and knowing it is a favourite of yours must make it a good book. Definitely going on my TBR!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The covers are all awesome Olivia. This series just rocks

  12. Tressa

    Obviously I just need to read this series with you loving the first book and really liking this one and loving the third book as well. Definitely on my list. 🙂

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