I'm really getting hooked by this series (Books of the Infinite). It's like reading Jeremiah--only Jeremiah is a young woman, the prophet called Ela. And the setting is in areas totally unknown to us. Sorta like Jeremiah meets Jonah meets Braveheart. Lots of action, lots of tight scrapes, a cup or two of heartache, and a dash of romance.
Ela Roeh has a friend named Kien Lantek who would like to be more than a friend. Oh, but she wishes the Infinite would allow her to live long enough to marry Kien. The trouble is, everyone knows prophets die young. She's fairly certain that when she tells her own people over and over again to stop worshiping other gods and follow only the Infinite, they will kill her.
Kien is beginning to think prophets' friends die young too. Especially after a big fish swallows him and then regurgitates him on the shore of the land he's supposed to judge. All the Infinite will tell the now very smelly and acid-burned Kien is that he has to tell the people to repent or die.
Hmm. Where have I heard this story before?