Review: Compendium

24754560Compendium

by Alia Luria

Source: CBB Book Promotions

Book Synopsis:

On the heavily forested planet of Lumin, the Network has slept, dormant, for over six hundred cycles. Only a select few remember that it resides beneath the crust of the planet, waiting, and for them, the battle for Lumin’s future has raged in the shadows. 

When Mia Jayne’s path crosses with an ancient volume in the Archives of the Order of Vis Firmitas, this ancient battle moves from the shadows into the light. Compendium opens up a world of knowledge, and, for the first time since arriving at the Order, Mia has the key to reclaim the freedom she has lost. To do so, she must choose between her conscience and her heart. Conceived against an ailing world of fantastical beauty where long-lost technology tips the balance between extinction and survival, Mia must remember that there is always a choice, and that makes all the difference.

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My Review:

4 of 5 Stars

At the very beginning of this I admit I was a bit confused.  It felt I was dropped into the middle of an already existing crisis with not a lot of information as to what’s going on.  We get some detail about what’s happened but in some ways I’d have liked more.  The story then advances to Mia and her personal growth within the Order.  I both really liked her and was frustrated by many of her actions.  I found some of the plot to be fairly predictable but still really enjoyed it.  Probably my favorite out of all of it though is the world building that is found through out the book.  I’m a big fan of Guild Wars 2 and the way the trees and characters were described reminded me completely of the Sylvari and the world they start in.  I also really appreciated the ending.  It left plenty of room for me to really want to read the next book while still giving me a lot of ‘wrap up’.  If you are a fan of Guild Wars 2 or not, I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes nature based fantasy.

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Photo of the Sylvari Grove in Guild Wars 2, a location I thought of often while reading Compendium

About the Author:

Alia LuriaAlia Luria resides in Orlando, Florida with her partner and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. When she is not busy writing her epic sci-fiction/fantasy series, she is very, very busy practicing law as a corporate mergers and acquisitions and data privacy attorney. Apart from writing and reading voraciously, she really enjoys travel and photography and mixing the two. She also spends an inordinate amount of time enjoying fountain pens.

You can visit her website at alialuria.com.

 

 

This was provided free from the publisher through CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way effected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.

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