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Sci Fi Romance Review: The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Egalley thanks to Tor Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
New sci-fi romance from the RITA Award nominated author of GHOST PLANET!
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Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters -- the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.
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Asha and Pax -- strangers and enemies -- find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource -- information -- viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

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This was a nice read, but it lacked bite, ladies and gents. I think I'm spoiled by Jean Johnson and R. Lee Smith who blew my mind with their complex sci-fi novels, and anything less feels a bit bland.

The Ophelia Prophecy is a quiet book with a neat world-building and main characters used to downplaying their feelings, so when someone explodes (emotionally) the reader feels rather surprised. *I'm looking at you, Beck*

Asha comes from Sanctuary, one of the last reserves of humanity in the world taken over by Manti, - genetically engineered and mutated man/insect hybrids. She wakes up outside Sanctuary with part of her memory missing and is taken as a prisoner by a Manti captain, Pax, who plans to interrogate her and bring her to Granada, the stronghold of the Manti ruler.

Pax's complex biology somehow recognizes Asha as his mate, so he gets messed up emotionally and can only think of protecting Asha from various dangers along the way even if it puts Manti interests second to her needs.

Asha herself recovers her memory and realizes that she will have to work against Pax as well and even use his attraction to her, but along the way both of them find a common goal and a set of enemies, and circumstances bring them together even closer.

There are a few things I wasn't happy about. First of all, I felt like Pax's sister, Iris, and the captain himself started to feel something for the humans way too quickly and without some sort of emotional interactions to explain the pull. 

Secondly, the majority of interesting stuff really only takes off in the last 30% of the book, and when I got into it and even started enjoying some steamy bondage scenes *grin* it all ended too quickly.

In my view, The Ophelia Prophecy would have benefited from double the length of the book, because right now I feel like I just skimmed it. There wasn't enough depth or character development for me here to get attached. Otherwise it's a nice, light read.

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Ну так себе, нормальная книжка, но, честно говоря, я привыкла к научно-фантастическим романам с более весомым содержанием. Да и избаловали меня Джин Джинсон и Р.Л. Смит, от книг которых у меня обычно взрывается мозг.

Аша живёт в Убежище - одом из последних оплотов человечества, проигравшего войну с ими же самими созданными генетическими гибридами насекомого и человека - Манти.

Когда она приходит в сознание за пределами Убежища, потеряв часть своей памяти, её подбирает Манти капитан Пакс, который решает допросить её и затем отвезти в Гранаду - столицу правящего мантийского эмира.

Однако сложная биологическая натура Пакса воспринимает Ашу как свою пару, и теперь эмоционально дестабилизированный капитан вынужден защищать Ашу от всего, что предоставляет для неё опасность, даже если это противоречит интересам его расы.

С другой стороны, видя Гранаду, Аша вспоминает всё, что было утеряно в её памяти и понимает, что в столицу Манти она добралась с одной целью, и даже если для её достижения ей необходимо использовать ривязанность к ней Пакса, будь что будет - она это сделает!

Однако нахождение общих целей и общих врагов вынуждает парочку объединить усилия, ну а дальше любовь-морковь, которая спасёт мир. *смеясь*

Несмотря на неплохое построение мира, меня не впечатлило довольно многое в этой книге. Как научная фантастика она очень слаба, здесь нет развития характеров персонажей, и их влечение друг к другу не кажется правдоподобным, особенно когда та же история повторяется с сестрой Пакса - Айрис.  Большая часть сюжета развивается в последние 30% книги, и как только всё становится интересным, Предсказание Офелии внезапно заканчивается. Ни эпилога, ничего.

В общем, читать конечно можно, но это будет как блюдо без специй - желудок набьёшь, но без удовольствия.
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