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The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher ARC {4 Stars}

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher is a romantic sci-fi about a future where humanity’s creations have taken over: human-insect hybrids rule the world now. I’ve always said that I’m not against romance, I just want there to be another plot and the romance needs to be convincing. The Ophelia Prophecy is a perfect example of this done well; I loved the romance and was intrigued by the world and mystery that Asha has set out to solve.

Note: I received The Ophelia Prophecy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some things may be different in the final version.

This book has adult content.
The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher ARC {4 Stars}

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Published by Tor Books on April 1st, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sci-fi
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The romance in The Ophelia Prophecy is delightfully slow burn. Asha and Pax are not each other’s biggest fans at the start and it takes a good 2/3 for them to own up to be attracted to each other at all. Love it!
  • I loved how this future Earth was portrayed, with humans having created human-insect hybrids as weapons, and then their weapons turning on them. Now “pure” humans eek out an existence only in places where the Manti don’t want to live. There is also a lot more going on below the surface though, and it was great to discover the truth along with Asha.
  • At first I was worried that The Ophelia Prophecy was anti-science, with the whole science bringing about the downfall of humanity thing. However, there are some conversations dealing with this directly and the characters’ opinions really impressed me. I wanted to save a whole paragraph as a quote since it explained beautifully how it isn’t science that is bad, it’s when science is corrupted by greed that things can go badly.
  • Right from the start, The Ophelia Prophecy pulls you in with a mystery: Asha has lost her memories and woken up next to a Manti man. Just as we start to figure out what has happened there, another plot element crops up and things continue on at a great pace. I was really impressed by the strength of the plot outside of the romance, since that is my biggest concern with romantic books.
  • *fans self* Wooo-ee, that romance is spicy! Once Asha and Pax figure themselves out, they definitely make up for lost time and it was quite enjoyable to read. And look, light BDSM done correctly!
  • Asha was a great heroine because she was both sensible and determined. Even when she was figuring out her feelings for Pax, she kept reminding herself of her goals and working towards them. I like this girl!

Weaknesses:

  •  The ending of The Ophelia Prophecy was incredibly fast. I was looking at the number of pages left and quirking an eyebrow, wondering how things could possibly get wrapped up. The answer is through convenient plot devices unfortunately. I still was satisfied with it, but I had just expected more.
  • There is a crazy cliffhanger. Like, things are figured out for now, but crazy stuff could go down with hours or days. If you can’t take cliffhangers, definitely wait for the next book to be out.
  • While I liked Asha’s determination throughout most of The Ophelia Prophecy, by the end she doesn’t actually accomplish all that much. Especially in the final conflict, things really just happen to her and she goes along for the ride. After how strong she was earlier in the story, I found this rather disappointing.

Summary:

The Ophelia Prophecy is an excellent sci-fi with a swoon-worthy romance. If you’re like me and tend to think of yourself as not a fan of romantic plots, have no fear. There is plenty of excellent plot and world-building to sink your teeth into. Just be prepared for some serious sexy times as well ;-).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

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Comments

  1. This one looks really good (and not just because Ophelia is the name of my cat, haha). I like unorthodox romances and it’s pretty rare to see BDSM done well. Pity there isn’t an international ebook version available at the moment!!
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    • Haha, excellent choice of cat name :D Oh no, I didn’t realize that it isn’t available internationally yet D: Hopefully that gets figured out soon, there can be a delay with the less hyped books yeah?

  2. I wasn’t planning on reading this, but you just sold me on it. Now I can’t wait to get it!

  3. Human insect hybrids? Okay….might read this one.

  4. Sweet, I am really liking the sound of this one. The premise sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard of before, and then you mentioned how they explain their world and views on science and all that …which makes me curious as to learning ALL THE THINGS. I love me a good mystery too so that’s a huge plus! I’m a big fan of the slow-burn romance at play here, especially how spicy it sounds! Oh la la! It’s unfortunate that the ending wrapped up so quickly and that the MC seemed to lose some of her fire at the end there but all things considered, I certainly want to check this one out! Lovely review Anya ^^ xx
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  5. I haven’t read any swoon worthy sf lately, so Ophelia Prophecy sounds very interesting to me. I just hope that bdsm elements won’t spoil it for me.
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  6. This sounds a like a maybe for me. I like the way you put it: “I’ve always said that I’m not against romance, I just want there to be another plot and the romance needs to be convincing.” There may be a little too much romance here for me, but if it’s as slow-building as you say and there are plenty of other important plot points, it may work. Thanks for the awesome review!
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    • Hehe, though what I call slow-burn might not quite be slow enough :-P It isn’t a super long book, so there is only so slow that it can go after all ;-)

  7. This sounds very good! I think I saw this somewhere before, maybe in one of your spoils and tributes posts or perhaps on netgalley. Either way, I was intrigued and your review has convinced me I need to read it :)
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  8. This seems really interesting! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’ll have to read it eventually. I love a slow burn romance too!

    • Definitely! Would you like me to send you my ARC? I should have asked this before I sent off the last package, but I don’t really have a home for the ARC so I’d be happy to send it :D

  9. lekeisha thomas says:

    I’m gonna add this to my tbr. I think this is the 3rd or 4th review i’ve read for this book within the last few days. Definitely gonna check it out.

  10. This book is on my list of books I’m interested in. Have wanted to read some reviews so I appreciate yours, Anya. This sounds good. Since the price of the book is high right now and there’s a cliffhanger (good to know–thanks) I think I’ll wait awhile to buy this book. Thanks for a great review, Anya.
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