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.
The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Published by Tor Books on April 1st, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sci-fi
Page Length: 320 pages
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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.
- 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!
- 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.
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 ;-).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher
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