Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Ophelia Prophecy
Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher
Hero/Heroine: Asha & Pax
Genre: M/F Post Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Available at: Tor Books, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: 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.
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.
When Asha and Pax wake up in the desert with no memory of how they got there or who each other are, Pax makes a rash decision of bringing the mysterious human woman with him on his ship. Unfortunately, he not only can’t trust Asha but he can’t trust himself around Asha, especially when his Manti instincts are pushing him to mate her. With his growing attachment to Asha, Pax isn’t willing to let her out of his sight but that proves impossible when one situation after another leads to her seeking help from others to accomplish her own goal. When at every turn she’s willing to betray his trust, will Pax be able to let the human go or will he follow his instincts in the hope that the bond between them isn’t just one-sided?
This was an insanely intense story. From the start you’re thrust into Pax trying to kidnap Asha and Asha putting up a fight. The girl is feisty and will use everything at her disposal to keep herself safe and alive. She’s stubborn, deceptive and while she’s willing to betray everyone if it means getting her father back, she still holds some guilt towards hurting the two Mantis (Pax and Iris) that sorta, kinda saved her life. But, lucky for her, Pax is just as stubborn and will do everything to get Asha back safe and sound. He’ll even align with the enemy if it means keeping his unwilling mate by his side. The relationship the two have is nothing short of rocky and filled with lies. Honestly, I’m surprised that Pax was actually able to trust Asha at all considering how much she’d emotionally, and by proxy, physically done to him. At the same time, you have to admire Asha’s dedication to reaching her end goal no matter what obstacles got in the way.
The bond between them is built on bone-deep instincts and pheromones and, while it might not seem like it, is the basis for almost every life threatening decision they end up making. With the strange pull between them guiding their movements, they run into many problems including mysterious humans, religious zealots, a crazy Manti bent on personal revenge and even facing the Amir of the Manti species. It’s intense, filled with a ton of suspense and action and, to be honest, it was hard for me to put the story down at times. The writing is captivating and leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
With that said, I only had a few issues with this one. Mainly, I felt like the ending was very rushed and seemed too easily wrapped up especially since at 95% there was still so much that needed answering. For the last ten percent of the book, I was very sure there would be a sequel because there was just so much more that had to be told. Instead, the resolution to the build up happened off screen, which only left me with more questions and not enough answers. Beyond that, it was hard for me to accept Asha’s back and forth behavior completely. I didn’t feel like she really owned up to her multiple betrayals towards Pax especially since Pax would easily let her off the hook. I adored these two together but I just didn’t like Pax making excuses for her behavior whenever she stabbed him in the back.
All in all, this was still a phenomenal novel with a mix between a post apocalyptic and sci-fi setting. With just enough suspense and deception to keep you on the edge of your seat, the chemistry between Asha and Pax will no doubt suck you in and take you for a wild ride. With a fascinating society and descriptive characters, I’m hoping there will be more to come in this world because I know I want to see what happens next!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*