Title: The Ophelia Prophecy
Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: April 1st 2014
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.
But 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 Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new SF romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of Ghost Planet
The Ophelia Prophecy was a stretch for me I am just getting into Science Fiction stories and testing the waters for what type of story I like to read.
The Ophelia Prophecy is set in the future on Earth, The world has been separated into sections most of the world inhabited by the Manti people who are half bug half human the result of Human DNA testing before the world went to shit and the human survivors that live in fear of the Manti and are kept in small communities with the Manti keeping watch for rebellion.
Asha wakes up to find herself outside Sanctuary in a lake with no memories of how she got there, not far from her is Pax a Manti that is naked and protected in a cocoon, to unravel the mystery of what happened to them, Asha and Pax must learn to work together to find out what has happened to them and why they were by the lake with no memories.
Asha discovers a world different to what she imagined, are all Manti evil? Can she save the last of the human race? and can she find her missing Father?
The Opheilia Prophecy is a mix of Sci-fi, Romance, Mystery and action, the characters are amazing I love the Interaction between Pax and Asha, it is a bit of a star-crossed love considering they grew up as enemies. The world building is amazingly put together with such detail that you can really imagine the world in which the characters live, My favourite character would have to be banshee the ship though the first I have read of a AI computer that can think for itself but not try to kill everyone.
The ending kind of wrapped up a bit too quickly but had great twists in the story which I really enjoyed. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes Sci-fi romance, I admit I was a bit put off by the whole bug/human type of person but don’t let this put you off, It is a great twist to the sci-fi Alien, dystopian type story.
Guest Post by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Top 5 Reasons To Give a Bug Romance a Try
Since THE OPHELIA PROPHECY was released April 1, bloggers who have reviewed it and joined my book tour have really been captivated by the whole insect aspect of the story — the one aspect I was worried about when I wrote it. Bugs can have an “ick” factor, and I didn’t want readers to be put off by that. So I’ve written lots of words on my tour about this, making sure folks understand what they are (and aren’t) getting with THE OPHELIA PROPHECY. In the spirit of that mission, I bring you the top 5 reasons to give a bug romance a try …
1. Don’t think cockroaches in love. Think sexy, conflicted alpha hero who happens to be genetically enhanced with praying mantis DNA to be stronger, faster, and more sensitive (and reactive) to human pheromones.
2. Everyone loves star-crossed lovers. Pax’s race of transgenic organisms, the Manti, targeted humanity with a virus. Asha is one of the last human survivors. When they find themselves stranded together on a beach near the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there, Pax decides to force Asha onboard his ship so he can get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s a recipe for a slow burn of a romance, with a big payoff in the end.
A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart—sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance—and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2014). You can visit her online at SharonLynnFisher.com.
3. Never a dull moment. From Asha’s abduction, through their discovery of a creepy human/wasp species, to their arrival in the Manti-enhanced city of Granada where everyone is plotting something, our star-crossed lovers hardly have a chance to catch their breath. Except for that moment in the sagrada den, Debajo, that leads to our lover’s first … sorry, no spoilers!
4. Transgenic organisms are fascinating. Pax’s sister, Iris, with her praying mantis wings and spiky arms, is a sort of futuristic fae right out of someone’s darkest fantasy. Her wit is even sharper than her spikes, and she loves to keep her brother in line (or try, at least). Pax’s ship, Banshee, is a blend of plant/insect/artificial intelligence that goes sentient after Asha is taken onboard, and becomes her only ally. Carrick, the disenchanted priest and human/wolf transgenic, is both the moral backbone of the story and the extra muscle when our heroes are in a jam. The Manti capital city is a Gaudi-inspired opium dream of living, organic architecture, shifting colors and textures, whimsical sculpture, and biotech wonders. Pax’s people know how to enjoy life and indulge the senses!
5. It’s good geeky fun. If you enjoy sci-fi romance, try this meaty mash-up of adventure, suspense, intrigue, geeky biopunk bits, and sexy times (with a little light BDSM).