Published by Tor Books on April 1, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science fiction
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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.
Craving a sinfully delicious romp on a futuristic Earth?
Then, The Ophelia Prophecy is sure to deliver! Mankind decided they would toy human DNA creating an insect hybrid race that now essentially dominates mankind. This could have been a recipe for possible nightmares, instead I found it delivered an eerie yet lovely reading experience.
Why is there a naked man lying next to me?
If I awoke soaking wet, didn’t know where I was and there was an unknown naked man lying near by I might freak a little. The heroine Asha handles it about as well as could be expected. The naked man, Pax, not the brightest idea in the way he handled things. *chuckles* Thus begins the rocky road these two are to travel. They are enemies because Pax is a member of the Manti race which was created by humans, from human DNA and various insect DNA and Asha is a human. So what does he do? Why he abducts her of course!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
The descriptions of the Manti race gives them an edge of beauty that I never would have considered when thinking about insects. To me anytime I think about insects I shiver and go ewww. However, when one scientist went about creating his genetic hybrids he wanted them to be beautiful and sometimes added traits to their makeup that was more for aesthetic than for function. But when humans as a whole went wild tinkering with splicing animal and human DNA they didn’t just create one other race, they created countless new humanoid species. Some completely alien looking, others that that appeared human, and still more that combined the two. So while some Manti may look very human, others look very other.
Give it to me baby, uh huh, uh huh
If you didn’t realize it already – this is a romance. To me when I say a book is a romance, it is a romance first, and a genre book second. Being that it is romance centric – don’t be surprised when you get a healthy dose of bow chicka wow wow. There is definite focus on the plot issues involving the two races at odds, which is really fascinating, but ultimately I found just as much focus on the romance. For me this just worked great because I’m not a romance reader and yet I got a taste of what a romance SFF genre book is like. This is the second such book of Sharon Lynn Fisher’s I have read and I must say now that I was hooked with the first one and The Ophelia Prophecy has cemented my status as a fan of her work.
The Ophelia Prophecy
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