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THE OPHELIA PROPHECY
Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
Fisher, whose last novel was the superb Ghost Planet, returns with a sexy, irresistible take on the enemies-to-lovers trope. Asha is an independent and resourceful heroine, whose internal struggle of competing loyalties makes her a compelling lead. While Pax’s mating instincts provide a convenient excuse for him to feel unusually protective of — and warm toward — Asha, Fisher’s light touch guarantees that the development of this slow-burn romance feels authentic, organic and totally satisfying.
Asha has no idea what’s going on. A sedate archivist of human history, she’s not quite sure why she’s woken up all the way out on the shores of Sanctuary, her hometown. Nor does she understand why a Manti male is passed out next to her. Pax is pretty confused himself — but he’s wary enough to immediately seize the human woman and bring her onto Banshee, his spacecraft.
Though an initial interrogation doesn’t reveal any sinister intentions, Pax isn’t sure he can trust Asha, who is one of a scant few human survivors after a carefully engineered Manti virus wiped out most of the human population. Iris, Pax’s tough-as-nails sister, is concerned about Pax’s interest in the woman, especially since Asha seems to provoke Pax’s mating instincts. Even as history has made them sworn enemies, Pax and Asha grow closer — and discover a few uncomfortable truths that hit close to home. (TOR, Apr., 320 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed By: Regina Small
Published: April 2014