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Nebula Andra: Synchronicity Abyss Hardcover – June 21, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
In chapter one it shows our heroine of the story, a teenage girl by the name of Anya, who knew almost nothing to the outside world, having living most of her life in the snowy part of the country, Vesta. Within just one chapter one can know about what is nebula, and the use of more than half of the 12 types coming up in the story. Also, part of the past of the main character is known, with most of the profile unlocked. And one of the characters in the past, Clarie, is actually related to her. For an adventure stories, who can forget about monsters they will met along the way? For Anya's first fight out towards the world, she was saved by a young man, Zain. He had traveled around the world, and had shared some information regarding of what he had known about Ray, a friend she is looking for.
Moving on, we could see the complex of the world. Alchemist, Mages, Nobles.......just what you can look forward from a fantasy story. Also it started to introduce the agonist of the story: Vyrengr Corvus and the leader of the group, hosting previous incantation of Dark Lord Kyros. It seems like the Dark Lord set to do things they didn't manage to finish in his previous life.
As the story progress, Anya gains new travelling companions --- an alchemist Evalyn; a Black Crow by the name of Vesper; and her childhood friend mage, Edwin. As mysteries deepening, they found new challenges along the way: to find the boy Anya has to save from the Virgo's Letter, Evalyn's missing brother and the origin of this quest----Raymond, Anya's friend, whom she thought was in trouble. In the mist of hunting for new clues to answers, they found another travelling mate, Max the thief and the reunion of Anya's savior from her starting journey,Zain.
With a book full of adventures, magic spells and twisting dramas, it is a truly enjoyable story that I can re-read it over and over again. =)
It's biggest strengths, arguably lie in it's pacing and character development. I won't spoil things, but later on in the story. Characters will do things that will surprise you, because of their alignment and I Felt drawn in and invested in some of the characters. Others I was surprised by their complexity.
The Pacing is something I found quite inspiring, in that it read to me personally that the story had it's own movement, which wasn't too slow, but when it picked up. It picked up, and picked up quickly. However, I felt that the pacing could seem slow to some. But most of that is subjective, person to person. I had no issues with the pacing, and found the movement of actions and events perfectly fine.
I had no real complaints through my read in the story, and I fully intend to purchase the series as it comes out at my own pace.
More on the aesthetic: the magic system depends heavily on the user's astrological signs, with each sign being tied to a different aspect of magic. Astrology is a recurring motif, as many objects and places are named after celestial bodies. The abundance of unnatural hair colors is a bit silly, but I suppose it's in keeping with the theme (you gotta have blue hair). I also like the casual anachronisms. This is a world where people fight with swords, but communicate via holographic displays. Anytime things started to feel a little too "standard fantasy," something like that would pop up to shatter the façade.
Plot-wise, this book is very much "beginning of a series" material. Many threads are left unresolved, but the author delivers a satisfying conclusion by handily tying up the main one of this particular book. I also liked the characters; while they had diverse and relatable personalities, I felt there were too many to keep track of towards the end.
This brings me to the book's flaws. The most salient problem is style. The author uses "mm," "eh...?" and "..." with extreme and jarring frequency. That didn't diminish my enjoyment so much, but it was very ostentatious. Second, the source material ensures that the whole "power of friendship" theme is very prominent, and while I didn't find it cloying or saccharine, others may disagree. Third, the plot hinges heavily on a prophecy, which is about is hackneyed as plot devices come, but I felt it was handled okay.
So, while it's not perfect, I still enjoyed it. I would strongly recommend it, and I eagerly await the next in the series.