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Nemesis: Book I of Indigo [Mass Market Paperback]

Cooper Louise
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books (1 Feb 1990)
  • ISBN-10: 5550906198
  • ISBN-13: 978-5550906194
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Artfully done 28 Sep 2007
Everyone, at some point in their lives, has done something they regret. Whats amazing is that someone in Nemesis did not do it before Princess Anghara.
I love this book. In books such as this you have to read it until a pivotal event occurs. It is as much of a spiritual journey as it is a fantasy. If it is true that all suffering results from desire this story teaches to look at the bigger picture.
Nemesis is a nice length and an easy read despite the depth of the subject matter. There is closure while leaving an opening for the following books in the series. Artfully done.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read 5 Jan 2004
By susanuk
This book is one of the poorest books written by Louise Cooper. It lacks the usual ambigiousness and mystery that is commonplace in her books. The storyline is very straight-forward and predictable. However, I have never read the following books in the Indigo series, so the plot may improve (hopefully)!!
The book focuses on Princess Anghara and how she brings about her kingdom's downfall by opening Pandora's box. She then embarks on a long journey in an attempt to repair the damage.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic Pandora 2 Feb 2003
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on Amazon.com
I read Louise Cooper's Time Master trilogy and the first book of the Time Master prequel series (when Chaos rules), and enjoyed them for their chilling, vivid imagery. They were un-put-downable. I had to read through the night to finish them. Cooper has one of the most original, malign, and imaginative minds in the fantasy business. When I was unable to locate the two other books of the Time Master prequel, I started working my way through one of her earlier series: the Indigo books, of which "Nemesis" is the first.

"Nemesis" is the story of a Celtic Pandora named Anghara who opens the wrong box and lets evil back into the world. There are large sections of imaginative, Cooperesque fantasy and well worth reading. In fact, I've already ordered the second book in the Indigo series. However, overall I'd have to guess that 'Nemesis' is one of Cooper's first ventures into fantasy. The heroine is an arrogant, impulsive, headstrong adolescent who doesn't really change through the course of the book, even though her whole family is slaughtered by the demons she frees, and her lover is condemned to purgatory until she can rescue him.
The lover is the character I really feel sorry for. He is brave, kind, and completely innocent of wrong-doing and yet he is condemned to a particularly awful life-in-death while Anghara-Indigo escapes pretty much unscathed from her own act of wickedness (her hair turns gray and a few months into the plot, she sprains her ankle).

With occasional pick-me-ups from the Earth Mother, Anghara-Indigo sets out to recapture the demons she let loose on the world, hindered by her nemesis (an evil copy of herself with what appear to be vast supernatural powers) and helped by a talking wolf.
'Nemesis' is a good fantasy and worth reading, just not as good as Cooper's later books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical fantasy! 15 Jan 2004
By iadorebooks - Published on Amazon.com
I couldn't disagree with the other reviewer more, when he said that this wasn't as good as coopers other works. perhaps, i am biased, since i have read the whole series, and know how much indigo changes after the first book.
in fantasy, we are not used to seeing a "hero" character in a less than flattering light, and frankly, the reader is left to wonder what on earth is so wonderful about this princess!?! she is a brat, spoiled, selfish and very short sighted.....but then of course, only someone like that would go to the tower and do the forbidden, open the box.
in this, the first in the 8 part series, we meet indigo in another life, the life before the tower, before she lost everything due to her foolishness, and her quest to right what she has done, the life before she became indigo (which is the color of mourning for her people). never will she speak of what she has done, of where she came from, or who she really is, her life is now the hunt. the demons she let loose when she went to the tower and opened the box must be caged again, that is what indigo does and is what she is, a hunter. no matter how tired, confused and lost she gets, she must find them, to save her love, her family and all that she ever held dear. this is a journey of a girl into a woman, a princess into a hero and above all, it is a story of redemption and loyalty.
not only would i tell you all to read this book, but i would tell you to hunt and hunt until you can find the whole series and read it in full, just to see how indigo becomes more than she ever imagined and pays a higher price than most saw coming.......
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