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Compendium: Artifacts of Lumin Book One by [Luria, Alia]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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About the Author

Alia Luria lives in Orlando, Florida with her partner and their two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, neither of which is named Hamish. When she is not writing far-flung tales, she practices corporate and privacy law.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1889 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Willowslip Press; First Edition edition (5 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T44VIFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excellent debut novel and start to a series. To address some of the other reviews that pointed out the book’s slow pace: I think those readers are just not familiar with the fantasy genre. In a category where books regularly take up to 100k words to start a story and introduce a cast, Compendium is fairly fast paced and you’re hooked at a very comfortable point. In fact, I think the book would have been better if it was longer and more time was taken to flesh out the world. It’s perfectly okay as it is, but I think there’s a lot of room for exploration (perhaps in later installments). A lot of fantasy books are slow to start. It’s sometimes necessary to saddle in the reader to the world, and as a corollary, the genre rewards readers who are patient and commit themselves to getting immersed into a world.

The world of Lumin is very believable with tiny details about creatures and forestry always bringing things alive. The characters have a consistent vibe to them, and it feels natural that these are the kind of people that would live in that world (i e, there’s no disconnection between the macro and micro levels of world building). The story arc was great, and while the ending doesn’t resolve every thread, it’s good enough to keep you waiting for the second book. Without revealing any spoilers, I just want to say (addressing the complaint that the ending felt rushed), I just read Red Rising before this, and Robert Jordan before that, and both of those books (which are very commercially successful) have much faster climaxes. The ending here felt fine, if a bit too intentional in its effort to setup book 2.

My only complaint is with the main character.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Compendium is a true fantasy story written by Alia Luria and it is the start of a new series. This book is a great start to Alia Luria’s introduction into the world of fantasy reading. It is a fast paced book that introduces the characters past and present rather quickly. The reader can grasp the plot of the book and not be confused when shown the past and the present.

As most fantasy story goes the Planet of Lumin is in grave danger and decisions must be made to ensure the survival of the planet. As with all decision that have to be made on their survival someone has to step up to make the hard choices even with knowing that the people will not like the choice. However, you have to do what is best regardless of what everyone else wants.

You will be introduced to quite a few characters throughout the book. There will be some that you automatically like, some you won’t, and some that will completely surprise you. I do not want to give anything away and spoil the book for potential readers. I will say that if you like fantasy that has romance, mystery, redemption, and betrayal then you will really enjoy this book. I can say that I am looking forward to the second installment of Compendium to find out what will happen with the World of Lumin and the Core.

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It took time for me to get to the fleshy parts but once there a good read I recommend this book.
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Compendium is a fast paced sci-fi adventure.

The planet Lumin hosts a technologically advanced society that draws its power from the planet's trees and fauna that network together to provide an internet style source of data transfer. Due to overuse the planet is dying and the Ministers have decided to initiate Gamma Protocol - shut down the network for 500 cycles (years)to give the planet chance to rejuvenate. Not everybody is happy about this change.

650 cycles in the future much of the history of the planet before the "fall" is lost to time. Mia Jayne has lived a nomadic existence with her father until he becomes ill and sends her to the mysterious "Order" to ask for help. Here they tell her he has exchanged their help in return for Mia joining the Order as an acolyte.

Over the next year Mia learns a lot about love and friendships as she navigates the mysteries of the Order and tries to discover the secrets of the time before. After discovering one of the few remaining artifacts of the time before the fall, Compendium; an interactive book that can still access the remains of the network, Mia is drawn deeper into the Order's quest to discover what happened to their planet, why Gamma Protocol hasn't stopped, and how to stop the Order's enemies, the Druids, finding the answers to the mysteries first and using the knowledge for selfish gain.The story clips along at a fast pace leading up to an explosive ending.

Interestingly, despite all characters being adults the novel reads very much like a YA in all the good ways; it is quick, plot driven, uses simplistic language and contains no sex. So there are no pages and pages of descriptions of the sun setting over the treetops, internal monologues for seven or eight paragraphs and no spurious literary or musical references designed to make reach for the Wikipedia app.
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