4 out of 4 stars
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After the Final War, the Earth became a dystopian post-apocalyptic scenario where Devan Elaniel, the Archon of New City, tries to rule the world. His next objective is to obtain power and immortality by consummating a bonding ritual with Tabitha Norean, one of Erafel’s descendants, on her twenty-first birthday. However, she found out that she wasn’t the only descendant when she met her sister Ariel Water, who seems to have clairvoyant powers that might change their destinies. Now that Tabitha’s twenty-first birthday is coming, she needs to find out what to do to prevent the achievement of Elaniel’s ambitions while trying to understand her own origin.
New City Chronicles: Book II - The Eye of the Storm by E.L. Hendrix is a sci-fi/fantasy novel narrated by Mark Verigratu, Ariel’s husband, from the first-person and third-person perspective. The book has a map, a glossary of terms and acronyms, and a list of characters to help the reader understand the novel’s environment better. It brings several aspects from sci-fi books, but it also has suspense and mystical elements. For example, we see creatures named carmelineals, who can mimic and possess people.
My favorite part of the book was the author’s ability to construct the world with detail. The entire scenario has complex stories from the world’s past, ceremonies, and prophecies. Nevertheless, various other details contribute to compose the novel’s atmosphere. For example, the author makes the characters ask questions that the reader might think too, connecting the loose ends. Besides, we can find jargon for specific areas, noble titles, and even chemical substances. The book brings the reader inside the book with those terms and descriptions that make it even more engaging and plausible, even though it is a sci-fi novel.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy in this amazing novel. The character development is excellent, as well as the world’s construction and the dialogues. Furthermore, I can say that this book seems professionally edited since I found only a few errors in my reading, and they didn’t disrupt me.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is an exceptional sci-fi book with a unique world construction, interesting characters, and an engaging narrative. I recommend this book to those readers who love dystopian sci-fi books with magical creatures and a lot of suspense too. However, I don’t recommend it to those readers who are sensitive to the themes of physical and sexual abuse since this book might be triggering to them.
New City Chronicles
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