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Posted November 20, 2012
Prossia is an interesting scifi offering by Raphyel Jordan. The story follows a young lady whose planet is filled with a people who have pretty amazing agility and are known for their martial prowess. Aly seems to be pretty typical Goolian teenage girl, but life is about to change drastically. She and a a whole lot of other Goolians are getting shipped off to another planet to fight in a war against the Cyogen.
Raphyel sent me a print copy of his book to review and the first thing that popped out at me was the art. Raphyel is also a talented artist and in the back of the book (I always flip through a book cover to cover when I get it) there are a few character profiles with sketches. Considering there are no human characters I thought this was a great idea to help get an idea of the appearance of some of the more unique characters.
The fact that the protagonist was a teenage girl was a bit of a turn off to me. Although she was a well written teenager, the constant self-doubt always throws me off a bit. I like characters that are a bit more self confident.
I really liked the various alien races especially the Hethroycken. The gradual unveiling of the Sungstra subspecies of Goolian added a level to the story as well. The combat sequences were exciting and well written, though there was an element of the story that didn't really appeal to me all that much. I can't say what it is without ruining a major part of the book so I'll just say it was a matter of personal preference and not an inherent flaw in the book. I'd give the book 3.5 stars if that was allowed but since it's not I can round up to a 4 with a clear conscience.
Posted June 17, 2012
Prossia is the first science fiction novel I've read not centered around humans. I was hesitant when accepting to review it as I wasn't sure if I'd be able to relate to the characters. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised at how developed and relatable the characters really were. Aly is a Goolian any reader can follow, a Young One with problems of both a basic and galactic nature. I enjoyed her interactions with her companions, especially Catty who, despite differences between the two, is really a good friend.
The novel is filled with vivid descriptions and action scenes that keep the reader on edge. However, I found the dialogue somewhat awkward. I understand that it would be different from regular speech but as I was reading it pulled me away from the story more than anything. It was one element I couldn't get used to. Other than that, Jordan keeps the reader enthralled with an adventure to span the galaxy.
I found Prossia to be an interesting read. Science fiction isn't my absolute favorite genre but I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to travel to a whole new world, meet a Goolian or two, and go on quite the adventure. There is some language and violence but Prossia is suitable for young adults and up.
Posted February 4, 2012
Posted October 28, 2010
This is a very good read for sci-Fi lovers. The characters are very unique, and nicely thought out. Ally and Catty, the main characters, bump heads, but are very good friends in reality. Their world is a very unique and interesting place. A very good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.