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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.
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Posted August 15, 2014
As a part of the Prossia blog tour, Raphyel was kind enough to offer a copy of his book if I would do a review. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, but I thought I’d give it a shot. At worst, I would retract my offer of review. At best, I’d find an entertaining read.
Prossia surprised me.
Warfare is a large part of Prossia. An alien girl, Alyichai, lives on the planet Gooliun. Her people train from the time they are young to be warriors in case the call for war is sent out. Aly is friends with Cattalice, another high level warrior from her home planet. Aly is different than the others of her tribe because she cannot control her “being”, a weapon others of her tribe use like a natural laser. Aly makes herself better at weapons to make up for the lack of being.
Her people know what her differences are, but they are forbidden to explain them to her. Everyone ignores her differences past the usual childhood teasing.
Aly and Catty are called off to war with their fathers and other members of the planet. Aly becomes a force of destruction. We learn she is a mutation of her people, something called a Sungstra. They are beings capable of extreme warfare. She survives many harrowing trials, surviving through war only to be presented with a choice: Go the way of her people, or set off on her own in search of truth.
I really enjoyed reading the battle scenes, especially later in the book when Aly learns more of her abilities. She disposes of her foes in particularly brutal ways. I liked the play between Aly and her father and the almost opposite relationship between Catty and her father. Tradition versus innovation.
The book really could have used another run through an editor. There were repetitions of “shriek” and “ticking time bomb”. Toward the end of the book, every time someone shrieked or used the phrase ‘ticking time bomb’, I grit my teeth. Ears would “whimper down” and “frown”. Instead of using the word “passed”, it was simply “pass”. When speaking of someone’s middle, it is “waist”, not “waste”. Some of the beings would not “trot” off to do bidding, especially the giant mountains of people termed “heavies”. The villain of the story “trotted” to the heroine in the big fight scene when walking slowly and deliberately toward her would have been much more powerful. I’m anal enough to notice things like that over the course of a book and at times I really had to push through and ignore improper usage and repetition. That was the major flaw of the book.
The ending really wasn’t what I was expecting. I wanted to see Aly take down an entire city of bad guys all by herself, Rambo-style. I was vaguely let down.
All in all, the story is entertaining and kept me flipping pages. Despite the editing errors, I did enjoy the read. I was impressed enough with the book, even with its flaws, to buy a copy despite having a review copy. Raphyel is a great storyteller and I hope he continues this series. I have to find out if the epilogue ends horribly. If it does, Raphyel and I are going to have words.
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 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.