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Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite
In Compendium (Artifacts of Lumin Book 1) by Alia Luria, Mia Jayne discovers a book that will change her planet forever. A battle has been waging beneath the crust of her home world and with this new discovery, the battle will be brought to the surface. It's conscience vs heart. Freedom vs captivity. Past vs future. You always have a choice and that can change everything.
Wow, wow, wow. Talk about unique. This sci-fi fantasy world that Alia Luria has created in Compendium will blow your mind away with its balance between detail and breezy pleasure. There's so much information to absorb here, but you never feel too overly burdened. And the characters could be my next door neighbors; they're so realistic. I really feel that the planet of Lumin exists out there in the galaxy. That is a difficult thing to achieve when the author is talking about fantasy stories.
The society on this planet has its own aura to it. There are little quirks about the way people talk and interact that creates a civilization to rival Tolkien and Lewis in its detail and spread. If you have plans for the next few days, do not pick up this book. I repeat: do not start unless you are willing to read for hours on end, gripped by the racing story line and breathtaking intrigue that fills the pages. I cannot wait for the next book to come out and I hope the series continues for many more books after that. I'm bookmarking this author because I know I will fall in love with every word she writes. Wow.