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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Phoenix Rising by C.S. Wade is a spellbinding opening in the Anunnaki Wars series, an action-packed sci-fi story with phenomenal characters. A poem written by an anonymous Malkuth five hundred sars ago could be a prophecy, one of the most sacred texts in the temple and one not available to the public. A strong, yet elusive enemy has set his eyes on the Anunnaki Empire and is determined to have it, come what may. Powerful armies rise against each other, bloodshed and anarchy punctuate the daily life of the people. Can the Council of Nine and the High Temple of the Seer of Radiance find the wisdom to halt the carnage? It is against this backdrop that a young warrior queen and two brothers will fight for their people, but with the enemy growing stronger by the day and becoming more cunning, what chances do they have of beating him?
The narrative begins in the midst of action and against a setting that is so beautifully imagined and captured with vivid images. C.S. Wade’s prose is exotic and I enjoyed the invention of names and places and even the cycle of time. I love sci-fi that reinvents the world and creates a unique civilization and the author knows how to do this. The plot is intricately done with a wide array of characters, skillfully developed. The author balances exciting narrative and fascinating dialogues with breathtaking descriptions of scenes, characters, and elements of the setting. The reader can follow the cinematic action in their mind and they can easily see the characters. The atmospheric writing and the ability to paint images in the minds of readers make this story even more enjoyable. Phoenix Rising is a great book for fans of sci-fi, a story that is transporting and hugely entertaining.