Book Review 88 + Giveaway: Compendium by Alia Luria

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“One always has a choice.”
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Those 5 words sum up Compendium by Alia Luria, the first book in the new Artifacts of Lumin series. They also drive the plot as we follow Mia through a discovery of self and culture.

Chapter 1 drew me into the story. A conflict within the ruling body of Lumin forces the hand of one of the top leaders and the world is thrown backwards in time as the society looses access to the source that powers a quite sophisticated set of technology. I saw hints regarding similar conflicts within our world related to climate change and power sources. Is what is best for the planet best for the people who inhabit it? Is what is best for the people best for the planet on which they reside? A tough choice is made and the remainder of the book touches on the rippling effects of that choice.

The remainder of the novel follows Mia, a tough independent young lady whose father gives her over to one of the holy orders that is dedicated to preserving and discovering the history and technology of Lumin. The order reminds me a bit of a monastery, commune and university rolled into one. Mia struggles to fit in as she feels she is very different from everyone she encounters. And perhaps she is, but maybe not in the overt ways that appear on the surface.

Mia is the reason I kept reading the book—her and Compendium, the unique piece of technology she acquires which becomes her guide (think Siri without a voice). After the opening chapters, the book slows down a bit as Mia finds her footing with the Order, discovers allies and of course, conflict. I do wish the story had moved a bit faster. It seemed to drag in parts as I started to put the pieces of the who Mia was and her connection to the Order together. I wanted to find out quicker if my assumptions were correct. And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes I get a bit impatient when I read and there is a mystery involved!

I’m still wrestling with the ending. It’s not a cliffhanger, but there isn’t complete resolution either. I didn’t dislike the ending, but I didn’t love it either. While the mystery of Mia is resolved, not much in the greater context of how everything fits into Lumin as it is now is put to rest. Perhaps I was hoping for more of a resolution on those plot points and a different conflict to be the jumping off point into book 2.

Overall, I did enjoy Compendium. The world of Lumin is beautifully drawn, Mia’s strong personality is one I identified with and there were the right amount of breadcrumbs driving me to forward to the end. I would recommend Compendium to others who enjoy books featuring characters striving to discover who they are and how they fit into the greater context of the world in which they live.


About the Book

book review compendium alia luria


Author: Alia Luria
Published on: May 5, 2015
Pages: 273
Series: Artifacts of Lumin #1
Genres: action & adventure, fantasy
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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About Alia Luria

Alia Luria resides in Orlando, Florida with her partner and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. When she is not busy writing her epic sci-fiction/fantasy series, she is very, very busy practicing law as a corporate mergers and acquisitions and data privacy attorney. Apart from writing and reading voraciously, she really enjoys travel and photography and mixing the two. She also spends an inordinate amount of time enjoying fountain pens.


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6 responses to “Book Review 88 + Giveaway: Compendium by Alia Luria

  1. Tanja

    This one is new to me, but new worlds are always interesting too. Anyhow I’m glad you enjoyed it and that the main character seems interesting too. Only too bad about the ending, but still I hope you’ll get better conclusion after the next one. Great review, Terri 🙂

    • The world is quite fascinating and I did enjoy the journey. Thanks for dropping by, Tanja.

      Terri M., the Director
      Second Run Reviews
      Twitter: @2ndRunReviews

  2. It’s a slower paced book, that’s definitely true. I agree though, the breadcrumbs make it easier to keep reading. I thought the world was really unique. It definitely had a strong fantasy feel, which I really enjoyed.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and reviewing!

  3. Alia Luria

    Terri, thank you so much for your thoughtful review. It always nerve wracking putting something out there for people to read, but I appreciate honest reviews even more than rave reviews sometimes, since I’m still honing my craft! I definitely have received the pacing comment from a few readers. I am not just setting the stage for this book but all the ones to come after it, so I felt the need to take my time with Mia’s introduction to the Order. Perhaps the no (obvious) cliff-hanger on the ending is just my personal taste. I hate cliffhangers at the end of books, but I love unsolved mysteries and surprises, so that is the direction I chose, but I can totally appreciate the opposite feeling. There are many surprises in store for book two!

    • I’m looking forward to those surprises, Alia!!

      Terri M., the Director
      Second Run Reviews
      Twitter: @2ndRunReviews