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Zepharius: Volume 2 – Mel Synder | A Book Review

Zepharius - Volume 2 - Mel Synder

Title: Zepharius: Volume 2

Author: Mel Synder

Genre: Science Fiction

About the book: It’s the second novel in the series. The narrative follows Zepharius as she joins forces with a group that doesn’t trust her in order to protect the planet.

I received a free copy of the novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: The second volume picks up right where the first book left off. I found the pacing of this novel faster, since there’s less world-building.

Characters: The story mainly revolves around Zepharius, but the secondary characters grew on me as I got to know them better.

Quote:

“Attachment can cause someone to overlook all sorts of transgressions.”

Writing: It’s not too long or too short at 300 pages. Snyder is quite descriptive, but the chapters are short. The book is independently published, so there are spelling and grammar mistakes scattered throughout. While the book has glossary at the end, I wish some of the made-up words were defined as they appeared.

Final thoughts: Overall, the premise had potential for an interesting read, but it could’ve been written better. That said, I liked the second novel a little more than the first.


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Zepharius: Volume 1 – Mel Synder | A Book Review

Zepharius - Volume 1 - Mel Synder

Title: Zepharius: Volume 1

Author: Mel Synder

Genre: Science Fiction

About the book: It’s the first in a series following Zepharius who realizes the world she lives in isn’t what it used to be.

I received a free copy of the novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I was intrigued by the premise because I thought it had potential to make for an interesting story. For the most part, the author builds the world in the beginning.

Characters: There aren’t too many characters to keep track of, as the narrative mainly revolves around Zepharius. She’s a likeable and relatable protagonist. The secondary characters are unique, juxtaposing each other well.

Quote:

“I can only look forward to the next days of my expedition and hope for clarity to become my reward in the end.”

Writing: It is an independently published book with some spelling and grammar mistakes. The story’s told in first person from the protagonist’s perspective. The author spends time describing many aspects of the world.

There’s a map and a visual guide of weapons as well as other objects mentioned in the story. There’s also a much needed glossary with pronounications and translations. The novel isn’t too long or short at around 300 pages.

Final thoughts: The pacing picks up near the end, and it sets the stage for the next novel in the series.

If you like sci-fi about different worlds, you might enjoy Zepharius: Volume 1.


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