The Opree Legacy: Book One: The Promise by L. Anna Lenz
Book One in The Opree Legacy by L. Anna Lenz is set in a dystopian world and follows several main characters as they deal with the harsh realities surrounding them. A vicious war waged by an unknown and seemingly invincible enemy destroyed most of what everyone knew. Millions of people were slaughtered, towns were razed, and entire colonies were wiped out. Everything was destroyed. Nearly 20 years later the rebuilding is still an ongoing process and the monsters of the past have become little more than a myth to many people. The Shadows are the last line of defense against this still largely unknown enemy, but the politicians question if they are still needed. Colonel Cyrus Mason is the leader and founder of the Shadows, but he is beginning to question if the price they are paying to defend the Empire- an empire that has forgotten and abandoned them- is worth it. Nathaniel was only 4 years old when the Navat attacked and slaughtered his entire family. Sent to military school, he is determined to show he belongs there and becomes the best in his class. But he is the outsider; he still doesn’t belong. And the older he gets, the harder it is to find the balance between staying true to his family’s heritage and proving his loyalty to the Empire he serves. Lilly was born into a wealthy family. After being torn from her family and sold into slavery, she escapes and joins a group of freedom fighters. But it doesn’t take long for her to realize something: the cost she has to pay may be too high.
‘The Promise’ is very intense. I actually had to put it down a couple of times, starting with the prologue! I won’t ruin anything by saying why…just be prepared. There are a few times when the writing seems a little disjointed but overall this is a good book. L. Anna Lenz has opened up an amazing new world for us to discover. With three main characters you would think it would get confusing, but she has made it so the story is usually very easy to follow. Even though this takes place in a sci-fi world, the themes and problems are those that most of us can relate to. The characters draw you in, and you are concerned about their plights. You become invested in them- even if you don’t always like them. Although there are some flaws in this book, the potential for an epic series is definitely there. The Opree Legacy is a series that I want to continue reading; I want to find out what happens next!
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