Zodiac by Romina Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
Rhoma Grace is a
16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the
stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate
astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so
instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.
a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet
off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved
Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s
new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will
protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.
Then, when more
Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a
pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of
Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now
Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias,
her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac
to warn the other Guardians.
But who will believe anything this
young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by
differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one
Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the
first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy
inspired by the astrological signs
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I found about this book as I searched for something new on the sci-fi genre. Then the cover was revealed and I liked the book even more. Then I finally got the book in my hands...
And what did I find?
Rho is from Cancer, a beautiful contellation with vivid seas and honest, good people. When tragedy strikes she will find herself in a very difficult position and then her adventure will begin. Along with her is Mathis, her Guardian and Hysan a Libran with witts and humor.
Now here's the thing. I don't, really, really don't like love triangles. And after the ending of the first book, I hope nothing similar will be repeated. I will stay at that.
On the other hand this book had the greatest world-building I have ever seen. It was truly beautiful, original and the concerpt of the evil was also something between magic and physics. Rho is a timid character but as the story progresses she becomes stronger. Mathias and Hysan also add on the spice along with a row of secondary characters who either help or try to stop Rho from her mission. Some scenes between the protagonists were really great but some others, ehh, not so nice *shrugs*.
As for the second book, I really want to see more romance and this time, please make it worth. Overall, this was a good debut.
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