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Opaque (Scion Saga) by Cālix Leigh-Reign is a powerful debut, a compelling psychological novel that deftly combines romance with the unusual mental workings of a growing cynic, creating an engaging story that will take most readers by surprise. Adam Caspian is misanthropic, a troubled young man who is susceptible to thoughts of suicide, contemplating the demise of humanity endlessly. But what could have been looked at as a psychological condition soon becomes a key that unlocks his exceptional gifts. Now he is on a mental journey toward self-discovery.

It’s interesting to watch as the character develops, embracing a relationship that transports him beyond himself with the Afro-Russian Carly Wit, a girl with peerless beauty. Watching him as he explores his roots, unveiling mysteries about his past and coming to terms with himself will be a mind-blowing experience for readers.

The language is superb, filled with symbolism, and evocative. The opening of the story offers readers a powerful idea of what the protagonist feels, introducing the duality of darkness and light that will permeate the mental struggle that dominates the book. “Darkness and light cannot occupy the same space at the same time, so I’ve always known that one had to die in order for the other to thrive. The struggle has been, which one for which purpose. I could never have imagined that my stygian thoughts would ever be elevated high enough to where they’d soar among biologically evolved human beings.”

For a debut, Opaque (Scion Saga) is a huge success, and the author comes across as a master storyteller, and readers will be amazed at the psychological depth of this novel, an area that is well explored and borders on the paranormal. The characters are hors pair, well-imagined and beautifully laid out in a story that is filled with twists and surprises. This is a page-turner, an exciting story, and a huge promise for a debut.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Nnylluc Book Group LLC
Publish Date 2016-08-04
ISBN 9780997923988
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Issue December 2016
Category Young Adult


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