Welcome to the tour for Compendium by Alia Luria! This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers.
About the Book
I really loved this book. I read the entire book in two days- I hated putting it down! I’ve read a lot of books about magic and witches, but none of them have had the same idea of magic as Luria’s book. I can’t wait to pick up book two and see where the story goes!
Compendium is about a magical world in crisis. Just as in our world, humans cutting down trees and using fuels is affecting the world, in the world Luria creates, the humans’ use of magic has created a problem that is only solved by taking the magic away. While we see this unfold, most of the book is set in a time long after, when the world has healed and magic is able to return. It follows the story of Mia in her quest to save her dad and the surprises and changes she faces.
I would recommend this book to any more advanced reader. From the beginning, the story keeps the reader’s interest as each twist unfolds, and the way Luria tells the story- from her colorful language and descriptions to the constant movement of the plot- makes it hard to stop reading. As I reached the end, I was disappointed that it was over. I give Compendium five out of five stars- and I can’t wait for part two!
“Oh, blast me to the Core!” she yelled, and patted at the page with her damp, nasty sleeve.
Brother Cornelius wouldn’t be happy if she ruined this archival tome, boring topic or not. Fear gave way to full-on panic when the phlegm of her sneeze soaked into the page and the ink started to fade and change.
“No, no, no!” Mia flipped through the book, but words were fading all over the place. “What in the name of…”
She turned back to the title page and with continuing horror looked at the fading text. The ink shifted, melting into a puddle and reforming before her eyes. She blinked, mouth agape. The title now read Compendium.
Below that, she read aloud, “Alpha Level activation coding complete. Please state your name.”
As she spoke, the text changed again, and an invisible hand inked in additional words below the ones she’d just read aloud.
“Affirmative,” she continued to read. “Please state your name.”
She paused for a moment. “Mia Jayne,” she said, suddenly embarrassed about speaking aloud.
It was one thing to talk to herself, but it was something entirely different to talk to a book. If she wasn’t going daft before, this very well could be proof of an acceleration in her deteriorating mental state.
The book’s text updated itself again. Name acknowledged. Welcome to Compendium, Mia Jayne. Your profile has been created.
“What is this daffy book?” she asked, still staring at the title page in disbelief.
The text in the book obliged her question. Compendium at Alpha Level is a voice-activated knowledge acquisition and storage tool coded to your current profile. Please proceed at your convenience.
“What do you mean by ‘knowledge acquisition’?” she asked, dubious.
Compendium has access to a collection of information that can be searched at your command. It is ready to assist at your convenience.
“What kind of knowledge?”
She probably had gone insane, alone in the dark, but even if she could believe her eyes—and if this book really was doing what it appeared to be doing—if it was an ancient volume, how much could it know about anything current? It had to be archaic and full of misinformation.
Compendium has access to information pertaining to history, politics, engineering, botany, literature, genealogy, and many other topics. Please specify your desired criteria at your convenience.
“Can you stop doing that?” she asked.
To what are you referring? the booked wrote back with an elegant flourish in its script.
“That ‘at your convenience’ thing. It just seems cumbersome. And please stop referring to yourself in the third person. It sounds condescending.”
The phrase “at your convenience” is appended to certain responses to create the feeling of politeness and understanding.
“Well, it irks me,” Mia said. How embarrassing that her first conversation with a book was to complain about its attitude. Its tone was really bothering her, though.
Please confirm that I am correct when I state that you are requesting that I not be polite, the book wrote.
Mia would be blasted if that book wasn’t just a tiny bit snarky. She smirked a little.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR