The Nexus Mirror by N. E. Michael

The Nexus Mirror by N. E. Michael
The Chronicles of Enlai #1
Publisher: Asteron Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (364 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

A secret race, locked in two-hundred years of war.

An ancient portal guards the ultimate power.

One girl is the key to it all.

The only question is who will find her first…

The year is 2094. A secret war has ravaged the Earth for centuries, desolating the Enlai race. Every tribe, each with their own powers, must choose a side. The sinister Following has toppled the Alliance, striving for world domination. The Resistance has been beaten into the dust. Now, the fate of the world lies in the hands of one man.

Raiden, typical of most teachers, can’t shoot fireballs from his hands. He can’t read the thoughts from behind a man’s eyes or walk through walls. But when his orphanage is attacked by the very same organization of super-powered thugs who murdered his father, it is up to him to protect his student Sarah from their clutches. Sarah, the last of her tribe, holds the key to an ancient portal called the Nexus Mirror—and with it the last hope of The Resistance.
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A mysterious, powerful new player joins the battle…

Alia had always known she was different. She could sense what others could not, feel what those around her were feeling. But despite her almost psychic intuition, she is alone on the streets. Every penny she earns goes towards taking care of her disabled sister, the only person in the world she has ever loved or trusted. Alia’s entire life is about to change as Roko, the billionaire leader of the Following, shows a particular interest in her, generously taking her in and promising to heal her sister. As Alia rises in the ranks of The Following, unraveling the mysterious of her past, she must make a choice. Should she continue to sacrifice everything on behalf of her sister, even if that means hurting innocent people, or has the time come for her to resist Roko and fight for what is right?

Chronicles of the Enlai

Taking place in the near future, this thrilling sci-fi/fantasy series tells the tale of a secret, formidable race of super-powered beings fighting for the fate of the planet. The action-packed adventure will take you soaring through the skies on genetically engineered dinosaurs, charging the mountaintops with an army of sword-wielding Shadows, and sailing through perilous waters infested with zombies and super-powered pirates. So what are you waiting for? Come join the fight, the world is at stake!

Prepare to look at the world in a whole new way!

Raiden lives a normal life working as a teacher, and he certainly cares for his students. However, at night he has vivid dreams of beings with extraordinary powers. Raiden dismisses the dreams as nothing more than an over active imagination. In reality, his dreams are glimpses into the secret world of the Enlai. Raiden soon discovers that not only are the Enlai real, but they are in the middle of a war and one of his students, Sarah, might be the key to the outcome. Forced from the life he knew, Raiden joins The Resistance in hopes of saving Sarah and all of humanity from the sinister Following. I was intrigued from the moment I started reading, and I couldn’t wait to learn more about the Enlai! However, I must mention that this book contains a lot of graphic fighting and large-scale battle sequences. Readers sensitive to violence have been forewarned.

Mr. Michael chose to tell this story from multiple viewpoints, and I think that format worked very well. I enjoyed seeing the tale unfold from the perspectives of various characters. While I liked Raiden, I especially enjoyed the sections told from Yuran’s point of view. Yuran is chief of the Shadows, and he is not what I expected. He’s known more than his share of sorrow and injustice in the past, but he has not let his anger define him. He’s grown into an excellent leader, and I look forward to reading more about him in the next installment of the series.

This plot is also very well paced. The intense action is balanced by some slower sections and exposition necessary to enlighten the reader concerning the various tribes of Enlai and how they have impacted human history. I will say the intensity of this fantasy goes up a notch toward the conclusion. As I read, I was plunged from one battle into another with just a bit of rest in between. It was a bit overwhelming at times!

I found the world Mr. Michael has created fascinating. I really liked learning about the different tribes and their abilities, and would love to learn more. I have so many questions bouncing around in my mind! For example, what would happen if Enlai from different tribes married and had children? What abilities would their children inherit? Abilities from both tribes, or just one? Or would their children be something completely different?

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read The Nexus Mirror. I can’t wait to learn more about the Enlai, and I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series!

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