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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  89 reviews
WINNER 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Fantasy!

On the heavily forested planet of Lumin, the Network has slept, dormant, for over six hundred cycles. Only a select few remember that it resides beneath the crust of the planet, waiting, and for them, the battle for Lumin’s future has raged in the shadows.

When Mia Jayne’s path crosses with an ancient volume in the Ar
Paperback, 477 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Willowslip Press
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Roberta Jayne
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
"It was a smallish brown leather volume with an intricate leafy design in faded gold on its binding and across the cover. Centred on the front was a large golden medallion of an open lotus flower with an owl crouched in the centre, wings spread as if to take flight."

Compendium, a new fantasy release from debut author Alia Luria, can only be described as a beautiful and compelling, memorable experience. Intricately described scenes and locations; fascinating bold characters and a vivid new world
What I liked: This book is fantastic in the way it explores the possibilities of melding science fiction and fantasy into a world. The types of gourds this story introduces and the way that the story explains them is so fascinating and (for me) easy to understand. I think it was so interesting to see how the gourds were used and the different types there were, and not to mention you could still eat them afterwards! It was an amazing concept and I love how the trees were used as well in this stor ...more
Ben West
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: I received this book free as an ARC

This was my first giveaway that I won and was very excited to receive it. In fact, I had the book in my hands before I realized I had won as the Publisher and I live in the same city.

Compendium started out very slow and somewhat confusing. After the first ten or twenty pages I could have sworn I missed a prologue or maybe this was actually the second book of a series. Making sure I didn't miss anything, I continued reading assuming things would be explai
Terri M.
"One always has a choice."

Those 5 words sum up Compendium by Alia Luria, the first book in the new Artifacts of Lumin series. They also drive the plot as we follow Mia through a discovery of self and culture.

Chapter 1 drew me into the story. A conflict within the ruling body of Lumin forces the hand of one of the top leaders and the world is thrown backwards in time as the society looses access to the source that powers a quite sophisticated set of technology. I saw hints regarding similar confl
Daniela Ark
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I thoroughly enjoyed Compendium! The perfect mix of fantasy, sci-fi and apocalyptic/dystopian elements, enchanting imagery, and an epic story arc.

My page-turner check marks go to:

✓writing, ✓premise, ✓plot and ✓world-building

4.4 stars

Compendium is a wondrous reading with a very relevant premise to which many of us can relate: the deep connection between an environment and it dwellers and the dilemma of civilizatio
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a very easy book to get into, and an enjoyable, well-written one, at that. From beginning to end, I couldn't put it down. I enjoy finding authors I've not read before and adding great ones to my list of must-reads. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Luria in this series. Her writing style is very descriptive and the book is chock full of suspense and intrigue, which I like very much. And there's nothing I love more than a story that spans long periods of time, with mystery and ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this as an e-book ARC. I was quite pleased to find it was very good. Not pleased that it's the first in a series, apparently, because I'd really like to read more. The story was interesting and it was well-written.

Read my full review, including a rating for content, at
Eric Buffington
Compendium is a book... about a book. When Mia finds herself traded by her father into a secret 'Order' to get him some special healing, she finds herself confused, frustrated, and mistreated. While doing her assigned labor she discovers a book, Compendium that can help her learn what she needs to know to get her freedom and see the open skies and forests again. Sounds really cool!

Compendium is an interesting book to start out a series. I can definitely say the author's style was good, it kept m
I'm not going to summerise the plot because I could inadvertently spoil something, so I'll get right to the review.

Plot wise, Compendium was unique and fast paced. I loved the idea of the interactive book!!! We start with the world Lumin at the brink of destruction. The worlds resources are in trouble and the council decide to shut down The Network for a long time. All the details are saved to the Compendium in the hopes that when the planets resources replenish, the knowledge will be there. Th
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading ‘Compendium’ I was a little confused. This book starts immediately without a prologue or an introduction and I really felt like I was kind of stupid because I felt like I was missing things. Throughout the first few chapters, I kept feeling like I missed some important information and it was a little too slow for me. Fortunately for me, this book became more interesting, easier to read and I felt myself being more and more intrigued how farther I got.

Half way throug
Ren nerdychampagne
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review




Compendium is a wonderfully magical world that will suck you in right by the first page. The characters are all wonderful, lovable, and amazing. The writing makes the world even more fascinating. This book has enough of it all, and even hear
Alia Luria
Aug 12, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everyone! The author, here. I know it’s been a long time, but I’m finally preparing to release the follow-up to Compendium, Ocularum. I have a limited time left on my pre-order campaign located at Publishizer:

Please check it out and support my campaign by pre-ordering a copy of Ocularum and check out my fun bonuses for ordering multiple copies! This campaign will let me:

1. Hire Angela Brown (my editor) to edit Ocularum (GOAL REACHED!)
2. Hire an artist to u
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Note: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set in Lumin, a fascinating world in which energy is drawn from plants and two rival factions debate the best way to protect and progress society. At the start of the story, the ruling counsel implements Gamma Protocol, which involves deliberately shutting down their main energy source, the Core, because current usage was damaging their world. This also means that with no power source, all advanced technology can no lo
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A planet is overwhelmed by the depletion of its resources, and is shutting down. Sound familiar?

The Compendium (the book, as opposed in this case to Compendium, the novel) is a unique text. It is a record of a planet and its people. It can answer questions and extrapolate answers. In the right hands, it is a valuable tool. In the wrong hands ... probably doesn't bear thinking about.

The novel starts out in Lumin Cycle (think year or stardate) 9498. The leaders of Central Counsel have instituted G
Heather Green
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Erika by: It was given to me free for an honest review
Compendium: Book 1 of the Artifacts of Lumin series by Alia Luria

I was torn between 3 stars and 4 stars for this book.
If I could I would give it 3.5 stars.
It was good; easily with the potential to be great.
But it failed to be great because it was inarguably rushed...

This book started out well with much promise. Then there was a horrible rush through some very pivotal occurrences in the latter chapters which left a very sour taste for me. It felt like Luria was rushing to meet a deadline rather
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
There is an ancient battle being waged between the Order and the Druids in Lumin and Mia Jayne has stumbled into the middle of it. After becoming an unwilling acolyte at the Order, she comes across an ancient book, Compendium, with seemingly unending knowledge that it is willing to tell her. Compendium brings her directly into the battle where she learns that her decisions have great impact.

This fantasy novel is the first of the Artifacts of Lumin series. The book opens centuries prior to the ma
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Compendium had a rough start. The first several chapters left me confused and made me wonder if this was either a sequel or if I missed several chapters of information. The start was slow and it was about halfway through the book that I realized that no explanation would come and that I was left to fend for myself. The introduction to the book was sluggish and the important plot points flashed by. I wish more time was spent expl
Juliet Sophie
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I found this book really interesting and descriptive of Lumin and its history, which was very well thought out by Alia. The story was always moving and didn't go slowly at any point. I really liked Compendium and I can't wait for the next book to come out. ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Compendium is a pretty amazing book if i had not received this book from a goodreads giveaway I'm 100% certain I would have picked it up from amazon. Cant wait for book 2. ...more
Rosco Betunada
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
For a first book (I'm fairly sure that this is) the author is "in the game" and probably to stay.

Left to my own devices (what, really, does THAT mean?) I might easily just read fantasy and sci-fi to the exclusion of everything else. This book is somewhat unique in the 'fantasy' category -- and if space-faring humans encounter LUMIN, who know, could be Sci-Fi as well (think "Avatar" and Pandora).

Yes, the planet is a lot like Pandora -- seems the planet is interlaced with an energy/power network c
Apr 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF p. 66. Usually I don't rate books I DNF, but this is scattered and time hoppy (but not in a coherent way) and I just don't see it becoming worthwhile to put (my) time in to see if starts coming together. ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the originality and characters - looking for book 2 !
Barbara Dunbar
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ah, to be sent away for one thing then find you are to become a part of an order of strangers. To be unjustly considered a pretender. Our plucky hero strives to become.
Michael Roy Gross
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story line.

The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is because it ended too soon. I wanted more of the story.
Rita	 Marie
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sff
Excellent plotting and world building, but I thought Mia was not a credible or engaging character. She often seems to do things simply to make the plot move in a certain direction.
Got My Book
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also posted (with a Bonus Author Interview) on my blog Got My Book.

Real Rating = 3.5*

SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of the “Artifacts of Lumin” series. According to the author, “There are currently four books planned in the Lumin series, plus a prequel novella. Compendium, Ocularum, Clavis and Shillelagh. Ocularum is still being written. I hope to have it out by the end of 2016, but that timeline is only an estimate as of right now.”

Although it is made clear that the main character is an adult, I
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Shindi Maria
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)

Compendium by Alia Luria is a wonderful read. I really enjoyed reading this book. The tale enraptures me like no other.

Compendium tells the story of a world called Lumin which is in the verge of extinction and to save it the higher ups of the planet decides to shut down the network to save the planet. The network is to be restored 500 cycles afterwards, but somewhere something went wrong.

The beginning of the nov
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing creation! Compendium picks you up and drops you onto another world. With many fantasies an author will tweak earth and throw in dragons, elves or magic to make it different, and although some of those are my favorites, it takes real skill to create an entire working world.
Ms. Luria gives us a creative environment where the planet itself is a lifesource and is respected and acknowledged by the council when that energy source is abused and damaged. The hard choice to cut themselves
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Alia Luria is an award-winning author. She born April 11, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Tampa, Florida.

She attended Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. She was a voracious reader from the time she was little, graduating quickly from books like Chronicles of Narnia and The Phantom Tollbooth to the likes of Stephen King. She began writing young, including poetry and short stories, s

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