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Nophek Gloss

Who loves world-building? Me too! I have a book you should read ASAP. The novel I speak of is “Nophek Gloss” by Essa Hansen. Essa Hansen has created an incredible world with excellent characters with a unique and plot that feels more vast and sprawling as you dig into this book, putting a “space opera” aspect on a novel that checks so many boxes. Essa Hansen shows a huge amount of faith in her readers being that “Nophek Gloss” isn’t going to be recognizable and is not a real term that one can simply “Google”. Nophek Gloss is explained only through this story and becomes familiar to her reader as the story unfolds. Huge props to Essa Hansen for her ENORMOUS “lady balls” to take that sort of risk, especially in regards to how successful and important to the story Nophek Gloss ends up being. BRAVO! Reading sci-fi has only recently become an option for me. I had small-mindedly counted it out with the suspicion I would inevitably bore me with an uninteresting, confusing plot with a set of characters that were not complex, rather, just Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, and the comical side character made from metal, who would bore me to death. I was wrong about every single preconceived notion I had. Nophek Gloss encompasses many important topics and themes I needed in the persuasion to FINALLY pick up a sci-fi novel, and I am so glad I did.

Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen begins in a unique but earth-like setting on a farm. Nothing “out of this world” about that right? Well, hold onto your seat. The cattle on this and every other local farm is suffering, plagued by something making the cattle sick leading to the death of all cattle. The affected community is unable to raise cattle being raised to feed an unknown entity in which we soon learn to be a species you’d hope never to encounter.

The novel begins taking shape and I start to realize how magical Essa Hansen’s storytelling and prose is. The world-building was mind-blowingly vast, ever changing, and compelling with interplanetary travel and ever-changing politics, history, laws, and more. For the first time, I found a level in my imagination I previously was unaware I had or could explore.

There are many characters you will meet in “Nophek Gloss”, but for me, the most relatable was Caiden that brought forth a story full of bravery, empathy, courage, in which I honestly couldn’t put down. The odds are stacked against him the entire novel with a cast of evil, relentless characters, yet Caiden never gives up. Caiden’s character traits, the massive world, and compelling storytelling are what shaped my experience with “Nophek Gloss”.

In the end of the first installment of “The Graven Trilogy”, I became a real fan of the themes, ideas, storytelling, and a cornucopia of personally relatable aspects that I can’t wait to build upon with the last two novels in “The Graven” trilogy!

 

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Nophek Gloss

Matthew Sorenson

I am a husband to my beautiful wife Ashley and a daddy to three young boys and daughter! I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, authors, illustrators, and all other aspects from the writing process to the many aspects of publishing, both Traditionally Published & Self-Published, and their differences. I host a ton of interviews on my YouTube Channel and have just started my journey with written reviews here at "Before We Go Blog"!

2 Comments

  • R H Snow says:

    This is the greatest review ever written, primarily for the words “Lady Balls”. Other major props go to the Matt, the Reviewer, for rewarding the Author’s Title Gambit. It is a great risk for an Author to challenge readers; Matt’s willingness to read deeply and consider the true nature of her book is a big payoff, not just for Hansen, but also for us as future readers…

    I am looking forward to reading more from Essa, and from Matt as well. Bravo!

    • Matthew Sorenson says:

      Honored completely to read this R.H. Snow! I appreciate every word you shared about Essa Hansen and myself! Thanks for the ego boost! LOL

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