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Legend of the Beemen [Kindle Edition]

Brandie Tarvin
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Book Description

Former yellowjacket queen, Balsa, has taken refuge with her cousin Juniper after the destruction of her own home by the legendary beemen. When other yellowjacket cities disappear, Balsa must choose between her oath of secrecy and her duty to Juniper's children. But the beemen have other plans, and Balsa's choice is not among them.

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  • File Size: 115 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing (May 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087XHYAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! August 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't add anything to the reviews already posted -- except that the story was too short! I do agree I would've liked to have seen the story started a little earlier in the charactor's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different spin on the animal POV genre July 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always had a soft spot for books written from the point of view of animals. Never read one? Think "Ants" or "A Bee Movie," but a book instead of a movie. I am a huge fan of the classic book "Watership Down." This short story by Brandie Tarvin reminded me of some of the reasons I liked that book. I love the fresh spin on culture and society that is displayed when you look at the animal kingdom. You don't have to write in sci-fi or fantasy to explore strange new worlds for the reader. Plenty of these worlds are already available for exploration, if you are daring enough to write about it, or daring enough to read it when offered. "Legend of the Beemen" isn't a story about traditionally cute animals though. This is a story about, of all things, yellow jackets. Yet the author managed to grab my attention and insist that I find emotional attachment to characters I would never have before imagined caring about. Give "Legend of the Beemen" a read and open yourself up to looking at the ordinary world in a new light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read July 3, 2012
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How would you react if no one heeded to your warning? Balsa knows the beemen are coming again but cannot get anyone in the hive to listen to her.

As a child I spent many lazy summer afternoons observing ants, butterflies and other insects as they crawled around on the ground or zipped through the air. It never occurred me to wonder what they were thinking, though. Legend of the Beemen draws the reader into, what for many of us may be, unfamiliar territory with ease. No sooner does the plot begin than you'll begin thinking like a bug. Fear, anger, panic and every other emotion are instantly identifiable by scent and the strict hierarchy of the hive is never to be upset.

The end was a little unusual but it was foreshadowed early on and fits in perfectly with the established tone. After reading it for a second time I cannot help but to agree that this book should not have ended any other way.

I did finish this story wishing we could know more about what happened earlier in the timeline. Ms. Tarvin gives the reader more than enough information to explain why Balsa fears the beemen so fiercely but Juniper's resistance to this threat is never really explored. Is she too afraid to consider the possibility that her cousin is correct? Does she think the beemen's destruction has been exaggerated? Hopefully these questions will be answered in a sequel one day as there is still material here that hasn't been fully explored.

If you're even the slightest bit interested in seeing the world looks from an insect's point of view Legend of the Beemen is definitely the book for you. I know I will never look at insects the same way again.

Originally posted at LAS Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reviews
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More About the Author

As the editor of Tied-In, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) newsletter, Brandie Tarvin has her finger on the pulse of every author who produces fiction with other people's characters. Her first published work, a short story in the Transformers: Legends was anthology based on the popular toy series. Tarvin is now a regular contributor of prose material for the Shadowrun series of role playing games and related fiction.

Tarvin writes for the Blue Kingdoms fantasy series edited by Jean Rabe and Stephen D. Sullivan and is a freelance author for Catalyst Game Labs. She is working on Latchkeys, a collaborative new YA series, is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America (SFWA), the Horror Writer's Association (HWA), the IAMTW and attended the Viable Paradise writing workshop in 2009. She served a term as editor-intern at Musa Publishing and guest-edited several issues of Penumbra eMag.


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