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The Way of the Black Beast - A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy (The Malja Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Jaffe
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Book Description

***For a limited time, you can also get the second Malja book, The Way of the Sword and Gun, for free - check here to find out more: (just copy and paste into your browser)***

Start your adventures with Malja in this action-packed, post-apocalyptic fantasy!

In a parallel world destroyed by magic, one woman fights all odds to survive and find the answers behind her mysterious past.

Facing unrelenting challenges - crazed magicians, guitar-playing assassins, mutated beasts - she pushes through with a single-mindedness that may destroy all she holds dear.

Find out why Fictitious Chronicle called The Way of the Black Beast "incredible and impressive" and Workaday Reads called it "a great start to a series, and I can't wait to see where it goes next."

Interview with the Author

Q - So, what makes The Malja Chronicles special?

A - I’ve been a published writer for almost 20 years, and the most exciting time has been in the last few years. The doors have been blown wide open, allowing writers like me to mix and mash genre in ways that weren’t acceptable a decade ago. So, when I set out to write this series, I wanted to create something that hit upon what I like most in reading. Fantasy, science fiction, wild monsters, a kick-butt heroine, fast-paced style, all rolled into one! Basically, I didn’t let old genre conventions get in my way.

The Malja Chronicles books are a great mix of these genres and more. You won’t find the old fantasy tropes here. No, sire. You'll find the series starts off more in the post-apocalyptic end -- sort of a Xena meets Mad Max vein -- and then later moves into a multiverse which really open up the possibilities!

Overall, The Malja Chronicles is meant to keep you turning the pages - and I've made sure there's never a dull moment.

Q - What order should I read the books in?

A - I’ve written the series in two story arcs. Each book is a full story in itself, but if read in order, you’ll get the bigger story arc as well. In order, they are:

- The Way of the Black Beast
- The Way of the Sword and Gun
- The Way of the Brother Gods
- The Way of the Blade
- The Way of the Power
- The Way of the Soul (coming soon)

Q - So, why should readers give these books a try?

A - Because The Malja Chronicles is a fast, action-packed, thrill-ride adventure! Book 1 has reached the Top 10 on several lists while the series has a whole is my bestselling series.

Ultimately, readers who enjoy high action, cool magic, strange monsters, and new wonders will get a kick out of this series.

Q - Can readers get the whole series in one go?

A - For now, the first three books have been bundled together if people want to save a little moolah and grab all three in one swoop. Once I finish the last book (soon, I promise), I’ll put together a bundle with books 4 - 6. Check out my author page here at Amazon for more details, and a full list of my available titles.

And thanks for reading!

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Other books you're sure to enjoy:
The Malja Chronicles
The Way of the Black Beast (Book 1)
The Way of the Sword and Gun (Book 2) 
The Way of the Brother Gods (Book 3)
The Way of the Blade (Book 4)
The Way of the Power (Book 5)
The Way of the Soul (Book 6, coming in 2015)

Product Details

  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466321849
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stuart Jaffe; 2 edition (September 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NRXT6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hooked! November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Raised by two evil, heartless magicians who think themselves gods, then cast out to fend for herself or succumb to the elements, Malja is a girl just trying to survive in a dangerous world that has been decimated by magic, and where violence is a necessary evil. Throughout her journey she keeps two things close to her: Viper, a straight edge, deadly extension of herself used to destroy anything that might bring harm, and Tommy, the adolescent youth/ magician who attached himself to her side after she saved him from his abusers.

Following the death of the man who saved her, took her in, and acted as a caring and devoted father, Malja is driven by the Black Beast within, seeking revenge. While facing off with a guitar case toting Bluesman, a trained and hired assassin who has managed to stay one step ahead of her, taking out her contacts before she can gain any information from them, Malja finds out that the very men she has been searching for, her "fathers" Jerik and Callib, may just be looking for her too. Following a lead gleaned from the assassin, she finds herself at the home of Nolan, a simple woman with a lot of knowledge. This is where her true journey begins. From there Malja is taken across the desolate and ravaged lands encountering people, creatures, and beings of all shapes, sizes, and colors (yes, I said colors). She is forced to take on others along the way, each contributing in their own way.

Being the warrior that she is, Malja spends a lot of her time denying her need for others, even her enjoyment of their company. She'd much rather go it alone, lessen the complications that come with watching out for the safety of others. Her denial even extends to Tommy who shows his desire to be loved by her, but also recognizes her limitations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visit the world of Corlin December 19, 2011
The Way of the Black Beast by Stuart Jaffe tells the story of Malja. In a world that is suffering a complete collapse after "The Devastation" there is danger everywhere. Magic exists, but seems to take the users sanity a tiny bit with every spell cast. Malja has no magic and has very little use for it. After being raised by two brother wizards who saw her as only a tool and threw her away to survive on her own when she proved a disappointment to them. She is found by "Uncle" Gregory who raises her like his own child, teaching her morals that Jarik and Callib weren't interested in. When the brother magicians send assassins to kill Gregory Malja beings her quest to kill them. Along the way she meets Tommy, a young man enslaved on a ship, who is also a budding magician.

The opening of the book drew me in instantly. Malja fighting with Viper (super cool weapon) and an example of how magic works had me very intrigued by the world. The story keeps a pretty decent rate of action with Malja being very comfortable solving her problems with her weapon. She is not just a psychotic killer as she has period of inner reflection coming to terms with what she does and what she is. There are several characters that end up joining the quest, not all of them getting along very well. The conflict adds a little humor and is used to explain some of the aspects of the world without using an info dump.

There was a point in the book where I started to lose a little interest, I didn't become bored by any means, just lost some of the intensity that was established at the beginning. There were still points throughout the rest of the book that reestablished that level of interest, but one thing I really would have liked to know is the story behind Viper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The way of...exciting! June 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished it like a couple of hours ago and I loved it.
I'm just watching the match of Greece vs Germany, so review to follow ;)
Hmmm...the game was a bummer, so let's talk about the book, which certainly wasn't. :P

I always love female heroines. Which girl/woman doesn't like to shout: Yay Girl!Power"?
Not me. I always love it and maybe that makes me kind of a sexist (lol - although I do enjoy male heroes as well), but it is much easier to sympathize and identify with persons of your own gender.

Anyways, in this respect, "The Way of the Black Beast", did not disappoint.
Malja is a wonderfully complex and likeable character despite her nature - she is after all an assassin - or rather a pretty determined woman good at killing stuff.

Malja knows that till her tenth birthday she was cared for by the magician brothers, Callib and Jarik who were and are extremely powerful and intelligent. They taught her how to fight with a plethora of weapons, how to survive on her own and generally be tougher than any other child her age was or should ever be. Still,despite her best efforts, she could never satisfy them. She was always a source of disappointment for them, especially Callib and the knowledge of this was a real burden and source of heartache for her.
So, when Jarik left her for dead in the woods at ten years of age, to fend for herself, she was devastated, but also angry. Her heart filled with hatred and rage and the need for revenge, till Gregor, the only person she recognized as her father found her and taught her how to read, how to exorcise her demons or try to, and how to be not the person her fathers wanted her to be, but what she wants to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars DB Chapman
Stuart does a fine job of moving the story along at a fast clip. Never a dull minute as Malja fights her way across a landscape of a destroyed world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave Chapman
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not compelling
[Disclaimer: This was read and reviewed at the request of the author, who provided me with a free digital copy of the book in order for me to do so. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adventure in an Intriguing World
Stuart Jaffe’s “The Way of the Black Beast” takes place in a setting I have not seen elsewhere – after the apocalypse on a fantasy world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eric Bakutis
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
One of the best books I ever read! Cannot wait to start the next tomorrow! Three books read, all great!
Published 22 months ago by cmichelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising start to a series!
Full Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book to review in May, so as not to feel rushed or that I wouldn't be able to be objective I put this off to read when I wanted to read... Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by Adriane R
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story, Too Much Information
'The Way of the Black Beast' is a post-apocalyptic fantasy. Malja is a warrior. She's a fighter, she's a loner and she's on a mission to find the two men who hurt her the most. Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Melissa Chesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholly Absorbing!
"The Way of the Black Beast" was totally engrossing - impossible to put down.

The protagonist, Malja is a female warrior on a vengeful crusade through a world replete... Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by MVF
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read...
Reading about Malja's journey had me hooked from the begining. There were so many interesting aspects to this story I can't possibly list them all. Read for yourself!!
Published on August 12, 2012 by bryce
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Beast enchanting
Stuart Jaffe did it again! From the opening sentences, his writing has a way of drawing you - the reader - in and making you thirst for more and more. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by B. Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The Way of the Black Beast was rather interesting - I liked Malja, and despite all the violence, enjoyed the book quite a bit. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by madamediotte
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More About the Author

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, the Gillian Boone series, and much more. His short stories have been collected in 10 Bits of My Brain and 10 More Bits of My Brain. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.

He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review -- a podcast about science, art, and well, everything.

For those who keep count, the latest animal listing is as follows: one dog, four cats, one albino corn snake, one Brazilian black tarantula, three aquatic turtles, assorted fish, four chickens, and a horse. Thankfully, the chickens and the horse do not live inside the house.

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