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Blades of the Old Empire: Book I of the Majat Code (Code of the Majat) Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2014
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“If you’re in the mood for a fun fantasy with mercenaries, an evil brotherhood, then, yes, give Blades of the Old Empire a try.”
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- Every Book Deserves to be Read
“Strong roots and parallels to history keep the reader grounded and enrich the world of this novel while magic and the characters keep it fresh and interest.”
- Heather McCorkle
“This book is action packed from the very first page, and is a good start to a series that I will look forward to reading more of.”
- Avid Reviews
“You get fast-paced travel with political intrigue and danger, amazing martial arts fights of extreme skill, cultural immersion from around the world, and a little hint of romance without ruining the tough fighter feel… I really cannot express enough times how highly I recommend this story to everyone.”
- In Pursuit of My Own Library
“I really enjoyed this book despite not being a huge fan of romance-themed novels. I feel it is for those who want more romance in their fantasy while also getting a hefty dose of action, adventure, and intrigue… It was a good book, and well worth the read. I’ll be reading this one again.”
- R.J. Blain
“Each scene is very well written. Action and dialog keep the story moving at a fast clip. The fight scenes were especially well written making it easy to see what was happening. Now I want to see what happens in the next book.”
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Also, I felt mislead by the marketing for this book. I was dragged into this book because the cover and synopsis make this book seem like this book is about Kara, an awesome Majat warrior doing awesome things, but that doesn't even come close to describing what this book is actually about. It's like saying the main character of The Lord of the Rings is Gandalf and the books are about his quest to become Gandalf the White. Yes Kara is an important character who does important things from time to time, but this is far from being her book, and there are many other characters doing many different things that are just as important, if not more important than Kara and the things she does. Kara probably belongs on the cover, but that synopsis really does a poor job at communicating what the book is actually about.
The actual work is interesting and has some really incredible areas. Mostly dealing with the Majat a sect of warriors who sell their swords through a guild to any who can pay their price. The concept itself seems a bit ridiculous and I will be very interested to see how and if the author fleshes the whole concept out in later books. But what I did like was her use of these characters and their personalities in the book. The main two non-Majat characters Kyth(a prince) and Ellah(a lady in waiting?) Were both pretty stereotypical. The politics in the book were also pretty wrote and typical. The Majat storyline that is interwoven throughout these very typical fantasy tropes is excellent and certainly worth reading the book for. In fact, as the book progress most of the uninteresting, typical things fall mostly to the wayside and the main Majat story takes over. Which is good… But I really would have preferred the author not take so much time to get to their destination.
While I didn’t love the book by any means, there was plenty of good to outweigh the boring and typical. The reader just has to take the time to get there. If you take the time, I’m sure you’ll like the book as much as I did.
Kara is one of the ultimate warriors called Majat in this novel. She is of the highest rank/skill, a Diamond (they are ranked by gems). Generally only royalty can afford them and in the opening of the book we find Kara playing bodyguard to Prince Kythar. Right off the action starts with an attack on the Prince using long-forgotten magic that almost succeeds except for Kara and her unexpected immunity to this magic. Given this its more important than ever that the Prince renew her contract which is set to expire. A simple thing that should be routine turns into anything but. The King doesn't want it renewed because the Prince is in love with Kara, which is impossible since as a royal he must marry for reasons of state. Other mysterious forces at work also don't want the contract renewed and go to extreme lengths to make it so. Ultimately Kara herself must make a devastating choice, duty or honor?
That's one of the two main storylines. The second mostly follows Mai (another Diamond Majat who is bodyguard to the King), and Ellah (newly discovered truthseer). The King and the Mother Keeper (good magic users) are off on a diplomatic mission to get the law overturned that states royalty are not allowed to possess magical abilities so Prince Kythar can rule. Mai follows the King, and Ellah the Keeper to begin training her abilities. The mission is doomed from the start and eventually Mai and Ellah are forced to take off with a fellow Jade Majat to bring much needed back-up.Read more ›
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