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The Fourth Mandate (Society for Paranormals) (Volume 4) Paperback – July 22, 2015
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About the Author
Vered Ehsani has been a writer since she could hold pen to paper, which is a lot longer than she cares to admit. She lives in Kenya with her family and various other animals. When she isn’t writing or running a radio show, she pretends to work as an environmental consultant. Visit Vered and her world of African paranormal thrillers at http://veredehsani.co.za and get a free book. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org – she loves to hear from her readers.
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Beatrice Knight, the fierce and funny heroine of Vered Ehsani's series of novels about the Society for Paranormals, has gotten married, much to my chagrin owing to the fact that I've harbored a not-so-secret crush on her since she first appeared in "Ghosts of Tsavo."
That aside, in "The Fourth Mandate" Ehsani spins another wildly imaginative tale in which Beatrice - an occasionally proper Victorian widow - deals with a vengeful giant praying mantis as well as a demented dwarf bounty hunter; must try to once again rescue her late husband Gideon (he's a ghost); and come to grips with a monstrous betrayal by the man who not only heads the society but who also served as her surrogate father when her own parents were killed.
Oh, and, yes, she must also cope with wedding plans that have been made more difficult as a result of her encounter with Koki, the giant praying mantis. (I won't tell you why they have been made more difficult because that would spoil the surprise.)
This is the fourth book in the series and once again Ehsani uses her considerable writing talents (and equally considerable sense of humor) to mine the rich vein that is African myth and legend. In addition to the praying mantis - who can also appear as a stunningly beautiful woman - Ehsani has also introduced her readers to Koki's husband (a giant spider), a lightning god, shape-shifting girls and their shape-shifting mother (they all can turn into lions), a man who can turn into a giant bat (he's married to her cousin), and a host of other amazing - if not always friendly - characters. She also provides her readers with a glimpse of what life was like in late 19th-Century Nairobi when it was little more than a railroad construction camp.
This book is actually a twofer: In addition to "The Fourth Mandate," Ehsani has given her readers a novella that details how Beatrice first met Koki and why the giant praying mantis has no love for our intrepid heroine. Told with the same sense of adventure - and humor - as her longer books, "That Night in Lagos" is an excellent read on its own.
Part Steampunk, part paranormal adventure, and great fun: "The Fourth Mandate" is a wonderful read and a book I highly recommend.
It is so nice to be back with characters I feel have become old friends and I just really want more. After this book, I have more questions and of course want more answers.
My slight issue is Prof Runal went all the way to Nairobi to warn Bee about the dwarf when earlier, he had sent her to Lagos to face Koki and she survived? It seems as if there's a lot more to it than that and it isn't answered here so that bummed me out a bit. But the action is still lots of fun, coupled with Bee's wit.
I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Also, the excerpt at the end that shows us what happened with Koki was a great read. Confused me at first because I already read about the encounter in the last book but this is longer and more in depth and of course, more time with Bee is always good!
Can't wait until the next book is out.
Even though Beatrice began the series as a strong willed woman feeling very much alone, she ends up in the midst of her adventures surrounded by family and friends that love her and not only understand her but belong with her. Who doesn't love a story like this? Plus with a great romance to boot? I can't wait for the next book.
Be sure to buy this one! It's exciting, fun, and worth reading!