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- ★★★★★ "The story offers readers a vibrant world full of political machinations, detailed adventure sequences, and varied characters, each with their own specialties and personalities...Perfect for readers who enjoy books where characters have to prove themselves and pass certain tests to achieve their goals, like in Hunger Games or Divergent, or who are drawn to tales of court politics and pack dynamics, this story will appeal to fantasy fans who are looking to get swept away in a new series." -The Book Review Directory
- ★★★★★ "The strong female protagonist, Atae, was...a solid character brilliantly written. Kelly A Nix also does not hold back in writing tough and chaotic battles with multiple moves and brutal results which adds a lot to the intensity of the action. There are many intense scenes that is written with a fun prose and consistently grips you into the story effortlessly." - Literary Titan
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- "Kaji Warriors rocks! Atae shows how to fight, survive, and thrive in world full of surprises and conflicts. Good read, very enjoyable."
- "In her debut novel, Kaji Warriors: Shifting Strength, Kelly A. Nix draws you into the fantasy world of the strong and noble Kaji people. Atae, a young Kaji warrior, fights alongside her classmates to earn her place in the Empire. When Atae's life is threatened by an alien impostor, she struggles, not just to survive, but to also find her true self. Be prepared to plunge into a world of fierce competition, danger and secrecy. Vivid imagery and exceptional story telling will have you captivated from the very beginning, all the way to the end."
About the Author
- Publication date : June 10, 2020
- File size : 2901 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Ignited Publishing LLC (June 10, 2020)
- ASIN : B089LSSBCQ
- Print length : 352 pages
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,479 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kelly did a fantastic job of describing the chaotic battles in an easy to visualize manor. Not a straightforward task when one considers the many intricate moves all occurring at the same time a three-dimensional space. She went a step further to delve into the conflicts and backroom dealings, which add to the drama and suspense.
The story reminds me of the book Hunger Games. I like honorable female warrior plots with women who triumph while the world falls apart around them. Their actual enemies are the influential people in the shadows who secretly pull all the strings and live off the sacrifices of the fallen. The story contains many creative science fiction and fantasy elements. An outstanding balance of the two.
Overall, I really liked this book, with the best part being the creative names. Kelly’s dialog is fresh, and the story she came up with is truly unique. She is a fantastic author with boundless creativity, and while this is the first book in a series, she is off to an impressive start.
I look forward to future books, and I recommended this book to three friends.
When I first started this book, I’m not going to sugar coat it…I was disappointed. The prologue doesn’t pull me into the story. It piques my interest, but it also struggles at the same time. It gives me two characters – one who is unknown and remains so, and the other who is disclosed later in the prologue. I was like…okay, the prologue is a bit muddy, but the first chapter will make up for that. Once again, I was disappointed. It seemed like the author struggled a bit with getting the story going because it took me a few chapters to get into the book. I honestly began to worry that I’d not like the storyline after such a promising blurb. I kept thinking…maybe the author should have written this book in a different “person” instead of 3rd so that I could get into it better. I decided to keep pushing forward in the hopes that the book would start gaining traction and I am glad that I didn’t give up.
This book, after a few chapters, does get interesting. When it gets interesting the story really takes off and I can very easily tell that the author has found her stride and that she’s off to the races. Atae is an interesting character, but she is flawed. As she is the main character of the story I find myself contemplating her quite often. She has been raised and trained that Kaji are strong. Strength comes from more than just physical strength, so I find myself at times getting annoyed with her when I find her lacking in certain areas. Apparently paying attention is an issue for her. There are certain scenes and situations that she finds herself in that I felt that if she had paid attention she could have avoided those particular embarrassing moments. I say this because you can tell by her father’s reactions at times that he’s disappointed in her lack of knowledge which leads me to believe he taught/told her at one time, but she failed to pay attention/grasp the information so it was…unfortunately…lost. Another thing I found myself being annoyed with her about is her own arrogance. Yes, she has her moments of humility and shame, but just like her Prince she has her moments of arrogance, and the moments are highly unwarranted. She praises herself when it wasn’t really HER who overcame or accomplished.
While this story has a variety of alien creatures, the main focus is the Kaji – purebreds, and hybrids. I really like her packmate, Jeqi. You’ll rarely find Jeqi slipping in the observation department and, of course, this is reflected in the story as at the Academy Jeqi is the top of her class. There is a variety of characters in this book, but the author never gets distracted by focusing too much on the ones who aren’t connected to the main character, Atae. Of course, since she has classmates we see them sprinkled throughout in what I feel is an appropriate amount.
This book focuses on two major events – the Tournament and then the Gridiron. Atae is eager to enter the Gridiron, but she has to succeed at the Tournament first. The Tournament is a thrilling part of the storyline and I love that it is broken up into parts and that it doesn’t all happen at once. It definitely has a Hunger Games theme and thrill to it which keeps you on the edge of your seat. There were moments where I wondered how the author was going to work on things. Were are the characters going to come out on top victorious every time? Or would they have to grit their teeth and really work hard for their victories? Well, all I’ll say is this…I was not disappointed. Now! This book DOES end on a bit of a cliffhanger. Not a major one, but I feel that it is a cliffhanger nonetheless. The reason why I say this is because of the set-up concerning the Gridiron. We get the Tournament in this book, but not the Gridiron, so that leads me to believe another book is coming.
I am deciding to rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. While the beginning of this book was sluggish and a struggle to get through, once the book gains traction it is hard to put down and I devoured it like it was a tasty treat. I loved the blending of the characters and even the hints of a romance that may not be allowed to continue. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series and I truly hope that I won’t have to wait too long. This author has a lot of potentials and I can’t wait to see where she takes these characters next.
Nix has created a wonderful fictional location and provides readers with a good repertoire of scenic images. Descriptions of the characters’ actions, thoughts, and feelings are firmly implanted into the minds of the readers, and they know how much is at stake for the characters and what motivates them to react the way they do in their circumstances. With the graphic descriptions provided by Nix, readers become immersed in the battles and tournament rounds as well as the struggles Atae deals with on a daily basis.
Secrets, tough love, supportive friends, political disquietude, adversity, violence, betrayal, jealousy, and loyalty are blended into this riveting story that tests the resilience of people who are in the midst of formidable circumstances. I look forward to the next installment in this series to see how the characters grow as they face new challenges in their lives.