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(Note: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Though Majai’s Fury might seem at first like a simple parable about turning to the one god from many goddesses, Valerie Comer soon shows a more complicated journey where both love and faith are challenged. She has created several cultures with unique aspects that are in constant conflict, but she doesn’t stop there. The frailty of humanity in the face of true, earthly power affects the manifestations of their gods even though all seem to have an active hand in people’s lives.
It’s fascinating to watch how Shanh and Taifa struggle to understand the will of the one god while learning how others have twisted the wishes of all the gods and goddesses for their own purposes.
Majai’s Fury offers more than one faith journey through a complex maze where religious and political leaders interpret their deity’s will, but the gods touch individual lives, for good or bad, in active ways as well.
At its heart, this novel is a love story. Shanh and Taifa face cultural and religious differences while fighting off very real threats to their lives and the lives of those around them. Their path is not easy, and it requires much of both of them that goes against everything they’ve ever known. The religious conflicts are also not what you might expect.
As a cultural exploration, the novel provides interesting fodder. As a faith journey, Majai’s Fury makes a reader think about faith beyond blind acceptance of what they’ve been taught.
This book is a fun adventure with both personal and political tensions, but there’s much more to it than a surface read if you choose to pay attention to the questions Shanh and Taifa ask and the leaps of faith that are asked of them.
For Valerie’s Christian romance readers, I caution that Taifa’s culture is much different from our own, but since the influence of different human rules is a strong theme of the novel, every aspect is necessary for a journey well worth taking.
I love a book that makes me stop and think and I can recommended this one.
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There were only a few things that bothered me about the story, such as the fact that certain things were never really explained. For example, characters who served the true god, Azhvah, wondered how other deities could have power if they weren't real - but it was clearly shown that they really were real and really did have power, just not as much as Azhvah. The theology behind that was never explained.
One word of caution: sex is a major theme in the story. It all takes place behind closed doors, and sex outside of marriage is not condoned, but it does happen and is talked about a lot. I would hesitate to recommend the book to any but adult readers for that reason.
Overall, though, I quite enjoyed this book and would love to read a sequel if the author ever writes one. It is an inspiring example of how to create unique cultures and keep them consistent with the world they're in. Well done, Valerie Comer!