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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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While the story of Taifa and Shanh take place in a fantasy world, with fantasy gods and goddesses, there is still the ever present belief in a single Higher Being, and our struggles to come to feel worthy of His Grace, and find love among our peers all at the same time.
The suspense was page turning, and I had to fight with myself not to jump ahead and see how the conflicts resolve, but I stayed on course, and loved every minute of it!!
I am wishing this had sequel stories, as I would love to see how Taifa and Shanh and other characters continue on their course!
I highly recommend this story!!
Rich descriptions bring this world to life and draw the reader into the scenes. I found it especially interesting that Taifa's people, ruled by the water goddess, use water to measure time. The water clock marks time in cylinders, and the citizens use expressions like "a trickle more time" and "mere drops of time."
Author Valerie Comer is known for her Farm Fresh Romance series, which has a lighter, sweeter tone, but she delivers this intense fantasy novel with equal skill. Her farm lit fans need to know that Majai's Fury includes more sexual tension (Taifa's people thrive on promiscuity), but this is still a clean read. We know what's happening "off-stage" without "seeing" all the details.
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