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Melokai (In the Heart of the Mountains Book 1) Kindle Edition
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MELOKAI by Rosalyn Kelly is a fascinating and descriptive new fantasy world that I enjoyed getting to know and I will definitely read the next book in this series to see what happens next. Now I have to warn readers that there is a lot of sexual activity mentioned throughout which may not be for some people. Sex seems to take on many roles in this story from pleasure, to power, to control, to love, to duty.
There are lots of characters in this fantasy world but I still got to know each and every one and had my favourites and those that I really disliked from the beginning. The different nations are wonderfully depicted as we get to know their individual strengths, weaknesses, customs, and natural beauty, as well as the darker side that exists of those in power.
All in all, I enjoyed MELOKAI by Rosalyn Kelly and I highly recommend this novel to all fantasy fans who enjoy a rich story that leaves you wanting you more.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the author
Rosalyn Kelly has produced a most superior book. It is the first volume of series (a trilogy?) in which she introduces the reader to some six distinct populations of humans and humanoids, and the complex relations between them, friendly as well as hostile, that provide the framework for the tale. Her renderings of the visual aspects and practices of each of these strange peoples is superb and in some cases are as deliciously off-putting as are the actual accounts of certain alien practices of some real-world ethnicities.
In Melokai the focal population of the story, the Peqkya, is clearly an exercise in the creation of a cultural negative of nearly all known human cultures, ancient and modern. the inhabitants of Peqkya besides being the best organized and most powerful group are also the darkest coloured peoples of the region. Moreover, In Peqkya the governors, merchants and warriors are all women, while the servile male members of the community are employed as low status manual labourers and service workers for the female aristocracy. This abstract description hardly does justice to just how different Peqkya is from the earthly norm; the book has to be read to realize that.
Rosalyn, somewhat reminiscent of Ursula Le guin, creates well-developed characters that convincingly reflect the distinctly different and distinctly odd (to us, of course) communities in which they live. Again like Le guin, she does so while preserving the individuality of each character in the story. Equally important to the tale, or better, tales, is her success in making the exotica of the framework serve the narrative rather overwhelm it. Melokai is certainly a most interesting and attractive fantasy.
Having finished a second reading, I’m now waiting with high anticipation and with some impatience for the sequel.
~I was given a copy of Melokai in exchange for an honest review by the author, Rosalyn Kelly. This in no way influences my review~
I really enjoyed reading this book. The world building is done so well! I did have some issues with the multiple POVs and the character building, however it did not take away from the book at all! That being said, I really did like getting to read all sides of the story from the different characters. Overall, this book was a solid 4.5 stars for me, and I highly suggest checking it out!
This is an amazing debut novel - part of a series that will be highly anticipated by all! Well-developed characters are woven into a complex storyline in a very satisfactory way. I think you will enjoy this book a great deal if you like this genre. My only "complaint" if you can call it that, is that I think the author works so hard to develop a new world (complete with new names) that sometimes you can get lost in trying to figure out what is what and who is who. However, that goes away once you get into the book. Well worth the read - can't wait for the follow up!