Mother of Rebellion Hardcover – January 29, 2019
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"The characters are incredibly well drawn. It didn't take me long to fall in love with each of them in their own way. Each of the five must contend with warring impulses and needs. Love, faith, duty, sheer survival, control over their own destiny: all of these drives factor into each of the characters in various proportions. I found myself reading well past my normal lights-out as I pushed on into the next chapter and the next, eager to see what fate befell the next character I saw in the chapter heading. The story promises to be sweeping and epic." - Heather Ackroyd, round 3 quarter finalist judge, EFFy Awards.
"The world building was fantastic, but the strength of the story was in its characters. Telling a story from five different perspectives is a risk, but it succeeded in showing us different parts of this world without requiring us to flounder through chapters of background lore. I definitely want to see what comes next in this beautiful and fantastic tale." - Sara Lawson, round 2 semi finalist judge, EFFy Awards.
"This is an epic fantasy novel highlighting themes like slavery, selflessness, duty, honour, love, determination, rebellion, survival,and unique magic. The world-building was threaded perfectly into the plot, and the characters were as much masterfully developed as they were varied. I enjoyed the story so much and credit this to the originality in its delivery, the immersive world-building, and the inciteful characterization. This is definitely a book for all fantasy fiction readers who enjoy a suspenseful story with incredible pacing. I count it as an amazing find from author B.K. Boes and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel." - Ferdinand Otieno, round 3 quarter finalist judge, EFFy Awards.
- Publisher : Beyond Here Publishing (January 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 610 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948673010
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948673013
- Item Weight : 2.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
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The story is set in a time of war between several different countries, all pursuing unification (under themselves, of course) and follows five main protagonists:
1) Imrah, a slave kidnapped from her village and brought back to serve as a 'slave-wife', a sort of informal concubine whose sons are sent into military training at the age of 8. As far as I can tell from the title and cover, Imrah is the main protagonist of this book, and honestly also the most interesting. She's in constant low-level danger, has a great deal of character development, and is by necessity a very tough lady.
2) Imrah's oldest son, Anakai, in military training.
3) Moloch, from a neighbouring country; the son of a famous general and in an inheritance war with his brother. His character arc gradually rose in interest for me once he started actually having an impact on the inter-country war, and I enjoyed seeing the other side of the war for a change.
4) Kaela from a nomadic tribe traveling between countries
5) Jabin (and Mae), who are oracles of the future.
Every protagonist is pretty interesting and done fairly well, and really, the main flaw of Mother of Rebellion is precisely that. Having multiple protagonists is a trade off, where the hope is that all perspectives will eventually intertwine beautifully into a one glorious tapestry, making a gorgeous ending. But the more there are, the more difficult it is to ensure that the reader can fully emotionally invest in a single protagonist... and the harder it is to get a satisfactory ending out of the book.
Halfway through Mother of Rebellion, there still isn't really much sign of an overarching plot. Everyone is still maneuvering. That's interesting itself, but it feels like reading 5 books at the same time. Furthermore, I find that it would have been easier to sympathize with less protagonists. Kaela's arc might have been distilled into a single chapter or two, and since Jabin's arc didn't even touch that of the other characters, it felt disconnected to me from the greater story. While I understand the author wanted to give many perspectives, and it certainly helped build up the world in my mind, I think she would have done better to choose one to three character arcs and to focus on them.
This book reads like the prologue to a bigger book. There is a conclusion of sorts to every character arc, but since none of them touch, it's like reading the setup of something more. Luckily, I understand that there will be more books coming, so there will hopefully be something more.
I give it four stars; I finished and enjoyed the book, but would I read it again? No, probably not. Would I follow the second book? Maybe. We'll see.
The political and religious structures of this world are brought clearly into focus, through the eyes and experiences of the characters. The development of the social norms are part of the character development and the plot, meaning that enjoying the story allows you to immerse yourself in their world and enjoy the ride.
Mother of Rebellion is one of those books that makes you take pause and think, and often had me thinking about when I was not in a position to be reading. The characters do not make random or unlikely decisions. Each is well enough developed that their choices make sense within the framework of the story.
The 5 main characters bring the entire world to life, drawing you in. It is the best novel I've read in the last year. Entertaining and immersive. My only regret is that I'm done, and the next book may be a while.
Top reviews from other countries
cruel, brutal society that does not deserve
to exist and one mother's battle to change
I am really eager to see how her story continues.
Settle yourself comfortably for a ** good ** read.