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The Way of the Black Beast - A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy (The Malja Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story for the most part is in single person. The main character, Malja,spent most of the story retelling of incidences in her life and with each re-telling, However, as she did this, new information became part of the story line.
Malja grew up unloved and abused in a time of post-devastation. Her fathers, Jarik and Callib, were magicians. As she grew Malja was not what they wanted or ecpected her to be. She was not a magician. At age 10 her fathers tied her up in a bag and sent her off to be killed but Jarik was unable to kill her so he left her to die. Malja was found by a man, Gregor, who became her guardian and loved her. He tought he much knowledge and life lessons. When she was 16 her fathers hired someone to kill Gregor. Malja came home and found him. For his care and love he was killed. At this point Malja exploded to the full extent of wanting vengence this became her "Black Beast."
Her black beast was alwas there always ready to kill. Malja went in search of her fathers. Her vengence was to kill them and anyone that got in her way. Along Malja's journey several people came into play as she searched for her father. They were an annoyance to her, even Tommy a child magician she saved from a horrid captain of a ship.
In her travels every time she gets close to finding out where her fathers are the person with the information is killed, but she is never hurt. They just want to slow her down. The story unfolds slowly as Malja has to allow people into her life to get to the next person with information and she begins to slowly expand her acceptance of their presence but not trust. It comes hard earned. And through fights, loss and trama she learns to love Tommy, who she eventually sees as a son, but she knows not how to be a mother.
When her task is complete and her vengence served she no longer carries the Black Beast within her. She is left without a purpose in life. However, she does find a purpose and it is intriging and exciting to see as it takes it's fist steps.
I don't believe I did the book justice since there is so, so much more to the book. You won't regret picking up a copy. I am looking forward to the next book to see the next stage of transformation in Malja.
I was give a copy of this book for an honest review.
I was also a bit confused as to where this story was taking place. At times, it sounded like it took place on our world in the future or in an alternate history of our world. There are references to electricity, contemporary Earth weapons such as pearl-handled revolvers and technology from our time. On the other hand there was at least one reference early on that made it sound like this was an Earth-like planet that was the 2nd planet from its sun implying that its similarities to our own world were just a coincidence.
To its credit, the book contains a very unique take on magic that sets it apart from any other story's magic system.
All in all,despite my points above , I liked it and will continue on with the next book in the series.
Three things I love most about this book:
1) In a literary landscape suffering from a dearth of strong female characters, enter Stuart Jaffe with his kick-ass female protagonist, Malja. She's believably female without her gender being the point. Malja is a badass who happens to be a woman. Other authors, take note.
2) The magic system isn't the point, either. It's cool, and it allows fascinating things to happen in the world...but the main character can't even use magic, as far as we know. And that makes her even more formidable: the fact that she holds her own in a world that contains powerful magicians.
3) The genre melding. This is what indie publishing does best right now - that gutsy blending of genre (in this case, post-apocalyptic and fantasy). It's what makes me most excited about the future of indie lit.
Download this book if you want to experience the explosive start to a fascinating series. The ending will satisfy, but you will be left wanting to spend much more time in this world.