Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beltamar's War Book Review

Envision a world ruled by six Divine Laws, Immutable and Absolute.  
Liaju is about to receive her twelfth marks - arcane symbols etched within her flesh, by Divine Decree. These mystic marks grant access to her first matching Convocation. Liaju is plagued by troubling dreams... her visions reveal the precipice her people, the Seizen, unknowingly approach - along with a possible path of escape.  
An obscure path, hidden and locked. Only Liaju holds escape's elusive key, a key as incomprehensible as it is frightening. Self-sacrifice. Must Liaju relinquish all to secure the Seizen's survival? Eden, a mischievous child, succumbs to temptation and leads her cousin astray.  
Their path leads through terror and death, to ultimate understanding. Trickery reveals treachery - for Eden's misdeed unveils a monstrous murder. Thrown into a perpetual, remorseless conflict you soon discover Malmaxa is more about character than place.  
Sorely troubled, barbaric, complex, and intriguing as Malmaxa is, it remains merely the setting for the true tale - the people, their motivations, and the choices which shape and define them. Envision Malmaxa, then step inside and experience a world at once astonishingly different, and disturbingly familiar. Experience Malmaxa... experience, enlightenment?
My Thoughts: 
I have to tell you this was a really hard book to get into and it took me over a week to really understand half of what was being said.  But, once I did kinda get the jest of it all, I then was able to sorta figure it out.
One thing for sure is this, it is packed with action all the way thru and I have no idea if this is in the future (because of the powers they have) or before Christ or A.D. because in some ways, they are very primitive, like Indians or something. They believe in marking themselves sorta like tatoo's, even the women.
Then on their 12th cycle which I think means 12 years, they are given their ritual to induce the Vision Quest which tells them what they will be when they grow up. Or maybe they are that right away. It was really hard to tell. I know that in this book, even the women were warriors and could be marked as such.
Then there are the Herbalist's who can fix or cure things and then there is a warrior or something, done forgot what he was called. There aren't many of those, just enough for each camp to have one I think. Anyway, he can make himself disappear and that is how they find out about the enemy and what they are doing by this guy disappearing.
So, you tell me. Was this is the future or past? All I know is that they travelled alot from one site to another and had makeshift homes and it was something similar to bulls that pulled their wagons, not horses. The Ancient Enemy that wanted to destroy all humans (I guess they are human) are something called groth which almost is a mix between a wolf and an anteater or something like that.
They have awfully powerful jaws and teeth and can rip you apart in seconds. They run really fast and travel in packs, but there are then these giant things that come from behind them called Grolem's and those are the hard ones to kill because their skin is so thick.
It's a good book once you get into it and sorta understand what is happening but the first 2 chapters will make it hard for you but if you can get past that, it gets better. Just be aware that they do alot of that back and forth stuff where they talk or dream about things that happened in the past. But, towards the end, there is one woman warrior and the one who can disappear, they make a really big discovery that could end all of their kind.
All this time they thought they were winning the war but in reality, the Ancient Ones were deceiving them into thinking they were when all along they had been following them.  So, the woman warrior that was left behind with some odd 40 or so soldiers has to make a really hard decision because she cannot lead them to wear the people are. She has to make them think they are going in a different direction.
That is until they realize that the enemy has hid their numbers until now.  The warrior who can disappear finds out that there are thousands of them, not the small packs that they thought all those years. And what does this mean now?
Read the book and find out!
About the Author:
With children African, English and American, and myself born and raised in a country of five names, I consider myself... a citizen of the world.
My wife and four children think of me simply as a thorny old man - and thus my symbol...
One of the most influential people in my life was my Godfather. A man of absolute integrity, remarkable intellect, and fine character. He taught me tolerance, and intolerance, together. He showed me that every conflict has are two sides, if not more.
It was thanks to time spent with him that I developed a guiding principle in my life, namely that the most fundamental sign of intelligence is the ability to change one's mind. It is to honor him that I use his name as my pseudonym, yet I know my efforts fall far short of what he deserved.
In my memory, C.G.Ayling lives forever. Is that not as close as any man can come to immortality?


C.G.Ayling said...

Hi Mary. Thank you for taking the time to review Beltamar's War - although my writing is clearly not your cup of tea, I'm very grateful for your persistence and the candor and honesty of your review.
As you said, Malmaxa is a complicated story, however I'm delighted with your observations, which are remarkably insightful - you picked up a lot of the story's threads and identified one of the root issues for the overall tale - which is the question of when Beltamar's War actually takes place.
Thank you again!

Shelly Hammond said...

Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway.

I do indeed love paranormal books. I love to read anything and everything and would never pass up the chance to read a thing, but paranormal books I tend to really like.

Beltamar's War sounds like a really interesting and different book and one I'd very much like to read. It certainly sounds like it very unique and well worth adding to the reading list. Thank you again for the chance to enter to win :)

Shelly H.

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Kelly A. Tanner said...

I do love paranormal books. I like books of all kinds actually. Thanks for the chance!