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The Way of the Black Beast - A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy (The Malja Chronicles Book 1) by [Jaffe, Stuart]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in The Malja Chronicles (6 Book Series)

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About the Author

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Way of the Black Beast, a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, as well as the short story collection, 10 Bits of My Brain. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review -- a podcast about science, art, and well, everything.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2979 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stuart Jaffe; 2 edition (16 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NRXT6W
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,120 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Way of the Black Beast by Stuart Jaffe tells the story of Malja. In a world that is suffering a complete collapse after "The Devastation" there is danger everywhere. Magic exists, but seems to take the users sanity a tiny bit with every spell cast. Malja has no magic and has very little use for it. After being raised by two brother wizards who saw her as only a tool and threw her away to survive on her own when she proved a disappointment to them. She is found by "Uncle" Gregory who raises her like his own child, teaching her morals that Jarik and Callib weren't interested in. When the brother magicians send assassins to kill Gregory Malja beings her quest to kill them. Along the way she meets Tommy, a young man enslaved on a ship, who is also a budding magician.

The opening of the book drew me in instantly. Malja fighting with Viper (super cool weapon) and an example of how magic works had me very intrigued by the world. The story keeps a pretty decent rate of action with Malja being very comfortable solving her problems with her weapon. She is not just a psychotic killer as she has period of inner reflection coming to terms with what she does and what she is. There are several characters that end up joining the quest, not all of them getting along very well. The conflict adds a little humor and is used to explain some of the aspects of the world without using an info dump.

There was a point in the book where I started to lose a little interest, I didn't become bored by any means, just lost some of the intensity that was established at the beginning. There were still points throughout the rest of the book that reestablished that level of interest, but one thing I really would have liked to know is the story behind Viper.
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I'm not at all sure what to make of this book. On the one hand, it has a lot of elements that I normally find appealing: a post-apocalyptic setting, a kickass female protagonist, characters with a lot of history, an unpredictable world. But somehow, it didn't grab me, and I've been puzzling over why. There's nothing terrible about it, nothing that jumps out at me - it's well plotted, the characters have depth, the world is full of surprises (and I love to be surprised!), but for some odd reason it didn't resonate with me. Just a mood thing, I suppose.

One problem is that I often found it difficult to visualise the settings. Sometimes I would have to reread a section because I'd misunderstood where things were or what was going on. I'm still not very clear whether the setting is meant to be some real-world place, or if it's a created world. I kept seeing it in my mind as the southwestern US, but I could be completely wrong about that. Either way, the book failed to provide me with as much detail about the backdrop as I wanted, but another reader likely wouldn't find it a problem.

However, the world is filled with a whole heap of weirdness. The author has a stunning imagination to create so many odd beasties and devices and situations. There was almost too much creativity (and that's not a criticism that's often levelled at a fantasy work, let's be honest). But perhaps less of the bizarre and a bit more of the familiar would have helped me get into it. In some ways, the deluge of originality reminded me of my one attempt at a China Mièville book. It's not that I dislike weirdness, but I'm not too keen on the absolutely anything goes end of the spectrum.

The plot - well, what plot?
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Good read, kept me entertained and couldn't help but get sucked in to the world of Malja and her companions. If your looking for a story enthralled with magic and mayhem in the vast ruins of a post apocalyptic world then this book is for you.
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Brilliant book. A rare gem that from the first page grabs your interest and the action and growth of characters doesnt lull or hit a patch of boredom . I will definately be reading the 2nd book :)
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I enjoyed reading this book,lots of magical Entertainment , spells and an overload of blood an dismemberment,such a lot from a young woman, very entertaining .
Melvyn Blake
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