Today I am delighted to be sharing “Melokai : In the Heart of the Mountain”, Book One by Rosalyn Kelly. It is available as an eBook, but I would suggest spending the extra on the paperback version. I was sent an eARC of this book from the author for my consideration. My views expressed here are my own and are unbiased.
- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1973872277
- ISBN-13: 978-1973872276
- Purchases from Amazon UK Barnes and Noble also Kobo, IBooks, Google Play Books and Smashwords.
She thinks it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning.
“Trouble will come from the east. A wolf will claim the throne.”
Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully reigned over Peqkya as Melokai for twelve years. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her… or so she thinks.
But Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.
Is the sudden appearance of a mysterious cave creature from the east the trouble the prophecy speaks of? Or is the threat something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves… does the ferocious war with their kind mark the end for Peqkya?
Before Ramya can answer, she and her fearless warriors must first crush a catastrophic rebellion that threatens to destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
This books starts with action from the outset and does not let up. Melokai Ramya is told that “A wolf will claim the throne”, her throne no less. The story that follows introduces several other races of people and their interactions with each other. Some of the races have trade agreements and tentative alliances that seem on the face of it, to work. There is however an underlying discord, one that will threaten the fragile peace of all the races.
This is a great read. Rosalyn has created a world that has vivid descriptions of not only the people but also the landscape. Each race has its own distinctive physical characteristic, this compliments the land they live in, each land is also unique to each race. Within the races there are factions that are unhappy and strange alliances are formed, they want change to those in power and also to the restraints that are placed on them.
I am always a little hesitant when I read fantasy books like this. I spent a lot of time a few years ago, reading many books of this genre, some were great but I also found quite a few were lacking. I am happy to say that Melokai falls into the first, it really was a great read. It has a lot of attention to detail, not only has Rosalyn described the details of each race and their corresponding landscape, she has done it so I can visualise them. For me this is an important feature especially in a fantasy book. The character list is very large, and this is why I suggest buying the paperback rather than the eBook version as there is a great list of people and places, as well as a map.
The story has been written in such a way that you are gradually introduced to the various races, it has been done that it makes sense and gives a great flow to the story. This is all wrapped around a plot that is in essence a power struggle, but it has a real sense of depth. There are many elements in this book that make for really interesting, intriguing and addictive reading. This is the first book in a series, with the second due next year (2018), I for one am really going to be keeping my eye out for this.
This is a book is one I would highly recommend to readers of Epic Fantasy, with lots of different other elements. It is a well paced book, very well written and a fantastic read. I would like to thank Rosalyn Kelly for sending me a copy of this book.
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