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Majai's Fury by Valerie Comer
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Majai's Fury

by Valerie Comer

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Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

Though Majai’s Fury might seem at first like a simple parable about turning to the one god from many goddesses, Valerie Comer soon shows a more complicated journey where both love and faith are challenged. She has created several cultures with unique aspects that are in constant conflict, but she doesn’t stop there. The frailty of humanity in the face of true, earthly power affects the manifestations of their gods even though all seem to have an active hand in people’s lives.

It’s fascinating to watch how Shanh and Taifa struggle to understand the will of the one god while learning how others have twisted the wishes of all the gods and goddesses for their own purposes.

I was one of the beta readers for this novel. I enjoyed the story then, but am very pleased with the way Valerie has strengthened it since.

Majai’s Fury offers more than one faith journey through a complex maze where religious and political leaders interpret their deity’s will, but the gods touch individual lives, for good or bad, in active ways as well.

At its heart, this novel is a love story. Shanh and Taifa face cultural and religious differences while fighting off very real threats to their lives and the lives of those around them. Their path is not easy, and it requires much of both of them that goes against everything they’ve ever known. The religious conflicts are also not what you might expect.

As a cultural exploration, the novel provides interesting fodder. As a faith journey, Majai’s Fury makes a reader think about faith beyond blind acceptance of what they’ve been taught.

This book is a fun adventure with both personal and political tensions, but there’s much more to it than a surface read if you choose to pay attention to the questions Shanh and Taifa ask and the leaps of faith that are asked of them.

For Valerie’s Christian romance readers, I caution that Taifa’s culture is much different from our own, but since the influence of different human rules is a strong theme of the novel, every aspect is necessary for a journey well worth taking. ( )
  MarFisk | Aug 8, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0993831303, Paperback)

A vindictive goddess. A desperate woman. A reluctant champion. A frantic scramble to flee from MAJAI'S FURY.

A fantasy tale of forbidden romance amid clashing religions and cultures

Taifa hoped the goddess Majai wouldn’t notice she hadn’t provided a firstborn for sacrifice. But when the king demands Taifa’s life in exchange for the child she has not yet conceived, she knows she is out of time. She seizes the king’s proposal—her life spared if she neutralizes Shanh, the foreigner whose doomsday prophecies infuriate the king.

Secure in Azhvah’s protection, Shanh’s mission looks simple enough: deliver his god’s fateful message then return to his homeland. But when Azhvah allows a conniving woman to weaken the shield, many long-held beliefs are shattered. Can Shanh’s god truly desire to rescue this heathen from the fate she deserves?

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