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Review by Scarlet Nicoll -- The Undying Queen of Ur

Post by Scarlet Nicoll » 14 Jul 2019, 06:23

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Undying Queen of Ur" by Abraham Kawa & Arahom Radjah.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Black riders storm through the desert, their insatiable hunger momentarily suffices by their Undying Queen in Radjah's first installment ― fill with dire consequence.

Urian flags rise for their fallen queen: grief-stricken, Anshara endlessly moans for his wife. In time, his sorrow converts to a nefarious curse giving life to a queen like no other, challenging every living soul. Rampaging through lands for 200 years, every step she took doom-laden her enemies ― filling their hearts with repugnance. Larak's fall, brought Shamath, as a war slave, to Ur where Arkhalla sat on her high throne. His hard-bitten, unflinching gaze results in an unequal relationship which Arahom Radjah subjects his readers under scrutiny. Leaving the scruples aside, the author creates a world that quasi-moments look good to be true.

Referring to Mesopotamian culture and mythology: the author swiftly aims for the blood-drinking demons with sickle swords, known as Khopesh. Hebrew demonology plays an active setting ― evident through his silent character Lilith, Asag's worshipper, described as a demon queen. Co-authored with Abraham Kawa, The Undying Queen of Ur is the conclusion of a 5-year hard labor consisting of 62 chapters. Started as a graphic narrative titled, Queen of Vampires: it's a winter, fall myth. Genre lovers of ancient civilization, forbidden romance, and vampire will engross themselves in this 7-part read. It's advisable, for sensitive readers, to take precaution due to gore and dismemberment.

Spoken from the third person's perspective, you can observe the authors' dexterity: his use of a dynamic structure and literary devices left little room for misguided imagination. One can't help but question Radjah's prosaic prowess: his use of Snow White's magic mirror and Lord of The Rings' black riders bears an uncanny resemblance. The author's writing style demands attention: his nature of addressing his readers is tempting, certifying its editorial quality.

Best recommend to a mature, 18+, audience due to its explicit sex scenes and killing spree ― graphically similar to a television series called Spartacus. Unlike the beginning, this plot makes sense as you read along: chapter one was difficult to follow. You will experience been thrown overboard using a closet full of disorganized characters, but they made this story standout, catering its audience's needs. Thick as honey, this plot's underlying, hidden intentions are credible: you can find yourselves gripping and hungering for more.

One may ask, what stood out the most? Radjah's unyielding, multiverse characters: from strong, power-driven women to love-struck, mentally challenging men. Each pivotal character had their fair share of development: some gray to black, black to gray, and gray to white. They strikingly portrayed today's immoral society: the political, power hunger marathon, pleasure-seeking defiled minds, and bloodthirsty, sword-toting savages. It's appreciable if the author could include a character introduction: helps to dissolve the puzzling introductory nature.

By rating this read 4 out of 4 stars, I look forward to the next installment titled, The World Without Arkhalla. Using memorable characters, Radjah embarks on a ceaseless journey which doesn't fail to surprise his audience.

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Post by Prisallen » 15 Jul 2019, 16:12

The queen of Ur certainly sounds like an evil queen. This book seems intriguing, although I haven't read any of the others in the series. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by rumik » 15 Jul 2019, 19:01

Wow, you make this book sound amazing even though I'm usually intimidated by hard fantasy like this. Tempted to try reading it sometime now. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by Kelyn » 15 Jul 2019, 21:07

I already have this one on my shelves but even if I hadn't your review would have had me putting it there! Sounds like a full-fledged fantasy to me! Thanks for the review!
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Post by Tomah » 15 Jul 2019, 21:50

This novel sounds like a must-read for readers who love dark, mature fantasy stories. I'm particularly intrigued by the eclectic mix of elements: ancient Mesopotamian mythology, vampires, and Judeo-Christian mysticism. It's a combination that could work to create something really unique or fail catastrophically depending on the writer's skill, but thankfully it seems we're in good hands here. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Smrithy » 17 Aug 2019, 23:02

This novel is definitely my cup of tea. And by the way, it has got a nice front cover. Thanks for the review.
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