The Shaman's Apprentice
by B. Muze
Pub Date 30 Dec 2017
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Her master calls her shaman.
Her people call her witch.
Gods, spirits, and demons won't stop calling.
In this first book of B. Muze's epic primitive fantasy, Yaku Shaman believes he has at last found his apprentice—a girl who talks with ghosts, spirits and gods with equal ease. Unfortunately, his people refuse to accept her. The shaman forces Jovai to sacrifice every hope of a normal life, until the people, unaware of the dangers threatening them, revolt. Barely escaping both her people and their enemies, rejected by the spirits, having failed her master, Jovai must find her way in a war-torn world full of deadly threats, both human and supernatural.
"Hauntingly lyrical and compelling. A fascinating blend of earthy and other worldly. This story will break your heart and make your spirits soar. Couldn’t put it down. Still awestruck long after I finished reading it. More. Must have more!"
-C. Rodriguez, El Corriente
"Fear and mystery intertwine in debut author Muze’s first installment of a primitive fantasy series. …The storytelling here evokes classic folktales and mythology, but the setting feels unique and new. Not only that, the characters come across as genuinely human despite their many curious qualities… Jovai in particular is a resourceful, likable protagonist … engrossing fantasy. Mythic forces and novel worldbuilding create a kinetic adventure in this promising series debut."
“simply amazing and perfectly executed, beautifully written and profoundly emotional, spiritual and magical, even existential—surprisingly so…There was a darker element that was powerful, and spoke to me on a deeper level than just a run-of-the-mill fantasy…The storyline was wonderful and even though it has familiar themes the story as a whole felt like a truly original experience and I never knew what was going to happen next.”
-Catalina Cabato, Indie book Reviewers
"This is more than a normal fantasy book. This one is going down through history as a classic. Beautiful writing with a unique, wonderful voice. Amazing characters who seem so real! Lots of action - a page turner from beginning to end. Loved the romance at the end. Captured the sweetness and silliness of young love. The ending gave me a better high than anything I'd felt through reading before. Pure joy." (5 stars)
-Jennifer @ Goodreads
"B. Muze is most definitely one of those authors I’ve had the absolute privilege of discovering lately...it absolutely delivers a powerhouse of a ride with complex ideas and you become emotionally invested whether you want to or not. This one was impactful and about as different as it could be from anything else I’ve ever read. I literally cannot think of another type of book to compare it to! But the key ingredients were all there, the imaginative literary world that stretches the bounds of imagination, yet realistic to the core – even with magical and mystical elements, the descriptive scenery, the heart-pounding moments, the shocking twists and budding romance, the profound plotlines and characters who transform and change before our eyes… I enjoyed it all the way through and thought it was a great literary fantasy that I’d recommend without hesitation." (5 star)
-Leo G @ Goodreads
"This book by B. Muze was really good, and totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before!...This story is well-crafted, deep and provocative, yet very easy to get swept up in and lose yourself in...Much more ‘mystical’ and ‘spiritual’ than I was expecting… This book makes you think outside the box...even though this book is billed a “Young Adult”...adults will definitely enjoy it as well." (5 stars)
-BellaReadz @ Goodreads