Cry of Justice
Jason Pratt
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Cry of Justice
Jason Pratt
Bittersea Publications
444 pages
September 2007
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Imagine reading the diary of a being from a different world, a different time. Listen to a story unfold as one would hear around a campfire, told without adhering to old-fashioned views of chronological order. In Cry of Justice, readers meet several characters who stretch the concept of storytelling. Here you will see them struggle against the enemy without and the enemy within. Portunista, a mage of possibilities, burns to place her mark on this world. Seifas, a mysterious and dedicated warrior, struggles with his own concepts of right and honor. With a cadre of allies, they pursue an artifact that holds great power if only they can understand. Pursued by enemies barbaric and magical, each faces choices that will affect the outcome of the final battle.

Jason Pratt has created entirely new cultures and societies within his book. Even in the patterns of speech and thought, the rhythm of his storytelling takes on an almost alien flavor. Leave your preconceived notions of plot and climax behind. Open your mind to a story so real you face culture shock when you lay it down. The raw emotions on these pages, the internal honesty, can be overwhelming and a bit humbling. This is a book with layers of depth, allowing the reader to enjoy the superficial action, but inviting deeper introspection into why the characters do what they do.

Ultimately, this is a story about love and balancing the love of others with the love of self, challenging readers to think, to be active in their reading and not just allow the words to wash over them as they turn the page. Crafted with skill, the narrative draws you breathless to the end until you can hardly bear to turn the page and yet must because you have to know what happens next.

Take the challenge this story presents. Dive into the hearts and minds of its people. Savor each page. Rest assured when you finish that the end isnít truly the end. Woven into the those final pages are hints of stories to come, which is a relief. Hurry, Mr. Pratt, for I do not know how long I will be able to wait.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Tonia R. Montgomery, 2007

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