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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Ivory Staff: A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War by M. Lachi begins with the description of a mysterious box in a forbidden room that is as eerie as it is foreboding, thus creating the sense of mystery and suspense that fills every page of this riveting tale of political intrigue, the insane quest for love and power, and a low-class girl destined to bring reconciliation to a nation broken and divided against itself. Samiyah is a graceful, beautiful peasant girl who would have loved a simple, quiet life, but her extraordinary intelligence and beauty plunge her into the middle of class warfare and things only get more complicated as she struggles to create harmony and peace around her. Will her untainted soul and passionate desire to see peace amongst those she loves be enough to redeem a nation stricken by conflict and hatred?
M. Lachi’s The Ivory Staff: A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War has the classic beauty of Red Riding Hood, and creates an atmosphere that readers of Grimm’s Fairy Tales will immediately enjoy. The prose is sharp and ebullient, even in the detailed descriptions of dismal and sinister situations; the conflict builds up through every page, and the plot is flowered with subplots and compelling characters that readers will definitely fall in love with. M. Lachi exhibits the uncanny gift of bringing back the old art of common sense into storytelling, and it is this aspect of the story that creates the striking realism that permeates its every page. The Ivory Staff: A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War is a tale that will entertain, instruct, and compel readers to rethink their values. Reading this book felt like basking in the sunny country of wit and common sense.