The Ivory Staff

A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War

Fiction - General
272 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2015
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Author Biography

Apart from publishing novels, M. Lachi is an award nominated songwriter and composer.  Her resume includes features on Oprah Radio, CBS Radio, The CW, Oxygen, and the E! and Style Networks among others. M. Lachi lives in New York City and enjoys reading, composing and catching live performances.

    Book Review

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.

Tracy A. Fischer

In The Ivory Staff: A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War, a fantasy adventure novel by debut novelist M. Lachi, the reader is introduced to Samiyah, a young peasant girl who normally would be of little significance to the ruling class of her homeland. But Samiyah possesses great beauty, grace and a sharp wit, and those features, along with a hefty dose of ingenuity, bravery and even passion, lead her down a path that she could never have imagined. On the island of Mutarobi, nothing is necessarily as it seems. The ruling class is faltering, class warfare threatens the very fiber of Samiyah’s home. Who would have thought that a seemingly common girl might be the only hope her people and homeland have of survival?

I so enjoyed The Ivory Staff. Author M. Lachi has done an absolutely fantastic job in creating interesting and dynamic characters that the reader will truly care about, and will still be thinking of long after they have finished reading the book. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I am not sure what is. This book is unique, creative, and will certainly have anyone who reads it turning the pages, determined to find out what will happen next. In fact, the best piece of advice I have for anyone picking up this novel is to have time set aside to read it from start to finish; you simply will not want to put it down. I recommend The Ivory Staff: A Dark Fairy Tale of Kings and War to any reader who loves fantasy, a story with an interesting and strong female protagonist, or just a great work of fiction in general. I am excited to see what author M. Lachi has in store for her readers next, and hope that she continues on with her very original and inventive work!