Self-portrait taken at Necronomicon, October 2006
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TripStone hates to kill her gods but she must feed her people. An accomplished hunter in the Masari village of Crossroads, she is charged with the ritual slaying of the sacred Yata.
Her comrade Ghost tries to end Masari dependence on Yata meat by performing experiments punishable by death. His jeopardy increases when he shelters a teenage runaway sickened by fasting.
Their worldview shatters when they harbor a Yata woman raised to be livestock instead of a god. But Crossroads itself is imperiled. Hidden in the far woods, a secret Yata militia is preparing to alter the balance of power.
Click here to download Vol. 2: Deviations: Appetite.
About the Deviations series:
Long ago the Masari and the Yata hunted together in peace, until the species they drove to extinction included those possessing nutrients necessary to Masari survival. The Yata then became the only source of those nutrients. Deviations tells how these peoples cope with the reality of being sentient creatures forced to play the roles of predator and prey, and how several of them try to thwart long-established conventions in the hope of overcoming their biological imperative. In Deviations love triumphs in the midst of death. The series focuses on the social, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas surrounding both the literal cannibalism of the societies involved and the many ways in which their different communities feed off each other.
Praise for Covenant:
"Without sensationalized graphic violence or the glamorized pornography of pulp romance novels, Ms. Malcohn achieves what good science fiction/fantasy is intended to do. She has created a believable world, with characters with whom you can empathize, in a good story that is well and eloquently told....I give Deviations: Covenant five stars out of five." -- David Roth, Examiner
"I give this one an enthusiastic recommendation. Interesting characters, interesting moral quandary, and lots of responses to it. I was expecting one of two easy answers, but Malcohn quite bravely avoided them both....Well worth full paperback price, and I'm quite glad to have it for free." -- Bard Bloom, on LiveJournal
"Rich character development and fascinating central conflict quickly addict the reader to this story....the moral issues are so compelling, so thought-provoking, you'll thank the author for presenting this perspective." -- Lady Emily, Redbud Book Club
"This novel is the first in a projected series, and there is definitely enough material for series of books, series of movies, television series, fan-fic, etc. ... I recommend the novel & the author." -- Jean Roberta, in her blog.
"This book is a must read for any literary enthusiast. Elissa does a wonderful job in creating this world where the Masari and Yata live in this symbiotic relationship that is based upon ritualistic cannibalism (hence the term Covenant). In spite of the subject matter the novel is not some horrific blood bath, but a thoughtful look into the relationship between these two people groups. This balance that was created by the Covenant to preserve both races is threatened by forces from outside and within their own hearts to free themselves of this enslavement to their DNA and ecology, but may lose their societies should it be successfully destroyed. As heart wrenching as the Covenant is, extinction is worse. Join this journey of faith, doubts, heroic actions, and questionable ethics as this saga is played out upon the backdrop of this primordial world where anything can happen..." -- Glenda Finkelstein, in her blog.
"It's difficult to believe that such a well-written book could be free....I can't wait to read the next one." -- Murray Gunn, at Goodreads
"The characters are all believable and likeable, they are involved in a variety of different struggles and there are no corners cut here or simple morality play, lots of shades of grey.... A good read from start to finish. This book (and the others in the series) are available for free from the author's website which makes the high quality even more surprising." -- plot hound, Amazon
"Love this book [Covenant] and the entire series." -- Five-star review from Ian at Manybooks
"Take Ms. Elissa Malcohn ... whose novel Covenant shows some killer talent, and reminds this reader of that paragon of science fiction and fantasy: Robert Silverberg; and her oeuvre doesn't stop there." -- Julianne Draper, Examiner
"I cannot tell you that I enjoyed reading Deviations: Covenant. It is a dark book and at times difficult to read. However, it is a brilliant book. There is a deeper meaning behind this series. This is a study of how societies feed and devour each other. Elissa Malcohn gives each character a distinct voice. Well done Ms. Malcohn." -- BookReviewsByDebra on LibraryThing
"I state this with all due honesty and with as little bias as humanly possible. Read this woman's work. She's one of the best indie writers out there." -- K.L. Nappier, commenting here
"This is just the kind of book I like: too good to put down, but when it's over, you wish there were more and are sorry to see it end..." -- Gypsy Wynd, on Amazon
"Malcohn has built a very interesting and very well developed central conflict, and the development of the story is second to none..." -- Alan Petrillo, on Amazon
"The author's tone coaxes and guides the reader to judge the ethics of the situation instead of dictating right and wrong. Without revealing the surprising plot, I can say that the story had me creeped out at first, in the way many vampire novels do. But it has a much higher path to it. It's so well-written that once you're caught up in the action, you can't put the book down." -- FatChickDancing, on Amazon
"This novel is, in a word, riveting." -- L.W. Rogers
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