'If I do not belong here, then where?' Posk, 313 CY
"He was a good kid, and once again life had dealt him a crushing blow: Why did bad things have to happen, even to good people?"
Life changes, but what if everything you ever believed turned out to be a lie? With every goodness taken away from her, how will Kialessa find herself in a cruel and distant world?
Or will she finally discover for herself why it was that her father would never speak of when he told the old stories of ‘the lands beyond the mountains’…
"I loved this book. It was very mysterious and the battle scene at the end was intense, so I had to keep reading to see how it would end. The ending was quite surprising, very different to how I expected the story to be resolved, a definite plot twist, but also very satisfying. The plot unfolds like a jigsaw puzzle where you don't know what the complete picture is until it's finished. It's great to have such a strong and clever girl as the main character, because it's not very common in other books. Kialessa has lots of different parts to her character, because of her special powers, and her experiences. I really came to like some of the other characters as well. The book was very different to other stories I've read and I want to suggest it to the book club I go to, as a future book of the month. Reading this has made me want to read the other books in the series as well, and I hope there will be more books about Kialessa to follow it as I want to know what happens next in her life." - Sophie, aged 11.
My review The Tae’anaryn and the Khozmoh Djinn
In general I liked your book very much, these would be the most interesting points in my opinion:
Points to ponder from the story
This book asks one of the most interesting, compelling, and at times upsetting questions humanity has ever asked – why do bad things happen to good people? Several answers are suggested, can you find them?
· Day Winterhaven’s submission: As undesirable as it may be, the event has to happen for a greater good; to protect others, to teach you, or make life safer. Such as pulling a splinter, or giving birth; pain sometimes accompanies the most wonderful things. Many Christian philosophers seem informed by this belief at times.
· Amber’s advice: Nothing is ever innately good or bad, it just is. Worrying and regret will not change what is, but they might stop you from making things better. For example, losing your job might mean a lucky opportunity for someone else, and can mean a better life for you. Under other circumstances, keeping your job is a ‘bad’ thing. This view is informed by philosophies such as Stoicism in the real world.
· The djinn guardian of the treasury’s karma: You deserve it due to your intentions, in this life or past lives. But once again, this is the ‘universe’ just trying to teach you to devalue impermanent things, and to value greater treasures. Buddhism may suggest such an idea.
· Lossel’s resilience: Bad things happen because people are sometimes jerks; live with it. People are trying to hurt and destroy and control you, but you can rise above their intentions. It doesn’t mean you need to become a jerk as well. Be stronger, and as she said; leave the world a better place than it found you.
· Flameheart’s revenge: Bad things happen in this world, and you need to look after yourself – who cares who you hurt when you are hurting. Can you relate to this sentiment? Is there a time when you have hurt others, especially those close to you such as your family, simply because there are feelings you cannot understand, or cope with?
· Kialessa’s sacrifice: The idea is that justice cannot punish you for crimes you have not yet committed. Perhaps sometimes bad things must happen so that evil will be fully revealed, and thus condemned. “… As if they simply needed yet one more reason to condemn the demon who called himself her father.” Can you be punished for a crime you haven’t yet committed?
· Beomith’s logic: Bad things can happen due to pure random chance, no one is to blame – sometimes a bad thing really is not your fault in any way! You might not get a say in what happens to you always, but you can make powerful decisions on how you choose how you react to it. This view may be influenced by atheistic and agnostic philosophies.
· Mak’s affirmation: Sometimes bad things happen, and you have to protect yourself, but you can still be good. ‘You think that’s the first ever time you’re going to have to fight for your life, or the last? … You’re a good kid, and you don’t want to hurt people. It’s good, means you still got a heart. I hope you never forget how bad this makes you feel. It means there’s still hope for you. It means you can still tell right from wrong, even in a cruel and difficult world.’
· Kialessa’s commitment: Because you can learn from it, and become a wiser, stronger, kinder person.
What would your answer be? Does this question need an answer?