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A Nomad in Spellbinding Southeast Asia By Jess Caleb

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  • ASIN: ‎ B09RQ8F39H
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 263 pages
  • Genre: Contemporary Fantasy


The BookViral Review:

All the best books are character-driven. You can have an original plot, but if the reader doesn’t care if your protagonist lives or dies then chances are they won’t get to the end of your book. Most importantly protagonists have to be interesting but not clichéd and this is something Jess Caleb has definitely got right.

Writing in this ever-popular genre takes something a little different to stand out and Caleb has penned an imaginative plot with plenty of unexpected twists and turns along the way.

An intriguing and consistently enjoyable read A Nomad in Spellbinding Southeast Asia proves a persuasive contemporary fantasy from the start. Where an engaging narrative and memorable characters combine to keep us on the edge of our seats as Claudia finds herself drawn ever deeper in a mystery that includes a buckskin guardian angel and magical weasel!

One of the problems with Contemporary Fantasy is that because it’s set in our present time or a world that mostly looks like ours the supernatural elements can feel overly contrived but by tapping into her experiences as a Digital Nomad Caleb manages to obviate this by drawing on the mystical intrigue of her setting.

With just the right tonal flourishes to bring her characters to life, Caleb is well suited to the genre and with backstories for Claudia, Linh and Njôl now established the scene seems set for exciting new globetrotting adventures!

An enjoyable debut with a clutch of superb characters, A Nomad in Spellbinding Southeast Asia is certainly recommended.

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