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Review: Titan Magic

my thoughts in a few sentences: Coming highly recommended from Misty at The Book Rat and Erin at Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic, Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm reads like a fairy tale embedded in this organic world of magic. It’s chaotic and powerful and meaningful, rich with characters that harbor their scars and flaws in a way that’s not hidden, but also not proud. Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm is about acceptance and the varying shades of love, and what it means to love and how the very feeling can define humanity in a person. I was blown away by the mythology, the themes, and every single character compounded together to make this story so wonderful.

hooking first line: "Tonight, no matter what the voice said, Madeleine Lavoie would not listen to it, she would not sympathize with it, and, most importantly, she would not obey it."

Self-Published • Requested • Fantasy • 9/30/11 • $11.99/$2.99

Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm
Mute, heartless, and tormented by auditory hallucinations, Madeleine Lavoie never questions why her family has hidden her from the world. But the night her brother casts her out, she learns the mysterious voice she thought existed only in her mind is no delusion, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never disobey it.

Now Madeleine must find her own voice in a cacophony of powerful tyrants, monsters, and gods. If she fails, she will forfeit her life and the lives of everyone who loves her. But if she succeeds, she may finally gain the ability to love someone in return.
I’ve been pining for this book for quite a while, but it wasn’t until the two aforementioned bloggers posted their reviews that I became ravenous and desperate. And they were both right about Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm. I don’t know if I automatically expect self-published books to range from okay to crap, but that’s my instinct, so I hardly ever read them. This book, however, I never would’ve guessed was self-published until I found it mentioned. As I was reading this story, my mind was blown. Here’s an author who did so much of the work that publishers take on with their own authors and put together something fabulous, which is extraordinary in and of itself. Layered carefully with mysteries all intertwined and unraveling as the plot goes on, unique mythology, and characters that… gosh, that really come to matter, Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm is a stellar work filled with beautiful philosophical implications and a play on what love really means and what feats it can accomplish.

Maddy is different from your average heroine. She’s an odd jumble of things partially because of who she is and how she’s connected to the stag she meets along the way called Jas. Always kept away from the outside community, Maddy is labeled a mad woman for the voice she hears and the words she cannot force out of her mouth. She has no voice that ordinary people can hear, and, for that, she’s talked around but never to. As Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm progresses, Maddy begins to question her humanity, the emotions she’s always felt were her own, and it’s heartbreaking because she is heartbroken by the notion she cannot love. But, how can a heartless someone be so hurt then? Desperate to find her voice, Maddy’s quest for her own truth, for her voice, as Misty says, “is a good metaphor for her story in general.” She’s intriguing and inquisitive and her circumstances are so bitter and wrenching, and she questions why this has to be, how this is to be. More than that, despite her unique nature and outlandish predicament, Maddy is relatable and genuine and she arouses so much emotion from us and the characters just in her understanding of things and how she reaches out.

The other characters themselves are pretty amazing. Each with their own brutal secrets and mysterious pasts which come into play in the plot almost as much as the over-arcing mystery. They don’t just effect the movement of the story but how they perceive certain circumstances and in their motives for acting as they do. At the core, each of them yearn to be loved, to be taken in for who they are, no matter how wild or crazy or self-loathing. It doesn’t really matter the kind of love, just the acceptance that comes along with it.

Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm is a fast-paced, fairytalelike tale that is equally thought-provoking and interesting, with a fast and firm clutch on the heart because these characters are all broken in some way, irrevocable or otherwise. The story laments of love and all its complex forms, the rights and wrongs of “playing God,” and accepting oneself no matter how chaotic. Titan Magic is a compelling, fascinating favorite!

Rating: Perfect Bed Partner
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Giselleco said...

Great review, love! I read this one too and it was super different than what I expected. The mythology was one I was not familiar with at all so it was very interesting to learn about.  I also agree on the philosophical side of the story. Glad you enjoyed it so much! :)

Asher Knight said...

 REALLY? I didn't expect it to be so seriously amazing. I don't read very many self-published books so this was an awesome surprise! And, right? The mythology is cray - I had no idea what they were. Which made the book even MORE interesting. And I just loved the themes. I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE ANOTHER FAN OF THE BOOK :D

Sarah (saz101) said...

Eeee! So excited to see such a fabulous review! I read the first chapter of this one months ago, and bought the ebook instantly. It sounded AMAZING, and that intro *dies* and I'm so annoyed I still haven't had time to read it! And now your review! Amazing!

Heidi said...

I was totally craving this book after reading Misty's review as well!  So of course I was THRILLED when I found out that I actually won a copy from Fairy Tale Fortnight.  I'll be reading it soon!  I hope that I find it to be as successful as you did.  I too am often/usually wary of self published book, but this one's calling to me.  It sounds dark, full of fairy tale goodness, and great characters.

Asher Knight said...

 YES. THE FIRST CHAPTER sucks you right in, and I couldn't stop reading it the moment I'd started it. It felt so wonderfully fantasy and because it read like a fairy tale it made it more appealing. Oh, gosh, the magic, mythology, the characters! AMAZING. You HAVE TO READ IT.

Asher Knight said...

 It's so wonderful and beautiful, Heidi. I seriously loved each of the characters, the message, the magic and lore. It was just all around GREAT. It's so fab that you won a copy!!! I hope you love it as much as we all did. Lamm's book doesn't even feel like a self-pub.