Review of Mayatte’s Catharsis
Jack E. Mohr’s original young adult story has the feel of a folk tale. It is set on a mythical island inhabited by people who prefer to keep themselves – a lesson they have learned from history.
When shipwrecked explorers wash up on the island’s shore, the curiosity of youth has Naña and her friend Morchato greeting the strangers. One of the strangers becomes ill, so Naña takes it upon herself to give aid. A cure may be possible, but it will mean a dangerous undertaking to obtain it.
Naña will encounter dangerous travel conditions, vicious creatures, and the magic of a goddess while being helped – and hindered – by one of the strangers. This is very much a coming of age mission for Naña, one that will be the stepping stone to greater things.
As often happens in these types of stories, Naña’s kindness toward the island’s visitors is met with the stranger’s greed, sparking yet another very important transformational mission for Naña.
The story ends quite abruptly (and frustratingly), leaving the reader to imagine how Naña becomes the savior of her people and a great leader.
Steeped in mysticism, emotion, bravery and discovery, Mayatte’s Catharis will appeal to young readers of fantasy.
Thanks to the author who provide a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion.
About Mayatte’s Catharsis by Jack E. Mohr
The mythical Island of Mayatte was never meant to be discovered by anyone, and its natives are about to find out why.
When a ship of foreigners crashes along the coast, everyone but Naña is wary of their inexplicable arrival. While others are suspicious and fearful, Naña is curious and even helpful, especially when one of the outsiders becomes gravely ill. But her goodwill might be a fatal flaw that puts the entire island in jeopardy.
While she grows closer to the foreigners, they discover something that could revolutionize the outside world. A resource so powerful, they’re compelled to harvest it at any cost. Naña is now pit against forces that could wipe her people from existence. How can she stop an enemy that’s more powerful than any of them can handle?
Mayatte’s Catharsis is a bittersweet tale of humanity in all its madness. Follow Naña through mystic battles, political unrest, and acts of kindness with magic leading every step of the way.
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