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Kaji Warriors: Shifting Strength follows Atae, a hybrid Kaji half-breed, aiming to prove herself as a Kaji among a culture of strength and honor. Atae attends the elite Sula Academy full of hybrids like her and Kaji purebreds and they all need to test their strength in grand tournaments, but the purebreds have an advantage that hybrids do not; the ability to transform into savage battle beasts. Even with odds stacked against her and her packmates they won’t give up and they will fight even with the grave chance of death.
Kelly A Nix has done a fantastic job with her debut novel, successfully blending riveting elements of science-fiction and fantasy seamlessly. Kaji Warriors: Shifting Strength can start off rocky because you are subject to a lot of world-building and upfront foundation establishment. However, the different cultures, races, and relationships between them that was established here were very intriguing and delving into this later on in the story was, personally, one of the most captivating elements of the story.
The strong female protagonist, Atae, was meticulously developed which results in a solid character brilliantly written. She is headstrong, prideful, and more determined than absolutely anyone. As with every great character, she is not perfect either, she needs to overcome many obstacles and, often times, they can’t be defeated through physical strength. Other characters are also well-written, like the hard-working, intelligent Jeqi and, my personal favorite, Jent, a unique hybrid that even Atae finds unusual.
Kelly A Nix also does not hold back in writing tough and chaotic battles with multiple moves and brutal results which adds a lot to the intensity of the action. There are many intense scenes that is written with a fun prose and consistently grips you into the story effortlessly. The attention to detail is admirable and helped to fully immerse me into the eyes of Atae and the world of Planet Kaji.
As with every novel out there, Kaji Warriors: Shifting Strength is not for everyone but it targets its audience very well and there is not a lot of criticisms that we have towards it. This is an impressive first novel and I am looking forward to seeing the next installment of this series and future works of Kelly A Nix.
Pages: 352 | ASIN: B089LSSBCQ
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