Taking Vengeance by M.K. Theoderatus

Taking Vengeance by M.K. Theoderatus


Once Mariah was a hero of the Rebellion that saved the Half-Elven from genocide. After decades of fighting with Linden, the ruler and a former lover, over his policies, she exchanges her sword of power for her healing kit, determined to let Linden wallow in his mistakes.

When her daughter’s family is attacked by privateers, Mariah’s anger flares. She and her partner seek simple vengeance, but the privateers present a greater danger than they imagined. Mariah discovers she must find a way to reconcile with Linden–if the Half-Elven are to survive.


I loved this book. I’ve read so many books that just rip off the Lord of the Rings when it comes to Elves. They’re all graceful godlike beings. It can get a bit old.

Not so with “Taking Vengeance”. Here we have some half-elves who are ready to raise some hell with bolts of lightning and magic swords. Their magic is different as well; they can also teleport themselves and objects (like the swords) and speak with each other telepathically. This is a new approach to the Elven legend which is really refreshing.

The world of the Far Isles, on which our story takes place, is really well conceived and contains so many interesting characters. There are the Half-Elves, the Drummers, the pirating Trestemontans, the household pishkies and the eastern shamans to name but a few. There are also hints to a larger world beyond the Marshes (where Mariah lives), war betweens the neighbouring lands and spying on Suthron lords. They are well crafted into a fascinating story; you can’t help but be captivated by it all.

M.K. Theodoratus draws you in further still by creating a new language with “transferring” (teleporting), “shadowing” (a form of concealment) and “mindspeak” (telepathy). This is a tool I love to see in these types of books as it helps to shape the world in your imagination. Some authors forgot that when you create a new people they need a language of their own; it makes them more authentic to the reader.

The story does need a good editor though as there are some small errors in the text and it does need some work on the pacing. It’s no bad thing it’s such a large world that M.K. is introducing us to, but we don’t get a good sense of the characters before they jump into the action. The story is better than this and would do well from being expanded into a full length book.

My rating is a strong 4/5, with me salivating over the thought of the next story…

You can find a sample from this book, and her other novel “Cavern Between Worlds”, on Smashworlds:


2 responses to “Taking Vengeance by M.K. Theoderatus

  1. pippajay

    August 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

    It’s getting harder and harder for me to find books that snag my interest, but you’ve managed to get me intrigued with your review. I will look this one up. 🙂

    • stuffwhatiwrote

      August 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Aha, thank you kindly. Was very good. Made me want to read her other work. Let me know what you think.


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