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The Demon Left Behind Paperback – Feb 14 2011
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"...A Magical journey, set in a time when sorceress queens still lived in Europe's northern woods. The Black Chalice is a spellbinding tale..." — Riane Eisler, author
"The historical and mythological elements blend seamlessly, making The Black Chalice a must-read for fantasy connoisseurs." — Meridith Renwick, Quill and Quire
"This complex chronicle does much the same thing for medieval Germany that Marion Zimmer Bradley did for Arthurian England...captures the chaotic sense of medieval German politics, and the ultimate irony of waging war in the name of a god of peace." — Carolyn Cushman, Locus
About the Author
Award winning author Marie Jakober graduated with honors from Ottawa's Carleton University. She has written nine novels, including The Demon Left Behind, Even the Stones, The Mind Gods and Sandinista. Her novel The Black Chalice was awarded the Independent Publisher Book Award and Only Call Us Faithful received the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.
Marie was born and raised on an isolated homestead farm in northern Alberta. Few neighbors, no school; she took her first eight grades by correspondence. Books were scarce until she was fifteen or thereabouts, when she was able to take advantage of a 'borrowing by mail' library. "In such an environment, the life of the imagination takes on a central importance."
At age thirteen, Marie won an international competition based in India with a poem called The Fairy Queen. This attracted a great deal of attention and many rewards, including a scholarship which enabled her to attend university. Marie graduated from high school in Edmonton, and from university (Carleton) in Ottawa, with distinction. Since then she has held a variety of jobs but has always considered her real work to be writing.
All of her work is, in one way or another, about power. Who has it and why? Who doesn't have it and why? What happens to people and societies when power relationships become seriously unequal? How are power structures and power relationships created, how are they maintained, how are they changed? What ideas and myths form their foundations? What are the connections between power and religion? Power and sexuality? Power and ethics? Power and the use of violence?
Jakober's first book, The Mind Gods, set in 2350, explores what happens when the inhabitants of a small colony planet develop extraordinary psychic powers along with their severe, mind-centered religion. Sandinista and A People in Arms are contemporary novels dealing with the Nicaraguan revolution. Even The Stones examines the coming of patriarchy to an ancient realm of the Goddess. The Black Chalice, a man's belief in his own right to total power threatens the entire medieval world. And >i>The Demon Left Behind is an urban fantasy.
Where do these ideas come from? "The gods, I presume. The Unknown. Chaos. Certainly no place to which I can draw a map. It feels as though I do not choose my stories; rather, they choose me. And when they decide they want to be written, they're very insistent about it."
"As a result I'm very disciplined when I have a work in progress. Get up early (sixish) and maybe an early morning walk. I almost always sit down with a pot of coffee and some appropriate music (medieval, American Civil War-whatever 'links' with the work in hand) and spend the first thirty or forty minutes just listening, letting the music create a mindspace and focus my concentration."
"Once a project is well underway, most of my available time goes toward it-daytime to writing, evenings to related reading and research. I still see my friends, but most everything else suffers."
When time allows, Marie is addicted to music, good ethnic food, challenging conversations, and yes, believe it or not, hockey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Wye-Wye is the youngest member of the group, and insatiably curious, so it is very easy for him to follow his own path to satisfy that curiosity. After much diligent searching, and several broadcast summons (respond immediately or else), the group concludes that Wye-Wye is not just hiding or has lost track of time, he is Seriously Missing.
Melusine takes a big chance, and calls in Paige Ballantyne, human investigative reporter, to help in the search. She tells him all about their origin, and why they're on Earth. As a professional cynic, it takes him a while to accept it. Their search takes them to several different cities. In Toronto, Melusine meets Cyprian, an old friend and fellow demon. He has spent too many years in human form, so he is now "stuck"; he can't change back to demon form. Meantime, the relationship between Melusine and Ballantyne turns serious.
The search moves to Austin, texas, and has to do with an academic conference on the "Left behind" series of novels. It's a place where the residents take their religion (specifically, the End Times) very seriously. Stand-up comedy jokes about it are not acceptable. The group of demons gets involved with the leader of a small local militia group. He has a very well-stocked underground bunker, and is not going to just wait for the End Times to come.
This is a gem of a book. It is an easy to read love story, and a search-for-missing-person story, with just enough weird in it. This is recommended for everyone, even those who think that they won't like fantasy or paranormal books.