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The Rostikov Legacy (Malykant Mysteries #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Konrad Savast is the Malykant: foremost and most secret servant of the God of Death. His job? To track down the foulest of murderers and bring them to The Malykt's Justice. No mercy. No quarter.

Out in the mists of the Bone Forest lies the body of Lady Navdina Rostikova. Wealthy, beautiful and well-liked, she was at the forefront of high society in the city of Ekamet. But s
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published February 4th 2012
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Rachel Cotterill
Konrad Savast is a man with a very peculiar mission: when someone is murdered, his job is to kill the killer. But first he has to figure out who's resposible, meaning this story is at its heart a murder mystery, albeit set in a fantasy world. The fantasy elements mesh perfectly with the mystery plot: Konrad has two spirit serpents who accompany and assist him, and his work is all at the behest of the Malykt, a cold power who has bound Konrad in his service.

I really liked the interactions between
Jun 18, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
This is actually pretty good. It's an interesting take on the mystery genre with fantasy elements. Konrad has to solve a murder, and the setting evokes not only the Victorian writing of Wilke Collins, but also the tradition of the best ghost stories.

Enjoyable, with great world building.
L.K. Evans

So this was extremely short, but absolutely delightful. There was a melancholy tone to English’s writing that ensnared me rather quickly. Given that and the fact the main character acts on behalf of Death is pretty nifty. This reads primarily as a mystery with a nice dose of fantasy. I found the balance wonderful.

The world is slowly revealed. I like how things evolve very naturally. There was no long winded backstory, but we received wonderful hints that there is more to our main chara
Denyse Loeb
May 24, 2012 Denyse Loeb rated it liked it
I was actually pleasantly surprised by The Rostikov Legacy. While there were some editing issues, they were very few. Not at all what I expected from a self-published book. The plot was well done, the characters generally well rounded and interesting, the dialogue flowed well, and the setting fairly well developed. There was some awkward phrasing here and there, but it wasn't enough to stop me from reading. The author managed to keep the mystery going, and the events all made sense. There's tens ...more
Kelly Jarvis
Feb 06, 2017 Kelly Jarvis rated it it was amazing
something different I found it an easy read and the story of the Malykant is interesting and a descrptive take on extracting vengeance and justice to those that deserve it, think of him as death's support staff and somebody you wouldn't ever want to meet
Feb 10, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing
Written in a decidedly eerie and creepy style, this wonderfully spooky story follows Konrad, a detective working for a mysterious being called the Malykt. Followed everywhere by two spirit snakes, Konrad begins to investigate the case of a noblewoman murdered and left out in the swamps... if you love fantasy, creepy stories in general, and beautiful and witty writing, you should enjoy this one!
I re-read this novella upon acquiring the boxed set of four, and my rating remains a Goodreads 3 to 3.5 stars. (I didn't post any review before.) It has a unique and vividly drawn premise; an intriguing, not-obvious mystery; and well-crafted writing. I only caught two minor proofreading goofs.

However, the lead is rather cool and unemotional — his master, the death god, stripped away most of his capacity for strong emotion for efficiency's sake when he became the Malykant — so it was difficult f
Rosalind M
Oct 22, 2015 Rosalind M rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars for multifaceted characters and a subtly woven culture that immediately drew me in. This is a tale that would translate well into a visual medium with the right care and talent behind it. I was a little disappointed by how quickly and neatly the mystery was resolved, but I still eagerly anticipate reading more of Konrad Savast's adventures.
Aug 27, 2016 Riayl rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyed this one. Intriguing story and world. Off to check out more of this author's work!
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Charlotte E. English is one of those people who began writing as a child and never managed to stop. She published her first novel, Draykon, in 2011, and two other books quickly followed, completing the Draykon Series. To date she has written and published eight fantasy novels and four novellas, and has a head full of far more ideas than she can ever hope to have time to write. ...more
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