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Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks.

Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.

Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eas
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by NValters
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-2018, 2-star
So I must say, Melokai begins on a strong note. This self published title immediately introduces a ruthless land ruled by women, prosperous under the leadership of Melokai Ramya, but heading swiftly toward a dangerous prophecy. Quite an intriguing premise!

Unfortunately, after a beautifully promising opening, I found myself quickly losing interest in the way this story unfolded. More than anything, I just couldn't keep myself fully engaged as I read through new character introductions and events, wh
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-galleys
Ramya is the Melokai of Peqkya. She's been the Melokai for a long time and believes her time is up. When she goes to the prophet Sybilya to learn her fate she instead receives a shocking prophecy fortelling trouble and a wolf claiming the throne. Ramya is prepared to fight off all who dare challenge Peqkya, but she is not prepared for love. Ramya finds herself thrown off balance by her personal life while preparing to defend her home.

Melokai is so different from what I expected. The
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I choose most of my books via r/fantasy. Last week the author offered Melokai at a discounted price so I grabbed a copy. I knew nothing about the book or the author and didn’t know what to expect.

The opening of the book is more than promising. Nicely written and intriguing, it allowed me to enter the lore in a smooth way. I was hooked from the start and wanted to learn more.

Allow me to share some thoughts.

The story follows multiple characters and cultures. The titular Me
C.T. Phipps
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
MELOKAI is the story of Ramya, the ruler of a mountain kingdom in the middle of a fantasy world under threat from a new race of wolf-like beings. Her people are fiercely matriarchal, keeping the men in their society enslaved and regularly culling their ranks. Ramya is what passes as a liberal in her society but is still a ruthless, vicious, and terrifying ruler.

Rosalyn Kelly does an excellent job of crafting an elaborate and well-realized society that interacts with its fellow nations in believ
Rosalyn Kelly
Nov 09, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks for your interest in my epic fantasy Melokai! I won't rate my own book here but just wanted to let you know a couple of things...

You can read Chapter One of Melokai on my blog here:

Or you can download a free preview ebook of the first five chapters here:

And I appreciate each and every review - thank you!

All the best,
Rosalyn :)
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, poc-characters
I had so much fun with this and I am actually pretty sad I have to wait a year for part 2 but I will do just that. There were a lot of different characters but there was so much though put into them. There was so much diversity and great world building. It sucked me in right away.
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
OMG!!! That cover.... It's so beautiful.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Publishing Date: October 2017

Publisher: Kobo


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.3/5

Publisher’s Description: Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy. Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust he/>Publisher’s
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This is a great book. It’s nice to see different types of characters and themes rather than the cookie cutter fantasy out there. Is it perfect? No. I’ve never read a book that was. Is it entertaining and well written? It certainly is. Hats off to this author for reaching beyond the accepted norms to create something unique and epic.
This books starts with action from the outset and does not let up.  Melokai Ramya is told that "A wolf will claim the throne", her throne no less.  The story that follows introduces several other races of people and their interactions with each other. Some of the races have trade agreements and tentative alliances that seem on the face of it, to work.  There is however an underlying discord, one that will threaten the fragile peace of all the races.

This is a great read.  Rosalyn has
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Melokai introduces us to a brutal world of tribal nations with unique races and strange customs. The Melokai is the ruler of the Peqkya society. Their tendencies are very bestial, although their appearance is human. It's a misandrous society, where men are second-class citizens and vulnerable to extreme punishments for slight mistakes. Cats are a big part of their lives, including cats that can speak. The Peqkya culture is very detailed, complex, and violent. It's an excellent display of a cultu ...more
Aaron-Michael Hall
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melokai: In the Heart of the Mountains by Rosalyn Kelly is an engrossing, dark and diverse fantasy that propels you into the world immediately. The cover alone promises an epic read, and author Kelly didn’t disappoint.

In the opening, Melokai Rayma is accompanied by her counselor and Head Scholar, Chaz, to entreat the Stone Prophetess Sybilya. Each Melokai ruling the matriarchal society of Peqky serves for a decade, and then a new Melokai is elected. After which, the departing ruler’s
Adam Taylor
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy to voluntarily review. I have to say, it was one of the best choices I had made. This book pulls you in from the beginning, and leaves you gasping once you finish.
I pretty much immediately re-read this book. I could talk all day about how much I liked the setting, plot, and cultures this book has displayed. However my absolute favourite part of this book was the characters. They felt so real, I could easily sympathize with their feelings. The c
Nicola Appleby
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute rip-roaring cracker of a fantasy novel! Not my normal genre, I must admit, and I was a bit tentative over the first few pages. But I needn't have worried at all as the story gathered pace from the off and had me turning the pages long after I should have put it down. Characters are amazing and incredible, likeable and dislikable in equal measure and it was brilliant to see the plot build from multiple perspectives. As for the world Rosalyn Kelly has created, it's stunning and ma ...more
This review was originally posted on my blog!

I've got a copy from the author through TBRIndr in exchange of an honest review.

This is going to be a mini review as I decided to pull a DNF at 42%. Since I have no knowledge about how the book finishes, I’ll only focus on that part I actually read.

Melokai starts out pretty well. We get to know Ramya, the leader of a kingdom surrounded by mountains. Every ten years, a new Melokai is being announced by the prophetess, Sybilia – can we stop nam/>
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received Melokai for free as part of r/fantasy’s TBRindr initiative, meant to popularize and highlight the works of independently published authors.

Melokai’s opening held a great deal of promise, which could’ve propelled the story forward. Unfortunately, this novel didn’t ultimately deliver on the promises made, both by its opening and its cover. Before I get down to the Good, Bad and Meh, I would like to state that this review represents only my opinion of Melokai. Although my opi
Ray Else
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Impressive undertaking, expansive, imaginative. Characters to cheer for and characters to hate. A lot of setup but then a good exciting ending. For a mature audience. Look forward to the next book in the series.
Simon Fairbanks
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Melokai is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy titled 'In the Heart of the Mountains' (ITHOTM), which looks set to be a huge success based on the quality of this opening instalment.

Author Rosalyn Kelly tells the story of Ramya, the successful but arrogant ruler of Peqkya, a mountain-dwelling nation of warrior women, where men are kept as servants and pleasure-givers. Ramya's alliances and feuds between neighbouring civilisations fluctuate throughout the novel, and she develops a
Sugat Machale
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Melokai was an enticing read and I found it to be an extremely engaging book. Kelly creates a completely new world quite convincingly and populates it with characters that speak to you: you love them, you hate them, you sympathize with them, but most importantly they stay with you long after you've clicked through the last page.

What I love most about Rosalyn Kelly's writing is the elegance and the simplicity of her words. She conveys a rather complex multidimensional story with such a grace tha
Saundra Wright
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Roslyn Kelly has gifted the reader with a richly envisioned world comprised of basically five nations and peopled them with vastly different races, unlike our own! The Melokai rules over a nation whose people have lithe catlike qualities to their bodies and clevercat companions. The current Melokai has lead longer than most in this society where female warriors rule and has made many innovations. But times are changing and danger approaches, perhaps from all sides! Come along on this journey and ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘So much death, so many good women gone.’

British author Rosalyn Kelly was born in the south of England but has lived in the Middle East and travelled the globe extensively. She studied English Literature and Language at Oxford Brookes University before embarking on a PR and marketing career, telling the stories of international brands and businesses. In 2016 she decided to devote her career to writing, debuting with MELOKAI inspired by the mountains of Nepal's stunning Annapurna Sanc
Rating: 6/10

Melokai is an ambitious debut novel, and the strong opening few chapters promise a lot, though I don’t feel that the book ultimately fulfilled that potential. Nonetheless, those facets of the story I did like do outweigh those that didn’t work for me. The book’s most notable strength is in its inventive world building, which is a welcome departure from the typical fantasy setting. There are no elves, dwarves, dragons or any other staples of the genre that have been done to dea/>INITIAL
Mike Moser
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got an advanced copy of this book and found it to be a compelling story and easy read... I got sucked into the characters and storyline pretty quickly and all in all enjoyed it. Only reason for not going all the way to "5" stars - I found the dialogue a little strange - kind of too modern and it was a little distracting from the kind of universe the author was seeking to create... I also thought the sex stuff was a little overdone... But beyond that - clearly a strong effort and a lot of thoug ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
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~I was given a copy of Melokai in exchange for an honest review by the author, Rosalyn Kelly. This in no way influences my review~

I really enjoyed reading this book. The world building is done so well! I did have some issues with the multiple POVs and the character building, however it did not take away from the book at all! That being said, I really did like getting to read all sides of the story from the different characters. Overall, this b
Niki Livingston
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story! Although it was more gory and disturbing than I thought it would be, I enjoyed the writing and the story line. I was a bit put off by the different perspectives throughout the book, as it made it hard to connect with each character, but as I neared the end I felt like I really knew and understood so many various aspects of this world and its characters. The author did a phenomenal job of keeping it all straight and helping me fall in love with the story. Can't wait for the next ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book that I voluntarily chose to review.

This is a book that grabs your attention and imagination from the very first chapter. It's a fantasy book that you can get lost in. The places and characters are described so well that you have a very clear picture in your mind about this fantasy world. I really enjoyed the way the book was written and was told by various viewpoints. I didn't want it to end.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

This is a tricky review to write because my opinions are somewhat all over the place. On the whole, this is a really fascinating novel with complex, innovative ideas explored and an expansive fantasy world that is brilliantly created. Despite this, I didn't love other aspects of this book quite as much as I expected to.

Peqka, the main location of this book, is a strong matriarchal society in which men are basically kept as
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
First in a series of fantasy novels. Centred around the matriarchal society of Pekqya. This novel follows the main story of Ramaya, the ruler of Pekqya. In this society men are treated as slaves and killed if they displease women, not many men are allowed to survive past childhood. We follow the story, and build the world, following multiple characters, told from their perspective at different times. It’s interesting only because it’s so rare to have a fantasy set in a matriarchal society like t ...more
K.S. Marsden
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ramya has led the Pekya people successfully for years, but new threats are rising from all directions. Now, she must choose between what she wants, and her duty as Melokai.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ramya is the head of a tribe of cat-like people, where women are in control. All males are treated as servants and slaves, as they have proven themselves incapable of having any responsibilities.
The Pekians are full of traditions, and are a v
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the very beginning of this story, I was thrown into the action and customs of this new world and the people of Peqkya, where women reign supreme and men are seen as nothing more than useful slaves or pleasure-givers. Ramya is their Melokai or leader, but she knows that her rule is almost at an end and she will be banished and alone soon. But when a prophecy is declared, Ramya understands that there is a threat against her people and she will fight like the warrior that she is, but when a my ...more
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Rosalyn Kelly grew up in the magical New Forest in the south of England and has lived around the country as well as in the Middle East and travelled all over the world.

She studied English Literature and Language at Oxford Brookes University before embarking on a PR and marketing career.

After ten years of telling the stories of internationa
“Is it possible to bring all wolves into one pack? Who lead? We would kill each other before we even mounted an attack, mused Darrio.

His three pups were asleep next to him, a tangled mass of limbs. He moulded himself around them, nestling his head next to Sarrya. Drowsily she sniffed at his face before settling down to sleep again.

Fear our peaceful lives are about to change, sweet daughter.”
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