Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana
by: Lisa Lee and Tee Morris
This issue we are traveling to the realm of Morevi for
our book review. I suggest you buckle your seat belts and
keep your hands inside your armchair for this journey;
it's a wild one.
Rafe begins his story as no more than a sailor on a
pirate ship but he receives a sudden promotion when his
captain and first mate are shot down by Spanish cannon
fire. However, taking control of a pirate crew seems a
minor problem compared to navigating the Rift, a doorway
into the other "new world". Rafe brings his
crew through and into a realm of mystery and intrigue
unlike anything fifteenth century England has to offer.
Askana, the queen of Morevi is surrounded by danger and
double cross. Unsure who she can trust in her own
government, she hires Rafe to help expose the spies
hiding amongst her noble ladies. The unlikely hero proves
his worth when he battles extreme odds to return Askana
to her throne. Along the way, they find themselves
fighting more than just their enemies as their own mutual
Morevi was well written and fast paced. The story
flowed nicely and kept my attention to the end. The
characters leapt off the page and provided a great deal
of entertainment, (as well as an occasional well timed
chuckle to lighten the tension). The Asian influence on
the setting is a welcome break from the standard fantasy
European medieval fare. While many Asian based stories
revolve around samurai, Morevi has a fascinating
history and culture all its own.
Perhaps the biggest problem I had with the book was the
size of the print. It was small and did cause a bit of
eyestrain...though that did not deter me from reading.
The cover is beautifully done. Going with a small press
allowed the authors to help design and chose the cover.
This is something I wish more publishers would allow
their authors to do. The cover pulls the reader into the
mystique of the story even before they open the book
One of the things I found most fascinating about Morevi
was the fact that its authors have never met in person.
Tee and Lisa met in a chat room and began discussing
their love of writing. This led to email exchanges about
the worlds and characters they were creating. They
combined Tee's Rafe and Lisa's Askana in a storyline that
developed into an ongoing story. Despite being half a
world apart, they finished their novel and they found a
publisher. Hearing that description, you might think the
story would reflect their different writing styles, but
the writing is seamless and the characters are
Published by Dragon Moon Press, a small publisher out of
Calgary, Canada, Morevi can be ordered from their
As well as through Amazon
Sample chapters and more information can be found at the
authors' official website: Morevi
Morevi earns a * * * * 1/2 rating.
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently