The Maenad's God


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Arula Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.88 inches | 1.27 pounds
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About the Author

Karen Michalson is the author of three literary fantasy novels: Enemy Glory, Hecate's Glory, and The King's Glory, which together form the Enemy Glory trilogy. She once described the trilogy, which is narrated by an anti-hero magician who chooses evil as a response to an unspeakable betrayal, as "literary fiction tripping the dark fantastic." Her fourth novel, The Maenad's God, blends psychological thriller, magical realism, romantic suspense, and rock band fiction. It takes place in 1990s Massachusetts and Toronto.


"Karen Michalson's first fiction release since her Enemy Glory trilogy is a genre-blending narrative that combines rock n' roll and mythology with magic realism and crime fiction to create a highly palatable story with a distinctly unique flavor. . . . Readers who enjoyed Michalson's Enemy Glory trilogy will find this novel a much deeper, richer-and more intimate-story. Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, the author delivers a strange and beautiful narrative tapestry woven with threads of music, myth, and magic. . . . Adventurous fantasy fans-particularly deep readers-will find this genre-hybridized novel addictive." - BlueInk Review (Starred Review)

"The Maenad's God is the latest book by Karen Michalson. The author tackles several heavy themes masterfully. It's a tale that will keep you on your toes, guessing what's real and imaginary and what to expect next. Michalson takes the reader in one direction when the expectation is the opposite, making it a thrilling read. The author artfully deals with Peter's evolving sexuality brilliantly and in a way that is both challenging and not too explicit. . . . I cannot praise The Maenad's God by Karen Michalson highly enough. It is a mind-bending masterpiece." - Literary Titan (5/5)

"Michalson's prose, as narrated by the loquacious Pete, is by turns wisecracking and obsessive. . . . Even so, Pete's quest takes him in unexpected occult directions, opening up an intricate world of ecstasy and paranoia. . . . the novel's angst and atmosphere-both authentically '90s-make for a strangely alluring reading experience. An engaging, snaking, and spirit-tinged murder tale about obsession and control." - Kirkus Reviews

"Mystical, lyrical, and inhabited by gods, The Maenad's God is a surprisingly supernatural love story. . . . The book's exponential eccentricity is captivating: it moves between mystery elements, those of magical realism, and a dark moodiness." - Aimee Jodoin, Foreword Clarion Reviews

"An engaging metafictional romp through an improbable New England." - Tucker Lieberman, Independent Book Review