by Steve North


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Ever wonder why we humans are constantly torn by love and hate, trust and fear, peace and war? Did all of our ancestors come from Mauria?
In the spirit of Lord of the Rings and Avatar, author Steve North weaves an incredibly original, fascinating, and complex story of love, power, life and death -- that takes place before we existed on Earth.
Mauria is . . .
A gripping tale of two races, the Maurians and the Vuervee -- one the food supply of the other-and so different there can only be one shocking conclusion.
An amazing and complex cast of characters, all unknowingly marching toward the same precipice.
A wild ride on a cyclone of love, power, beauty, hate and greed-tamed only by fate . . . Ours.

Steve North has written for countless television shows and films, and lives in Los Angeles. He has also appeared on many daytime and evening talk shows and been profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Mauria is his first novel.

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ISBN-13: 9780983126171
Publisher: BFE Press
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Mauria 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ChristaJLS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back before our current species existed there lived two races, the Maurians and the Vurvee. The Maurians were the so called advanced of the two, hunting and living off the nearby, peaceful Vurvee. This was the way of their lives until Blisfur (a Vurvee) and Kurk (a Maurian) fall unexpectedly in love. Around the same time a Maurian scientist is experimenting with Maurian and Vurvee DNA and produces Trebel. And so begins the demise of the status quo as they know it.Originally I was really excited for this book. A little bit fantasy, a little bit speculative fiction. Sounded like a good time. Never did I expect to be so confused. First of all, there are way too many characters. Characters (Maurian and Vurvee alike) are thrown at you left, right and centre. Some of them relevant, most of them extras who are featured to prominently. This is only exacerbated by the vocabulary used to describe the strange world of Mauria. North has created his own language to describe many of the customs, philosophies and surroundings of Mauria. This normally wouldn't be a problem except that many of them are thrown in without context or definition and some are used once and never seen again. Sometimes the language just seemed lazy, for example MauriaYear, forehair, waisthair, WeatherSensor, and using ¿Mr. Sir.¿ when referring to people of authority.I still think the premise of this book is interesting. I like the Vurvee and I really like Trebel. She's an important character and their should be more focus on her. She's the first person from CityMauria to break out and survive in the wilderness like the Vurvee. She's strong, naive and likeable. There needs to more Trebel!This is the advanced review copy, so who knows some changes could be made. From my perspective the book just needs a good stylistic editor to go through and fix it up. So I'm going to hold off recommending this book. Maybe one day there will be a revised version and I'll try reading it again. Until then get your fantasy fix elsewhere.
TheyCallMeVarmit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read Mauria, Steve North's first novel. The idea that it would be influenced by Avatar, with a smackering of a Lord of the Rings influence tossed in, highly appealed to me. As I began to read, however, I was sorely disappointed.I believe the storyline is an intriguing one, and I love the contrast between the two races. The Maurians are city-dwellers, more human in appearance and behavior, and more focused on technology, power, and they use the Vuervee as food. They believe life is more a "line". The Vuervee, on the other hand, are more animal-like , live in nature, and believe to kill another is to kill yourself. To them, life is a circle. As I read the story, I began to enjoy the passages that featured some of my favorite characters, such as the half-breed female, Trebel, and the half-breed Dillon, even if I didn't fully understand every single thing they were talking about.The author invented his own language for this book, for the characters, and throughout the book they are using certain terms that are never really given an explanation or definition of. And so, I felt like I was left guessing, scratching my head and trying to figure out what a certain term means in relation to the story. An example of a short passage is:"To the Vuervee, the tree was a center of Signs. Many times Tedrin had Mented to the line of this tree that he might sense the ways of the Mauria."Now, at first glance, that may be confusing. But, by the time I finished the book, I felt like maybe I had a better understanding of what certain terms (like some of those above) meant. And so, I feel with a second reading, my pace would be faster and I could enjoy the book more. My problem is that I want to thoroughly enjoy it the first time without having to stop and do a little homework. It's a nice world that the author has proposed here, but it just isn't painted as nicely as it could have been. I do not believe this book is "terrible", only that it is "select", and it is not one written for me
rmattos More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, hard to believe that it is just the first novel from Mr. North. He writes like a very experienced author (as he really is, from his experience with TV shows). The story shows the conflict of two civilizations, the Maurians and the Vuervee. The Maurians are manipulators and the Vuervee are naturalists, more animal like creatures, that are hunted and eaten by the Maurians. The idea of a civilization controlling emotions and sex reminded me of "1984" by George Orwell. The creation of all details of a fictional world is as complex as "The Lord of the Ring" by J.R.R.Tolkien with his middle-earth and all the particular language of each group of characters. This book needs to be read slowly so you can savor all the rich details it brings into scene on every turn of a page. Initially it is difficult to follow the complexity of the Maurian society, so I had to go many times to the "Power Structure of Mauria" reference page at the end of the book. Once you assimilate the structure, everything flows smoothly. I would recommend this book to any science-fiction fan, but it is really hard to classify this book in just this genre. It is dense, it is intense, it is unique, it is a wonderful novel. This book was written by Steve North and it was published in 2010 by (Brook Forest Entertainment) BFE Press and they were kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing. Thanks, Mr. Steve North, for such a wonderful novel.