Book Review: Valen and the Beasts

Valen and the Beasts
  • Title: VALEN AND THE BEASTS (A Juno and the Lady Novella, An Acre Story, Book 1.1)
  • Author: G.J. Kemp
  • Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 126 pages
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
  • Publisher: TB5 Publishing
  • Where To Find It: Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub


Valen plucked the glass box off the shelf and gently placed it on his desk. Inside, a set of handcrafted metal circles linked to form the body of his new beast. He closed his eyes and dreamed of the Fairacre residents buying his latest creations.

A commotion outside Valen’s shop brings him back to the present. The Captain has caught the leader of the sewer rats and is parading her in front of Fairacre residents. Her fate will be determined by the townsfolk’s demands.

Valen steps in to defend the leader.

​A story of discovery, hope and courage, Valen and the Beasts is a journey of an outsider risking everything to stand up for the people he loves. Will Valen save the leader of the sewer rats? Will he show everyone his secret? Or will he buckle under the pressures of the old conventions?

About The Author

A nomad at heart, GJ has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.

Born with cerebral palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes he occasionally succeeds.

​Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his dogs on the beach.

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My Thoughts on Valen and the Beasts

As I finished Juno and The Lady earlier last week I was very curious to see how G.J. Kemp would show us more of Valen who had only been a minor player in it. I was fascinated by him, and I very much looked forward to seeing that the next book in the series would focus on him.

Valen and the Beasts picks up right where we left off in Juno and the Lady, and as I am coming to expect from G.J. Kemp, we are immersed directly back into a world straight out of our imaginations. 

Things I enjoyed in this short story: 

 ∘The way Valen was developed throughout this story

 ∘The very descriptive battle scenes, it felt like you were right there!

 ∘The banter between characters

 ∘The explanations on the different mechanical machines built

Overall, this was an interesting book 1.5 in a series. I do wish it had gone a bit more in depth as I feel like the book was more focused on the battles vs learning more about Valen. Now off to read book 2!

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest thoughts.

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