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Review: The Long Guest by Jennifer Mugrage

[ Image Source: ] This is a fairly well done cover. I’m getting a school or library artwork-type vibe from this, which is great and that yellow lettering on the author name is a excellent choice for color palette.

This review was done as an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

Hrm, let’s see . . . what do we look for in books that isn’t mentioned a whole lot? That’s it! You guessed it – immersion. The Long Guest by Mugrage is exactly that. The story immerses you in an environment from long ago, around 10000 B.C. where chaos reigns down from the sky, creating a language barrier to prevent the continuation of building the Tower of Babel. Only 17 pages before the story dropped for me, which came in way under my 100 page threshold mark.

This book reads like a journal, it’s close and personal and throughout my reading I felt like one of the family. It really is that close and personal. The writing comes from the perspective of a few different family members in the midst of this divine chaos and they find an injured Cushite, take him in as prisoner in their journey to find peace, to sort through the abrupt change. All the family politics comes with it, pelted with vivid hunting scenes ( reminded me of playing FarCry Primal ), light fantasy elements ( dragons ), giants, realistic pessimism, battle scenes and yes, even humbling nipple twists. 🤣

I can relate to this book, even in modern life. So much going on, sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and do the best you can, sometimes feeling like a person hunched over in a hail storm. Personally, I’m not a history person. However, I realize the great lessons it provides and I’m apt to give a quick judgement about history as boring, however this book is anything but boring.

“He does not have the air of command as I and all my family had. He does not carry his authority out in front of him, as it were, nor does he command a room. In mien he carries himself more like a beggar, or like a lonely shepherd. But like a shepherd, he seems to have gentle and invisible control over his sheep. I have seen them defer to him as if he had great wisdom as well as power. Were my body not broken, I would never submit to this Tiras, never, never. But now, because of my situation, I am forced to do so.”

© 2020, Jennifer Mugrage

This book isn’t algorithmic, but genuine. That being said, if you are used to the usual narrative arc style of a problem, rise and fall of plot, this deviates some from that and that earns brownie points from S.D. The writing is archaic in style and rightfully so, which took a little getting used to. I appreciated all the research that must have went into writing this! That is the wow factor here, guys and gals. I am no expert in this time period, but it sure is convincing, to say the least.

IT’S THE RANLUSIVE ( RANDOM AND ELUSIVE ) DISCO BALL. Guys, no one even invited the disco ball into the empty room with no people?! The dance is happening today! But noooooo, we didn’t want disco music, we wanted HEAVY METAL!!! 🙃

Now, let’s talk bad stuff, because no matter if it’s a five star book, there is sure to be something bad about it. I didn’t like the fact that this book was non-justified and font was in Times New Roman. There was quite a bit of details thrown in everywhere and that is not a bad thing in itself, as it added to the immersion factor for me, but I would have liked to see a bit more accentuation into important parts of the story in the form of pace changing and organization of themes. Minor inconveniences.


Such a lovely prize to come across some indie writing that satiates! I can’t state enough about some of the joys I have come across on this journey to find suitable indie authors that have something worthwhile to offer. The Long Guest fits the bill nicely and gets ★★★★☆ four stars out of five.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

2 replies on “Review: The Long Guest by Jennifer Mugrage”

Thanks for the this lovely review. (Hope it’s appropriate for me, as the author, to say so.) It’s nice to see that a young man can enjoy this story, and I’m thrilled that the hunts reminded you of FarCry Primal.
I’ll justify the next one, but, sorry … Times New Roman is here to stay. 🙂

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