Maia Maia is a fifteen year old peasant beauty growing up in poverty beside Lake Serrelind Seduced by her stepfather and betrayed by her jealous mother Maia finds herself in the hands of slave traders to

  • Title: Maia
  • Author: RichardAdams
  • ISBN: 9780670800339
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Maia is a fifteen year old peasant beauty growing up in poverty beside Lake Serrelind Seduced by her stepfather and betrayed by her jealous mother, Maia finds herself in the hands of slave traders to be sold as a concubine She attracts the attention of General Kembri who uses her to obtain information from her admirers and her adventures uncover a plot for civil war ProMaia is a fifteen year old peasant beauty growing up in poverty beside Lake Serrelind Seduced by her stepfather and betrayed by her jealous mother, Maia finds herself in the hands of slave traders to be sold as a concubine She attracts the attention of General Kembri who uses her to obtain information from her admirers and her adventures uncover a plot for civil war Proclaimed as a heroine, she finds that one sinister result of fame is to have enemies in high places and Maia has to struggle for survival through treachery, cruelty, lost love and a final flight through a wild empire to escape a crumbling regime.

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    1. BoyI am surprised at how many people here gave this book a low rating and claimed it was "social commentary on women" or that the author obviously has a low opinion of women or portrays women negatively. Really? Did we read the same book? This book is full of strong and admirable female charactersd even some not-so-admirable female characters who still cannot be said to be dumb, small-brained, only interested in sex, or any other misrepresentation slung about here in these reviews.Maia is a fant [...]

    2. This is the dirtiest book I have ever read. Besides that, it is an incredible fantasy story. Two years later and it is still infecting my dreams.

    3. Richard Adams' mastery of rhetoric makes this book one of my all-time favorites. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did, and continued to do so for the novel's entirety.It is so rare to find strong character-driven stories with a good mastery of language. Afterward, I tried picking up novels by other authors and I felt like my IQ was dropping!Adams challenges you with his intricate fictitious cultures, civilization, plot lines, complex characters. As a female, I found the sexual [...]

    4. great storytelling. sexist in the extreme. this book has been redubbed "Maia: Nubile Wench" in our household.

    5. It took some time for me to determine exactly why I didn't like this book. After all, I deeply loved Shardik, set in the same world, and Adams writes some damn good erotica. So why didn't Maia do it for me?In re-reading, Shardik, I realized what was missing in Maia: Maia was a character that observed and experienced, but never acted. Her presence triggered major events, but only seemingly by default -- any other character, put in her position, could have triggered the same events. Maia, ultimate [...]

    6. Just another masterpiece from the pen of Richard Adams. A prequel of sorts to Adams' second novel, Shardik, Maia (written ten years later)does include many of the same characters from Shardik, although the plots of the two novels have little relation to each other. Both works, based in Adams' richly detailed world, including the Beklan empire and some adjoining territories, are long-format epics, with plots that span periods of a few years.Although Shardik, with its exploration of religion, its [...]

    7. This book is so rich that no matter how many times I read it, I always find something new to enjoy, or I find I've forgotten something. The world is a character as much as any of the sprawling cast. Anyone who enjoys Song of Ice and Fire may very well enjoy this, as it has the same intricate politics and minimal fantasy elements.My one regret for this book is that it was written during an era when black people were still rampantly exoticized in fiction, and so there's a few moments where I wince [...]

    8. Sometimes when you read a book, it just seems to call out to you; you suddenly know that you will love it and it will be special to you. This was the case with Maia. There is no review I can give this that will do this book justice. It has been a journey. It has been an adventure. I will never forget this novel and it has surely warmed my heart and found a place in it.This book was very little like I expected from the synopsis. I remember coming across it here on GoodReads and being intrigued. S [...]

    9. Read this two decades ago, and I read it again periodically (much to the distress of those living with me, for I disappear over a period of two or three days whenever I crack it again). Maia is the sort of blissful innocent I occasionally envy--she plunges in when others pause to think and somehow benefits herself in the end. The cast of characters around Maia are varied and capture my interest more fully than she. A few vivid scenes make it an oddly compelling read for those wishing to escape t [...]

    10. Probably Richard Adams' worst book. It isn't even worth my time to review it. Read my review of the first book, exclude the good things mentioned, and everything that remains describes Maia perfectly.

    11. Richard Adams should've stuck to writing the internal lives of rabbits, though it is clear that he thinks the female brain is much the same size. Better title for this book: "INCEST AND THE INGENUE" or "young women are so dumb but sometimes they are pretty and I wish I could watch them enjoy nonconsensual sex".The "heroine" namesake of this novel is written as the quintessential ingenue: vapid, naive, constantly in peril that she is too busy fretting to recognize and avoid. Adams clearly wrote t [...]

    12. I found Maia at a used bookstore & have been reading it on & off for the last few weeks.It's a very, very long book - just over 1200 pages in my PB copy. It follows Maia, a beautiful country girl, who gets sold into slavery and becomes a concubine in the household of the High Counselor of Bekla. On the way, she makes friends with Occula, an exotic bed-girl (not much older than Maia) who is scheming for revenge. Amid the court intrigue (of which she gradually becomes aware), Maia proves h [...]

    13. I read this book in high school and it had such an impact on me that I still remember a good portion of it even to this day. In fact this book shaped my decision to absolutely NOT be in love with my first "romantic tryst" (yes, I know, TMI). With that said, I would not necessarily recommend it. I remember this book so well because it annoyed the hell out of me. It was written by the guy who wrote that nice little rabbit story, Watership Down. He should stick to writing about bunnies. In Maia he [...]

    14. In the late 80's I was invited on an incredible sailing vacation. I flew to a tiny island in the Bahamas and was picked up by friends who were sailing the islands for the winter. I was told to pack light and soft. We would tour several small islands and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean for a long time - at least a week, as I recall. I knew I couldn't go without a book, and figured I'd better get a big one, so I wouldn't run out of book on some paradise without a bookstore. I had enjoyed Richard Ada [...]

    15. Review transcribed from my blog(contains minor spoilers)* * *One of my favourite books, which I may have mentioned once or twice before on this blog, is Maia by Richard Adams. It's certainly not the "best" book I've ever read in an objective sense, but it has a very special place in my heart as one of the few stories I've ever been able to completely lose myself in. I wanted this book to go on and on, and I've never felt so sad about coming to the end of a story as I was when I closed the cover [...]

    16. I just re-read this book, and amazingly enough, it was just as good as the first time through (when I was in high school). By the same author as Watership Down, it couldn't be more different, except that it is equally imaginative. Maia is a slave girl who lives in a fully-detailed fictional world. This book would appeal to anyone who cherishes the occasional brilliant fantasy or historical novel, although it is strictly neither. It is pure fun. Once you get pulled into Maia's world, you're happy [...]

    17. Richard Adams's MAIA is like a bizarre combination of Jacqueline Carey's KUSHIEL series's premise (alt-world low-fantasy setting about a woman of famed beauty who gains influence through her work as a sex slave and ensuing travels and espionage and whatnot) and Hillary Mantel's WOLF HALL's arc (low-born rises to surprising political prominence; intriguing abounds). Except that it was written seventeen years before the former and twenty-five years before the latter -- making those two (much more [...]

    18. I first read this book a long time ago when I was about 18 or so. I picked it up at the library because of how much I had loved Watership Down. As all the reviews have stated, this book is very different and may not appeal to the same audiences. However, I found it to be utterly absorbing and compelling. Adams is an superb storyteller. His fantasy world depicts an empire that is in transition from a kind of feudalism to a more money-based commercial/capitalist society. A corrupt group of conspir [...]

    19. This is one of my very favorite books, I have read this book numerous times and enjoy it every single time. The heroine is not typical. She is extremely naïve and young, but this does not equal dumb. She submits to the world (as a slave must) but is able to retain her nature and basic character to remain uncorrupted by a predominately hedonistic society. I think a lot of what makes me like Maia as a character is that while bad (IRL traumatic) stuff happens to her, she chooses to not be victimiz [...]

    20. one of my fav books of all time, i have read it over and over since i was young.n, it is not my usual fare, but Adams is such a phenomenal writer, he could publish his shopping list and it would be a good readhis use of language is some of the best you'll ever encounter, and his characters are believable and engaging. than that, tho, they are unforgettable.what else can i say about it?if you are offended by sexual content, this is probably not the book for youwhile very skillfully and subtly wri [...]

    21. This book doesn't feel like anything I've ever read before, and I don't know if I can really describe how has a strange, dreamlike quality to it but also is hugely epic. There are parts that are almost like something out of The Chronicles of Narnia, in that they seem almost parable-like and bittersweet and dear. Then there are parts that remind me of Gone With The Wind, huge and sweeping wars that change an entire way of life in the empire, seen through the effects on the lives of a few characte [...]

    22. Reading Maia was a very interesting experience. The book had many chapters that crawled by, but also many that seemed like a best-seller page turner. It was very hard to get into at first, especially because I had a copy without a dust jacket and therefore I had no idea what I was "getting into" at all.This is the story of a young girl - in her early teens, who is sold into slavery and eventually bought as a pleasure slave in a very rich and prestigious household in the capital city.She is very [...]

    23. This book has been one of my favorites, if not my favorite book, for a very long time. As with any opinion in a subjective world like that of art and literature, my thoughts and opinons have changed and grown over time; the amazing thing about Maia is that she grew with me. Maia, and its companion novel Shardik, are set in an ancient, Mesopotamian kingdom reminiscent of Babylon. While not strictly a fantasy, sometimes the two are categorized as such because of the raw spirituality inherent in al [...]

    24. There's nothing really wrong with this book. The prose is skilled, if not my style, the political plots are dense and well-developed, and I liked the worldbuilding and general idea. Unfortunately, Maia is my least favorite type of character: naive to the point of stupidity, beautiful, always good-hearted and beloved of everybody she meets - I found her totally boring and was hoping she would die and let Occula take over the narration, because at least she had personality beyond "yay please have [...]

    25. I keep going back to this story again & yet again. I've just started the 6th read in a decade & it is as absorbing & unputdownable as the first. Unlike most of Adam's other novels, this is a sensual tale of another world, with deeply drawn characters, fascinating largesse, kind of like watching a car wreck when one knows one shouldn't but unable to look away. One has to suspend present political & gender bias to become lost in Maia's world, so much different from our own. Well wo [...]

    26. A pretty awful beginning, and I kept waiting for it to get better, but it didn't, so I gave up around page 100. It starts with a girl being basically raped by her stepfather and then being sold as a slave to be a prostitute in the big city. Not exactly light reading. I'm so disappointed b/c I really loved Richard Adams' writing in "Watership Down." bleh.

    27. Don't let the 1200+ pages scare you away. I enjoyed the characters, especially Maia, and now that I've finished the story, I miss her. The book is very descriptive and can get bogged down and confusing with too many odd names, words, and descriptions but those areas are easily skimmed and the story moves easily through Maia being sold into slavery and her rise to the top.

    28. This os one of the few books I reread alsmot every year. I think it was Adam's best, yet it never really got much attention. My (original hardback) copy is tattered and beat-up, but I love this book.

    29. I first read this book in my teens and is one of my favorite Richard Adams books even if it's not usually acclaimed as one of his best.

    30. Freakin' A this book took a loooong time to read, but it was sincerely worth it. I started it when I was much younger (my mother had it lying around, I can only speculate why--she doesn't much go in for fantasy or any other genre fiction), and the fact was, I wasn't mature enough to care much about it. I recently bought it on iBooks as a lark, and WOW.I think it's important to enter the dispute on the undoubted sexism of this book. First of all, the most important characters of this book are all [...]

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