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Monday, July 2, 2012

Legend of the Beemen by Brandie Tarvin

Legend of the Beemen by Brandie Tarvin
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (15 pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Running from your past never works, especially when it's hunting you down.

Former yellowjacket queen, Balsa, has taken refuge with her cousin Juniper after the destruction of her own home by the legendary beemen. When other yellowjacket cities disappear, Balsa must choose between her oath of secrecy and her duty to Juniper’s children. But the beemen have other plans, and Balsa’s choice is not among them.

How would you react if no one heeded to your warning? Balsa knows the beemen are coming again but cannot get anyone in the hive to listen to her.

As a child I spent many lazy summer afternoons observing ants, butterflies and other insects as they crawled around on the ground or zipped through the air. It never occurred me to wonder what they were thinking, though. Legend of the Beemen draws the reader into, what for many of us may be, unfamiliar territory with ease. No sooner does the plot begin than you’ll begin thinking like a bug. Fear, anger, panic and every other emotion are instantly identifiable by scent and the strict hierarchy of the hive is never to be upset.

The end was a little unusual but it was foreshadowed early on and fits in perfectly with the established tone. After reading it for a second time I cannot help but to agree that this book should not have ended any other way.

I did finish this story wishing we could know more about what happened earlier in the timeline. Ms. Tarvin gives the reader more than enough information to explain why Balsa fears the beemen so fiercely but Juniper’s resistance to this threat is never really explored. Is she too afraid to consider the possibility that her cousin is correct? Does she think the beemen’s destruction has been exaggerated? Hopefully these questions will be answered in a sequel one day as there is still material here that hasn’t been fully explored.

If you’re even the slightest bit interested in seeing the world looks from an insect’s point of view Legend of the Beemen is definitely the book for you. I know I will never look at insects the same way again.


  1. Thank you for your review. I hadn't considered a sequel before this point, but I might just have to now.

  2. You're very welcome, Brandie.

  3. It's a great story. Brandie makes it easy to see through a bee's eyes.


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