Series: Seven Forges
Publisher: Self Published (March 23, 2014)
Length: 7 pages
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When Korwa Fell is a short story set within the time frame of Seven Forges, Book One of The Seven Forges series.
For those of you who have not read either of the novels in that epic fantasy series, suffice it to say that the overarching plot line involves the discovery and interaction between the people of the known world, represented by the world spanning Empire of Fellein and the mysterious people of the Seven Forges: the Sa’ba Taalor. Two races that are as foreign to one another in knowledge and lore as they are different in looks. And while the Fellein are eager to befriend and awe their new neighbors with knowledge about their lands, they quickly find that the Sa’ba Taalor are not amenable to revealing much – if any – information about themselves.
There are, however, times when two groups of people are thrown together by circumstances and forced to converse with one another. During those times, information will inevitably be shared – willingly or unwillingly. And in “When Korwa Fell”, Mr. Moore relates an example of one such time when the Sa’ba Taalor relent in their silence, sharing their legend regarding the glorious city of Korwa and its fall; a fall that destroyed the world before time began and formed places like the blasted lands.
As I mentioned, this is a short story – very short. It focuses on a very brief interaction between the Fellein and the Sa’ba Taalor. The retelling of an ancient legend by one warrior to another. There is nothing poetic or Homeric about the telling. Rather it is short and to the point, just as expected between two strangers conversing on a subject. The Sa’ba Taalor telling the story does not go into much historical details about the world before Korwa fell, but she does cast some light on the interesting back story of Mr. Moore’s world, even mentioning “The Mounds” that appear in The Blasted Lands novel and promise to play an even bigger role in the story going forward.
So for those already a fan of the Seven Forges series, When Korwa Fell is a good read, even if it will not give you as much lore as you would like.