Series: Stand Alone Short Story
Publisher: Tor.com Online (April 21, 2015)
Length: 20 pages
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Free novelette from Marc Turner, author of When the Heavens Fall..
A group of bandits find themselves turned from predators into prey when their intended victim turns out to be a Guardian of Erin Elal. Fleeing through the dark forest, the survivors desperately take refuge in an abandoned fort that seems to promise safety, but quickly the bandit Safiya wonders if they might have made a terrible mistake in coming here.
Moody setting. Suspenseful. Great characterization. Humor. And my favorite Guardian of Erin Ela, Luker Essendar, in action. All combined into a short, self-contained story that I was able to digest over lunch.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed this one from start to finish. Sure, it helped that I just finished the novel, but there is nothing included here that requires you to be familiar with the ongoing series. Just go find it, sit back and enjoy a rousing fantasy tale involving bandits, a Guardian, and a surprise visitor to their little party.