Friday, May 10, 2013
Book Review: Bitter Blackout by N.A. Foy, Lynn Todd, Dori Klaproth, Shelly Schulz
Synopsis: Mirrors of darkness. Love found in the arms of an enemy. Magic users who defy death. The silent corridors of a temple. A young woman runs the gauntlet and fights against her own kind for survival. All of these can be found within the realm of Bitter Blackout.
The Nerd's Ramble: Since this is an anthology, my review format is going to change just a little bit.
There are three poems by N.A. Foy. The first being Embrace the Shadow which is my favorite out of the three. The second poem in the anthology is The Temple and his third poem closes out the work with Grasping the Remains of a Dream. I'm not someone who reads a lot of poetry, but I really enjoyed the three that were featured.
The first short story is by Lynn Todd titled Tiamae. This piece is a detail rich story about a light elf, Zamatia, and a dark elf, Kerethsar, who against all odds fall in love and have a child named Tiamae. The relationship between Zamatia and Kerethsar has tons of Hades and Persephone to me, and I think it's an interesting take on a story that's as old as the spoken word.
The second short story is by Dori Klaproth titled Timeless Witch (Sioria Caelleich). This story is interesting complex, weaving magic and story telling to create a short that leaves me wanting more, and wanting to find out what happens next. It was a nifty little short, and I enjoyed it a lot.
The last short is the one that I wrote called The Harrowing. The main character named Alice is accused by the pack of being involved in her twin brother's, the former leader of the werewolf pack, death. Her sentence is to run in the Harrowing, a hunting tradition where the pack hunts the condemned. She has to fight to clear her name, and to stay with her new mate who is also hiding a secret.
Total Length: 70 pages
Available Format: Print and Kindle.
Publication Date: March 19, 2013 (Darq Deviant Press)
N.A. Foy webpage