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Annie Bellet is a full-time speculative fiction writer. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh.
She has sold fiction to AlienSkin Magazine, Contrary Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction Magazine. She's also collected a healthy stack of Honorable Mentions and placed as Semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat.
on Nov. 17, 2013 :
This is a boxed set of four sword & sorcery fantasy novellas. I had the distinct pleasure of reading one previously (Witch Hunt) and the following three are just as good. The concept isn't particularly new -- a group of traveling adventurers have a series of adventures -- but these are better written than the average. Author Annie Bellet has a good sense of story and pacing, as well as a fantastic imagination, and her use of "Killer" and her lost identity as an overarching storyline pulls the series together.
Especially enjoyable for this reviewer is "A Stone's Throw," which explores the deeper characterization of the group's rogue, Drake, and gives him a chance to shine on stage. While the final novella, "Dead of Knight," spends a bit of time showcasing the group's magic user, Rahiel, it doesn't provide the deeper characterization and leaves the little pixie-goblin as much of a mystery as before.
I have no hesitation in recommending these four novellas to fans of S&S. If the proofreading had been a bit more precise, the boxed set would have earned five strong stars.
Please note that I received a free copy of this title through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. The price of the story has no bearing upon the review received.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)