The Guest

Rated 4.50/5 based on 12 reviews
A short story of the Angel of Death in The Chosen Chronicles.
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About Karen Dales

Karen Dales is the Award Winning Author of "The Chosen Chronicles."

She began writing "Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles" and "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen Chronicles" after she was inspired to create the character of The Angel for an on-line role playing game she was part of. It was from that experience the birth of The Angel was formed and through years of research Karen fleshed out The Angel and other characters that came to her.

Having completed York University's Creative Writing courses years previously, Karen began to write "Changeling" and "Angel of Death" as one novel. It was on their completions that it was clear they were two distinct novels of an evolving series that has come to include "Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen Chronicles."

Karen is currently writing the next installment - "Thanatos: Book Three of the Chosen Chosen Chronicles."

Since the publication of both "Changeling" and "Angel of Death" in a limited edition single volume, Karen has been an Author Guest at, Polaris, AdAstra, FanExpo, and has appeared at Word On The Street. You can find out her future appearances by clicking

In January 2011 Karen's book "Angel of Death" which included "Changeling" won the Siren Books Awards for Best Horror 2010 and Best Overall 2010.

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Stewart Bint reviewed on June 22, 2013

As a short story intended to drive readers to the author's series of full-length novels, this definitely hits the mark.

The air of mystery builds nicely, but I was fairly smug in that I knew the direction the storyline was going. D'Oh! It was not to be: Karen Dales leads the reader up the garden path before revealing the truth just a few pages before the ending.

Did it make me want to check out Karen's award-winning "Chosen Chronicles" series? You bet.
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K R Morrison reviewed on March 13, 2013

Sorrow pervades the isolated temple. The Master is on his deathbed, and all of the monks are in watchful meditation, waiting.
The Guest, who came here for refuge countless ages ago, is sought out by the members of the temple. He who has made this place his home, away from horrified stares and vengeful hunters, is the one visitor the Master must see before he dies.
During his short meeting with the Master, the Guest learns something that surprises him: eternity has more than one definition.

If this short story was crafted to make the reader want to delve into the longer books, entitled “The Chosen Chronicles”, Ms. Dales has done a very good job. The reader can almost smell the incense surrounding the waiting monks, feel the oppression of their sorrow, and get so involved in the narrative that, at the end of the story, will not be satisfied with less than the rest of the series.
I was as surprised as the Guest at the end of the story, and would love to read what happens after the Master dies. For his death brings joy to all—I must know why!
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Gerald Dawson reviewed on March 5, 2013

Well written short tale that twists the norm and gives me reason to actually think...liked it enough to want to go on to the rest of the series.
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Julie Elizabeth Powell reviewed on Oct. 14, 2012
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I found The Guest to be rich in description and enough mystery to keep me reading. I don't give spoilers, but will say that this short story left me wanting to find out more. Very good.

Julie Elizabeth Powell
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Claire Taylor reviewed on Aug. 29, 2012

A quick read introducing you to the Angel of Death from The Chosen Chronicles.

Incredibly well written and excellent descriptions, this short gives you just enough to leave you wanting more and to know how the story continues.
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Scarlett Black reviewed on Aug. 21, 2012

This first bit of Karen's writing has me hooked. Every step of this journey had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to turn the page. Sad that is was over so soon but definitely makes me want to read more of her work!
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Mangus Fitzpatrick reviewed on July 18, 2012

An intriguing introduction to an interesting character and story.
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jane anne reviewed on June 17, 2012

This is a short story; around a half hour to read, about Monks and their belief in reincarnation. ‘The Guest’ stands alone but I understand contains a character from Dales ’Chosen Chronicles’ series. The content is very cryptic keeping us wondering and guessing about who the guest really is until we manage to collect enough clues to ‘maybe’ work it out.

I found the story very emotional and touching and as a taster it has left me wanting to read more of this authors work and find out for sure just who this character is. I will definitely be doing just that in the very near future.
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Marjana Gole reviewed on May 2, 2012

I like it...just a taste of good story, that I want more of it....
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Jennifer Davis reviewed on May 2, 2012

The Guest is a short story about the angel of death. It can be read alone or along with The Chosen Chronicles series. The story takes place in a Buddhist Monastery. As secretive as they are, by my surprise, the have welcomed a certain guest for a few years now. This guest is there to take on a job that is a matter of life or death. I would call this guest different, but that would still be an understatement. If you would like to find out who the guest really is and what the mission is at the monastery, grab your free copy at smashwords.This is the first book I have read by this author and loved it. I look forward to reading more in The Chosen Chronicles.
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