A boy with a secret power. A town under siege. And a twist of fate that will change the destiny of an entire world. More
‘Artan’s Night’ is the first in a series of short stories serving as prelude to the novel ELADRIA.
Artan is a young man with a secret. He has the ability to read people’s minds and hear their thoughts. Struggling to survive in a war-torn, poverty stricken town, he’s been using his newfound power to cheat in casinos; a game that soon backfires when he gets caught. But the worst is still to come. In the middle of the night, the town comes under seige by marauding Ha’shon warriors. Artan is forcibly taken from his home and led on a journey that will change his life - and the fate of his world - forever.
Born and raised in Scotland, I'm a writer, artist and something of a philosopher too. I'm also a social activist, animal lover, music junkie, photographer, cake enthusiast and generally rather-chilled-out-guy.
on Jan. 26, 2013 :
Artan's Night is a short story that acts as a prequel to the novel Eladria. It is clear, engaging and action packed. Descriptions of characters and environments are strong, and the light references to the greater historical and political context of the universe create a sense that you are being drawn into a living, breathing world with real depth.
You'll fly through Artan's Night and be left with more questions than answers, but that is no bad thing as it leaves you wanting more, and I look forward to continuing the journey though the author's other short story and the full length novel, Eladria.
Likable, relateable characters, lot's of action and efficient use of description to fill out the world without slowing down the narrative.
Well worth a read, and especially as it's free on Smashwords!
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on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Artan's Night follows the tale of a young man desperately trying to raise the money to pay for medicine for a sick relative. He uses unusual means to obtain that money and thing turn awry very quickly when he is accused of cheating and some unexpected visitors come calling.
This story gives us a brief foresight, although not a full one, into the upcoming novel Eladria. It gives us a hint at what's to come and introduces us briefly to the world Mackay has created.
His writing style is wonderful especially his character interplay and their emotions.
I look forward to the release of Eladria, I will definitely read it, since this short has piqued my interest.
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on Aug. 19, 2012 :
Artan's Night is an interesting story. The author mixes action, character, and intrigue very well. I enjoyed reading it and will definitely be back for more.