Artan's Night

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
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
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About Rory Mackay

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.

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Rohan Healy reviewed 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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Harrison Davies reviewed 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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Adam Drake reviewed 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.
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