Degrees of Delusion

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
After being publicly shamed and kicked out of the imperial service academy, Fortis chose to serve in the only other way possible: as a mercenary.

Working far from the boundaries of his homeland, he never thought he’d have anything to do with the empire again… until a powerful wizard hires the company to destroy an imperial outpost.

This is a 9,000-word short story. More

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About Lindsay Buroker

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.

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Review by: Lynxie on Dec. 25, 2015 :
Degrees of Delusion is a fantastic short story. It is filled with adventure, pirates, espionage and even a little romance.

Fortis, our protagonist, is lovably geeky, awkward and inept when it comes to dealing with relationships. There's a part of him that will appeal to most readers, because aside from the above mentioned traits, he's intelligent, funny and caring too.

Lindsay does not fail to deliver. So far, out of the 15 books of hers I have read, she's almost always on the money. And this one is no different.

I enjoyed the varied characters, the interesting setting and the twisting plot line. In fact, I think there was but one thing I didn't like about the short story. And that was the completely random font changes at various points in the story. It was obvious enough that it drew my eye as soon as I changed pages, which broke the reading up substantially and pulled me out of the story each time.

I have listed a number of them in my 'things I noticed' section below, but I stopped at about 85%.

If you've not tried Lindsay's work before, try this one. It's short and well written, easily enjoyed and action packed. A great introduction.

Things I noticed:

3% - "I, er-.... swift competence. - wrong font
20% - Quietly, she added,.... To be yourself - wrong font
29% - "Seems strange...could have had. - wrong font
33% - "So." ... Betray me. - wrong font
38% - "Yes, Sir. ...Ascension War?" - wrong font
44% - "Well, Ross... That bad looking."
"do you think... Think he knows?" - wrong font
74% - "No!" ... It wasn't fair."
"And then you...months trying to..." - wrong font.
85% - "That was my accent." - wrong font
I believe there were two or three instances after this point, but I didn't have my notes to jot them down.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Review by: bsnick on Aug. 22, 2013 :
I'd love to see this character as the subject of a new book, or a series of shorts. Granted, being homosexual (or at least a man with a crush on another man) will probably limit the market some, but he's a schemer like so many other Buroker main characters. It would be fun to see him run across members of Amaranthe's crew. I'm sure he'd give them flashbacks to their time in Emperor's Edge.

The story does come across as somewhat stunted, given that we see the beginning, we see the result of the plan, but we don't see the plan in action. The middle part was sort of skipped over, and though I can see why it did sort of make the story leap forward unexpectedly.

I'm loath to give this less than 5, but all things considered it feels a little bit like a section of the story was removed, so I'll go with a 4 and a recommendation that people read this anyway.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Review by: A Brooks on June 21, 2013 :
I have read and enjoyed all of this author's other books, and was interested to see an earlier, previously unpublished story. A bit different than either of the series, but with plenty of action and humor; another enjoyable tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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