- This story is extraordinarily well-written. Can't stress that enough. Most self-published work is by definition going to be amateurish, but this piece is anything but that
- The world of Michal Piech is very well-developed and cultured. Having taken much inspiration from 18th/19th century Eastern Europe gives the universe a unique bent in a culture (contemporary fantasy) that is pretty much entirely focused on the Middle Ages
- I love the idea of "Magic being on the periphery." In most fantasy stories magic is center-stage, and not only does this often limit the believability of the world, it also detracts from the significance of day-to-day life
This story is not meant to be an epic addition to the Nine Lives of Michal Piech, but it gives great insight into the world he hails from, as well as a layer of characterization from an outside perspective (Kostya). Highly recommended for someone who is looking for something new and a more sophisticated, real-world take on fantasy.
(review of free book)