The title got me to look at the first page. And then the writing hooked me.
This is a great short story. It's fantasy without the dragons or wizards or orcs. Just medieval or maybe iron age characters--and those characters are great. They speak with distinctive voices. Ryan does a great job of setting a tense scene and then giving voice to lifelike characters who speak of fear, mortality, and regret. And then Ryan demonstrates that he can write a fine action scene.
I never heard of this guy Edward K. Ryan before. Ugly Whores just showed up when I logged into Smashwords and I looked for the newest free books. Normally I laugh at a lot of the amateurish covers and descriptions on the Newest page. But thanks to Ryan, I'll be trying my luck there more frequently. But honestly, the first thing I'll do when I finish this review is see what else he's selling here. I'm hoping for another story featuring Afton Leer.
(review of free book)