on Nov. 14, 2018 :
As soon as the story opened, I felt I was walking in Artorius' shoes, and thinking his thoughts. The tale open doors to further lands, stories, histories and futures, leaving a taste for more, as we see a quick glimpse of a wider world while hurtling past through this all-too-short story. I felt as the story ended that it was simply beginning. Too many things have been done that cannot be undone. The arc of each character seems destined for disruption, and it seems that foolish mortals have chosen to defy the will of the gods. Hope a cycle of books or a massive RPG world follows. I'd like to see what happens.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sift Book Reviews
on Jan. 26, 2012 :
The First Sacrifice is a wonderfully written short story brimming with enough conspiracy and action to easily fill a full length fantasy novel. 4 stars out of 5
Overall, it is a solid story with good writing and a compelling fantasy plot. It has an exiled King, enchanted weapons, spirits, murder, revenge, and a great voice. My only real problem with the story is that it lacks an adequate build up of suspense—and given the dire events taking place, this problem could be easily remedied with some extra plot/character development and foreshadowing. The elements of suspense are there, I simply felt that I didn’t know the characters well enough to be invested in what side won or lost. I realize this is a difficult feat to accomplish given the shortness of the piece, however a greater sense of immediacy would turn this good story into a great story.
The First Sacrifice has a solid, intriguing ending worthy of a fantasy book. The writing shows great Fantasy potential and I would be excited to read more from this author, especially a full length novel.
Erica of Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on July 28, 2011 :
Very punchy short story. Gripping & suspense. Wish there is an extension to the story.
Highly recommended reading.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)