on May 5, 2018 :
Go and read the story first because this review contains spoilers.
First and foremost, I did enjoy the story, and I felt that the short expressed the message of change clearly enough; however, I would of liked to read more about Khared-Turo's past and his miraculous transition from a serial murderer, who used to hunt and eat children, to a leader of millions.
Khared-Turo changed his tone a few times which, ultimately, left me unconvinced.He claims to have hunted and eaten children and that he loved doing it. He then explains to the crowd that he's seen the light after being shot in the head and being gifted with powers, 'Changed my persona,' he says to the crowd. After his reveal, somehow, only some of the crowd distrusts him, 'But how can we trust you?' a concerned nomad asks the ex-child murderer. Khared-Turo replied, 'You don't have a choice. I have the power of a god!' He then blasts arcs of lightning out of his hands in a display of power. He goes onto explaining that he needs to lead them because it needs to be done. The crowd dispersed, seemingly unimpressed, back to their hovels.
I understand that this short story is apart of a series, and perhaps I missed Khared-Turo's backstory in another one of Shaawen's stories, but in the end, I was wanting a deeper understanding of how Khared-Turo could change so radically. Child murderer-cannibal turned leader god of millions is a great idea that could easily be explored in a novel of it's own.
Regardless of the tone of my review, and as I noted at the beginning of it, I did enjoy the story and I'll likely read more Nova Episodes.
(review of free book)