Herja, Devastation

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The legend of Valkyrie breathes, as Herja, Devastation, once wronged, aims her mortal agent at her enemies.
Her man bears this tale of vengeance in service to a higher, eminently more noble being.
He is her assassin and tool, she is his destiny and dignity.
Dare to tread the dark side ... More

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About Cage Dunn

Cage Dunn writes Australian stories, rural and outback in contemporary, fantasy, thriller, urban, horror, tales with a twist; about fearful things, stories in words and dreams and horrors - yours and mine.
A Storyteller, a dreamer, an imaginer. Some would say Fibber, Fabricator, Teller of Tall Tales.
Yep – a storyteller.
Cage was born in the wide-open landscape of inland Western Australia; lived all over the startling country of Australia - now in Adelaide - worked at everything from sewage collection to computing, and somewhere in there graduated with a BA Comm (Prof. Writing) and Grad Dip Computing.
Met a few people along the way, and they all have a story to tell ...

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Audrey Driscoll reviewed on May 30, 2020

The description of this book likens it to an "Eddic tale." Wikipedia describes the Poetic Edda in terms of "visionary force and ... dramatic quality" and "strongly-concentrated imagery." That certainly describes this work, which alternates terse verses with short prose pieces that elaborate upon them.
The narrative voice is that of a poet who is also an assassin, the instrument of vengeance wielded by a female figure he calls Herja, Devastation. There are two themes: 1) doing the job; 2) the relationship.
I liked the steely focus of the character, his understated declarations, his acceptance of the terrible. This short book hints at a larger story, like a body under a sheet. I wished there was more, but in the end thought it was just as well there wasn't.
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)

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