I almost get the feeling the author wishes his tale would come true. There are a lot of loose ends, but the story is enjoyable despite it's flaws. I look forward to reading more of his work. A good imagination that looks in a different direction to most fantasy models. Just one little bugbear; please use a grammar checker or a good proofreader. We're is short for we are. Were is the past tense of are. 4 stars for the imagination and the consistency of the flashbacks, which can be difficult to maintain.
Great read and if the next installment doesn't come soon (and I mean looong before the heat death of the universe) I will end up reading the pap that other authors generate and then I'll have to re-read the first installment in order to re-acquaint myself with the original plotline. (Did I mention I have a memory like a chronic case of diarrhea?) Now where was I? Oh yes. 4 stars until the next chapter in what should turn into a full length novel. Or at least a novella. When does a short story turn into a novella then into a novel? Ye-gads. I'm raving. It's that inner voice waking up and spitting out rubbish until I learn how to re-awaken meaningful dialog with it. Now see what you've done. I am not Mickey Mouse!
I enjoyed this with it's central plot involving alternate realities. The central character is well fleshed out, but others are little more than cardboard cutouts. Filling them in more (no pun intended, with the protagonist being bi-sexual), though desirable, takes nothing away from the storyline or my pleasure reading it. I look forward to the next installment and I've downloaded one of her other books. It looks like Tasha is going to become a prolific writer, and if she maintains the high standard of writing with a gifted imagination she will be on my favorite author's list in no time at all.
A well written story about a little girl and a strange man who acts as her guardian angel. Toby is a man of few words and seemingly low intelligence, but having immense strength and stamina, a great help to the small peaceful agricultural community on the fringe of their nation. One day their peace is broken by some bandits, a circumstance which brings about changes in Toby which nobody could ever have foreseen.
I recommend this tale to anyone, scifi reader or not, and I look forward to any new stories by Bob Craton.