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A Glimpse of Darkness (Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Lara Adrian , Harry Connolly , Stacia Kane , Kelly Meding , Lucy A. Snyder
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An original collaboration among five of the genre’s brightest authors, A Glimpse of Darkness is urban fantasy as it’s never been done before.

Munira bint Azhar, the half-human daughter of a djinn, is a skilled Retriever in the city of Port Nightfall. Now the powerful sorcerer Temesis has given Munira a dire ultimatum: steal a magical lantern—the Light of Ta’lab—from the horrific undead kingdom below the city, or watch her father die at Temesis’s hand. Will she be able to retrieve the lantern and save her father’s life, or will they both perish in the process?
 
With an Afterword featuring the choices readers were given at the end of each chapter.


Product Details

  • File Size: 828 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43GKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool idea and concept, but a bit disjointed February 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was interested in reading this novella for a couple of reasons. First, I like a lot of the authors that helped write this and second, it was an interesting experiment in letting their readers pick the course of the story. So basically as a reader you got to vote on which way you wanted the story to go and the author that wrote the next chapter followed that plot direction.

This is a story about Munira, the half-human daughter of a fire djinn. She is a Retriever, someone who retrieves (aka steals) things. An evil wizard contacts Munira to have her Retrieve something for him from the underworld, when Munira refuses the wizard holds her father captive until she complies. What follows is a crazy adventure into the Underworld. After the story the first chapters from books by each author is included.

There were a lot of aspects I enjoyed in this short story. Munira as a half-fire djinn has some really cool powers and it was fun to read about that. Each of the authors writes a chapter and tries to play to there strong points as an author. I enjoyed the world and the concepts behind the story.

The things I liked about this story was that it was high action and creative. The e-book includes excepts from the authors' books at the end which was nice. It was a good way to get a feel for the authors' writing style to help you decide if you would like it or not.

My biggest problem with this was that each chapter felt a little disjointed because of the shifts in writing style. It was so apparent that it jarred you out of the story some. So, I had trouble staying engaged in the story. Each author definitely has their own style and focuses on different aspects of writing and it is very easy to see this, but also disruptive to the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more November 27, 2011
By YodaWay
Format:Kindle Edition
It was a great idea- You take some of todays best authors and have them each write a chapter based of the precious authors chapters. Each author would twist the tale in their own special way. I had to read it, Stacia Kane one of my personal favs contributed. It was going along well, each author wrote a very interesting new twist to the main characters plot. Then it was just over ?!?!?! Yes, i know it is a novella, and short is what it is, but it could have been a really good novel. I would have loved to see each of these authors keep going writing another chapter or two when their turn came up.
All in all it was good but could of been great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but fell short of expectations December 22, 2010
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I like the idea of the collaborative story, but this one seemed disjointed as you moved from chapter to chapter. Too short. Seems it was more of a tease leading in to previews of the publisher's upcoming books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really a Wow! March 26, 2013
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Each author had a great time with this tell. You could actually feel the thoughts each was driven by. The very excitement gave us some good drama.
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