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The Smell of Magic (Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Lewis
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Love may smell sweet and betrayal bitter, but revenge has the richest scent of all...

Kelde has returned to his village after two years away training as an apprentice Witch Hunter searching out magic use.

He meets up with Shara his childhood sweetheart, who has promised to wait for him, but is she everything she seems?

The Smell of Magic is 4,000 word fantasy romance story with a twist and was originally published in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.

NOTE: This story is included in the anthology "The Smell of Magic and Other Stories"

Product Details

  • File Size: 96 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546H76A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very short story. And I suppose that is one of the most fascinating aspects of this work...the fact that it is so short. The author has taken just about 4,000 words, developed a very nice plot, quickly developed four main characters, grabbed our attention with the first two sentences, developed and resolved a mystery, thrown in a bit of magic, used at least four motivators for his characters, offered us good terse dialog and left us wondering as to the motivations of the primary protagonist at the end of the story; left us wondering as to the morality of the situation and even thrown in a most definite love story. And on top of all this, has most certainly left us wanting more.

If you think this is easy using so few words, give it a try.

Recently I have downloaded some fifty different short stories on my Kindle. As I work my way though them I read the good, the bad and the ugly. To be quite frank, some of these stories should never have seen the light of day. But I will tell you, of all the stories I have read so far, this one most certainly earns a place in the top two or three. It is just simply good.

Now nothing is perfect...that is for sure. There were a couple of very minor bumps in this story where I questioned the author's syntax. This was really no big deal though and was more a matter of personal taste than anything else I suppose, and it most certainly did not distract from the overall story.

If you enjoy the fantasy genre; this one will most certainly be a delight. The author has used this bit of work to act as a "teaser," to obviously get you to purchase more of his work. I must say that the author did well and chose a piece that certainly sold me and I can assure you that I will be reading more of this fellow and I will further predict that we will be hearing much more from this least we can hope so.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome introduction into fantasy for me! January 8, 2012
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I am just now beginning to read fantasy fiction, and this was one of my first to read. I really enjoyed it! The author did a wonderful job of using words to describe the scenes, I could picture the backdrop in my mind. Add a little romance, jealousy, betrayal, and power, and this is well worth your time to read! Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done November 7, 2011
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This is the second short story I've read by the author. Like Completing the Cycle (Short Story), this doesn't disappoint.

Lewis has a gift for creating a vivid and engaging world within the confines of the very short story. Through the circumstances and plots of his stories are far from the ordinary, you never feel lost or confused. There's a real beauty in what he does. I wish he would allow himself to go for a bit longer. Like a diner after a bite or two of a wonderful dish, I found myself wanting more.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Delightful Prose June 12, 2011
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"The Smell of Magic" is written with a lyrical style that draws the reader in and gives the world of the story unexpected vividness. I first read this story years ago, and it has hung in my memory so well that I immediately wanted to post this review when I saw the listing on Amazon.
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More About the Author

Mike Lewis is a writer from Woking in England; the place that the Martians first landed in H G Wells' War of the Worlds.

This might explain why he writes science fiction and fantasy.

He has written computer games, comic scripts and SF and Fantasy short stories professionally as well as worked as a computer professional and made toy soldiers for a living.

Changers' Summer is his first Young Adult SF novel.


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