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The Transformation of Gerick Bare-Skin [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Teramis Christian
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The lands of Nimm are threatened by bestial marauders. In the borderlands of Clan Thyrrim where the harshest incursions are happening, only the shape-shifting warriors of that clan can keep their family freeholds safe. In their werebear forms, these doughty fighters are a terrible force in battle.

But Gerick, a young warrior and the headman's own son, has a problem: of those thought to have the were-gift, only he cannot change shapes. When his fellows fall before enemy magic, it is up to Gerick to protect their home and loved ones. But what can one shape-shifter do, when he cannot leave the form of a man?

"The Transformation of Gerick Bare-Skin" is set in the Duchy of Nimm, a northern, forested land that plays a prominent role in the author's earlier fantasy novel, The Truthsayer's Apprentice. This short story is the first tale to expand the Loregiver Series story arc in a decade. In addition, the marauders featured here were first introduced in Christian's novel Kar Kalim; this is their first appearance in related fiction. This story will be a welcome read for fans of Christian's novels, and for readers who enjoy heroic fantasy

For more information on the status of the Loregiver Series and forthcoming fiction set in this region, see the author's website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Storybones (October 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00604O4CU
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coming of Age / War story November 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This marks the third story I've read by Teramis Christian. Her works always impress me. In this story, Gerick Bare-Skin starts the story facing his first attempt to transform into a bear. For his clan, were-bears dominate the warrior/ruling class. Gerick must also work to defend his clan from attack by another non-human race that are at war with Gerick's people.

Read this story. It's worth far more than the $0.99 charge. I hope she comes back to write more about Gerick and his clan. It's a beautiful setting filled with a very interesting set of conflicts and challenges.

Short review, I know. I must run to see if I can track down a copy of The Truthsayer's Apprentice, the novel set in the same Duchy. Wish me luck!

(Any chance Tor might release Truthsayer's Apprentice in e-book formats?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet, Action-Packed November 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story introduces Gerick Bare-Skin, a would-be lycanthrope who struggles to master a rite of passage and become a proper warrior and take his place among his kinsmen. Matters turn worse when Gerick's village is attacked, and he still hasn't mastered his gift.

The Transformation of Gerick Bare-Skin is a tight, concise little story. By the end, I wanted more, and I mean that in both the positive and negative sense. I liked Gerick as a character and got invested in his struggle -- but the ending seemed a tad perfunctory, and things worked out just slightly too easily for my taste. I wish the story would have been a bit longer and the struggle slightly more tense -- but that's a fairly minor criticism. I still had fun reading it, and would recommend it as an introduction to the author's work, or just as an entertaining diversion.
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In Deborah Teramis Christian's short story The Transformation of Gerick Bare-Skin, we follow the personal growth of the title character, an aspiring werebear, as he struggles with living up to the legacy of his ancestors as his village is threatened.

Gerick is an interesting character, and the culture he's a part of - as much as we can see of it in the short story - is intriguing. The story is tight, and while there's no words wasted in the telling of it, it definitely evokes a wider world that I wanted to learn more about. According to the author's end notes, this story takes place in a setting that appeared in an earlier work, and I'm interested in that based on this story.

I think there was room to expand this story some and delve more into Gerick and his culture, but that's also part of the constraints of the short story format, and this plainly is written with the intent of being an introductory sample of the author's work, and in that sense, it certainly does the job well. Christian has a free novel on her website, an Asian-themed fantasy called Dragonsword, and I now plan to check that out at some point based on my enjoyement of this tale.

Note: I received a complimentary review copy of this short story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet November 18, 2011
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An excellent story, tightly written. The plot is fully realized, without any dangling plot threads. If you don't like short stories because they leave you wanting more, then you won't enjoy this story. It's a complete story but it left me wanting more. If Ms. Christian decided to expand upon this story, I would be glad to see it.

Note: I did receive a complimentary review copy but I plan to seek out more of this author's work, based on this story.
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More About the Author

Looking for sf/f novelist Deborah Christian? You found her. I go by my middle name Teramis, and write under my full name these days, so my current works are right here.

Right now I'm editing Splintegrate (soon to be retitled). This is a semi-sequel to my sf novel Mainline. In June 2012 I edited and published the Demon Lovers: Succubi anthology--a great collection of short stories about the succubus. Check it out! And in 2011 my short story "Live Fire" appeared in the "No Man's Land" military sf anthology, which was considered for the Tiptree Award.

On a related front I've recently founded the World Building Academy to teach world building to writers and game designers who create fictional worlds. Read more here: I also now have a podcast, "The Alien Tourist." Catch it here:

Want more insider info, a chance to have input into my work, and swag? SUBSCRIBE to my mailing list: you'll get a FREE short story not available anywhere else, and exclusive behind-the-scenes news that never hits the blog. Check it out here:

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PS: To browse books I wrote as "Deborah Christian" (no middle name), see For my rpg/game design work under a pen name see


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