- File Size: 3006 KB
- Print Length: 25 pages
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A90CSGU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I especially appreciated the imaginative setting (rather than Victorian England, the author depicts a medieval Italian city-state) in which guilds compete to produce some very cool high-tech gadgets that felt more sci-fi to me than simply anachronistic.
The plight of the protagonist tugged at my heartstrings from the beginning (and pulled ever harder as the plot unwound). Even though in the end it's unclear what the future holds for any of the characters, I still appreciated the resolution. In fact, I would be interested in finding out What Happens Next (although given this is a short, the author might not be planning a sequel). I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from Edwardson!
After the young apprentice creates a device he takes both the young apprentice and the device to the guild for a competition and it's here where we find out why the old artificer was banned and who the young apprentice is.
All in all this was a well written little bit of steampunk with a touch of fantasy. I liked the characters and their interactions and would like to see more of the apprentice in future work.
At heart, it is the story of a master and an apprentice and the quest to right injustice. Much more than that and I will be spoiling the story for you.
This is the first work by this Author that I have read.
Pros: strong character portrayal (i.e. the characters have their own unique voices, something somewhat hard to achieve in short stories); the world of this story has been fully, vividly, and masterfully constructed within the parameters of a short
Cons: the first approximately 1/3 of the story could benefit from a close editing job (e.g. a handful of grammar problems exist)
Usually I reserve 5-star ratings for stories that are nearly flawless (or, at least, for stories that have clearly been carefully edited with a fine-toothed comb); however, this story is otherwise so strong and presented with such an originality that...I have no choice but to click off all 5-stars.