- File Size: 112 KB
- Print Length: 19 pages
- Publisher: ImagineThat! Studios (August 26, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JH3WT0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Darkest before the Darkwater (Tale from the Archives) Kindle Edition
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My understanding is that Tee's coauthor for Morevi hasn't released him to write more in the world they co-created. Which means that there can't be any more stories told with Rafe unless Tee reboots him into another story world somehow. That's just one of those unfortunate things that happen sometimes in publishing. And if you're familiar with Morevi, you know why this is a really awful situation for Tee and for his fans. But I think that ultimately, there are only one of two ways for the character of Rafe Rafton to go: either he needs to be completely reimagined/redesigned to fit a steampunk world (which means changing his character traits somewhat), or he needs to be kindly laid to rest and left in the world of Morevi. Trying to simply squeeze him into steampunk just isn't working.
That isn't to say that the concept of this story is bad. Actually, I'd like to see more about the ship and its steampunk crew; I just think that it probably shouldn't be with Rafe at the helm.
As with any Tee Morris prose, this snippet is something that draws you in quickly. You are thrown right into a survival situation and the story evolves from there. According to the intro this takes place in the summer of 1894. You have a fantastical aircraft, pistols that are powered, wonky electricity, and TNT setting the environment for this blatant steampunk piece. To paraphrase the main character, you won't get lost "in the language of clankerton" if you are new but if you have any steampunk experience you will feel right at home.
This supposedly ties in to the Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, this being an "archive" piece from the "Ministry". Not sure how it really ties in until I have a chance to read Phoenix Rising.
I really enjoyed Mr. Morris' other works (particularly the Billi Baddings series) and this is no exception. I would have assigned this more stars if there had been some type of warning about what was being purchased. And now you have a fan impatiently waiting the rest of the story!
Quoted from Tee's website (teemorris.com): ""Darkest before the Darkwater" along with providing a look into the world of the Ministry is also a preview of my current work in progress. You might recognize the protagonist, and get an idea of what direction I'm intending to take him in this reboot of MOREVI."
He goes on to state that this is a "penny dreadful" release of the podcast version. So it looks like more is to come and you may see it as a podcast before we see it in print. I highly recommend checking out Tee's podcasts and website for more info and a great time (he's a master of the podcast genre).
Rafe Rafton is one of my all time favorite characters, so I was extremely excited to see him again. The new steampunk spin and new time period was well done and added more suspense and interest to the story. I also liked the cliffhanger at the end... I cannot wait to read Tee's new book whenever it comes out!
Thank you for an exciting tale and for raising Rafe back from a previous work.