- File Size: 729 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Strange Fuse (May 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CKYXT1M
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- Lending: Enabled
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With the phrases "gophers" and "High Charity" in the title, I started picturing a town in the Old West. Dirt streets and wooden plank buildings. Tumbleweeds rolling down the street. Boardwalks to go keep pedestrians out of the mud when it rained. Horses tied to the railings. But if I held onto that picture too long, the story changed. I had to leave it behind.
The "Gophers" weren't some prairie varmint but a criminal gang of kids along the lines of Fagin's gang of children pickpockets, as were the "Spitters", a rival gang both of whom guarded turf with a common, shifting boundary.
There was the King's Guard, and a harbor, magic ("spellstuff"), an alternate religion with a deity Lady Moonlight, oh, and bog-fae. That definitely moves the story into the area of Old Western Fantasy (if that's even a genre - after this book, it should).
The story is about the politics of surviving on the street in the town of High Charity. It's not easy. It's not as brutal as the Game of Thrones universe but near it.
This books seems like an introduction to that larger universe and I hope that the author continues to expand it.