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Trading Knives: Prequel Short Story #1 to The Bow of Hart Saga Kindle Edition
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It isn’t the best life, Corgren can admit to himself, but so far the prize money has been good and, at least, he is gaining some small measure of revenge against the hated Hartian by gutting their citizens in knife fight after knife fight.
Circumstances have begun to change though. Corgren’s brother becoming mixed up in dangerous business; something he is keeping hidden from his own flesh and blood. The only proof of it — besides Corgren’s intuition — a dragon tattoo on Paugren’s body.
When a mysterious stranger approaches Corgren after a fight, offers to grant him power to triumph over all his enemies, and displays a curious familiarity with Corgren’s personal secrets, he initially believes it is all a ruse. But slowly, it becomes clear much more is going on than it seems, and soon he is placed in a situation where he must choose between his own death or accepting the stranger’s offer — even though he doesn’t trust it.
What I can say about this introductory short is that it has some stellar knife fights, subtle characterization, and provides a wonderful hook to encourage new readers to continue on with the series. Nothing startling happens here, but it is a fun, quick read that does leave you wanting more. At least, it did for me, which is why I immediately picked up the second short story.
I also found the names of the characters: Corgren and Paugren quite confusing. Names almost so similar by sound that it was sometimes difficult to know who is doing what, and when. Like I already said, the story is well written, but difficult to follow.
Though this is a short read, it’s packed with plenty of action and intrigue that made the story fly by. I really enjoyed the tough no-nonsense Corgren as he tried to figure out what his brother is planning as well as the mysterious stranger.
As I mentioned, the intrigue was at the heart of the story and my desire to learn more about this new world kept me turning pages. I’m not ashamed to say this ended way too soon and I can’t wait to read the other short and novel when it comes out.