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A Masquerade of Angels [Kindle Edition]

Tim Kennerman
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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‘A throne of ice coalesced out of the light, a chair fit for some grim Norse hero. Matt was lounging in it though, painfully out of place in jeans and a plain grey T-shirt. It hammered home just how unreal the place was. He grinned, brushing thick black hair back out of his eyes. “Kessler wants a favour,” he said. Zan nodded, as if there was some sort of free will involved...’

There wasn’t supposed to be a catch, but now Zan’s way out of her depth, on the fool’s errand to end all fools. Forget about surviving the night. It’s going to take her everything she’s got to just make it back to the street.

‘A Masquerade of Angels’ is a dark, thrilling urban fantasy novelette set in a slightly twisted version of reality – one in which nothing is quite the way it seems, and everything is up for grabs. Length: 10,000 words.



Tim Kennerman has been writing for twenty years, and has more than a hundred books -- fiction, non-fiction and spaces in between -- published under his birth name, Tim Dedopulos. As Tim Kennerman, he writes dark urban and epic fantasy, science fiction, cosmic horror, and other things that tickle his imagination. You can find him on twitter at @Ghostwoods or, from time to time, at ghostwoods.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ghostwoods Books (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GRGOFJS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hints of mastership 26 May 2014
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The only problem is that it is a short story! This is the first time in ages that a story has had the promise to expand on the genre so brilliantly used by Dennis Wheatley (whose books were prohibited in my school in the late 1960's), and to my mind not really seen since in the same way. Flitting in and out of the Astral Plane from the real world, the Heroine of this tale wins, and looses battles with a variety of Astral entities - and is then given a salutary lesson and a ticking off. Brilliant - but I wanted more of it, much more. Next time a full Novel please Tim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Gothic 5 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A disturbing little tale of the occult and the modern inner city. Told in prose that is simultaneously contemporary and arcane, it explains why you get a bad feeling from run-down housing estates; why one should choose a middle path between Horus and Mr Spock; and why, when you thought that pack of skateboarding kids were up to no good, you were probably right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chaotica 4 Dec. 2014
By booky
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An excellent modern tale of urban magical. Tim gives as good a description of chaos magical as you will find anywhere, and wraps it up in a mighty fine yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Urban Fantasy 8 Dec. 2013
By booky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
An urban fantasy / occult story set in a sprawling city. Zan, who is skilled at astral projection and chaos magic, is sent by her bosses to find and retrieve a nasty knife. There’s a lot more competition for the blade than she expects however, and things get really tense.

Dark and magical, and peppered with fascinating little occult asides, A Masquerade of Angels is a thrilling story with interesting characters and bags of ambience. The writing and editing are excellent. I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Gothic 5 Dec. 2013
By Aethelred - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A disturbing little tale of the occult and the modern inner city. Told in prose that is simultaneously contemporary and arcane, it explains why you get a bad feeling from run-down housing estates; why one should choose a middle path between Horus and Mr Spock; and why, when you thought that pack of skateboarding kids were up to no good, you were probably right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Compelling, Eerily Possible 5 Dec. 2013
By ToratheExplorer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're a fan of dark, alternate reality fiction, you will love Tim Kennerman's newest story, "A Masquerade of Angels." It hooks you from the first paragraph and is really hard to put down. I loved the dystopian themes and Gothic storyline. Excellent writing, evocative and rich, with well-drawn characters. My only complaint is that I wished it were a full-blown novel. I hope Kennerman continues with these characters, I'd like to read more.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tantalizing Start! 18 Dec. 2013
By Jesse Pohlman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Opening with a strong, retrospective monologue, A Masquerade of Angels, by Tim Kennerman, is a short novella of about thirty pages that leaves a great impression, along with the promise of something more.

We join our protagonist Zan as she muses about the social order that gave rise to her safe-house, a tenement building. Zan is rather insightful, and while she's not gifted with the grim humor that serves other urban fantasy heroes well, she's interesting because she has a larger sense of the world around her than many do. She reflects on social structures and makes insightful commentary about mutually assured destruction. She doesn't fit in any one category, either; Zan isn't a rookie with the promise of growing strength, nor is she a famous hero hiding behind a new identity. She's middle-of-the-road in her skill, and while she seems devoid of some grand destiny, well, that's not really a bad thing. Likewise, she doesn't face a world-ending threat; we explore just one mission in her career, and it's an enjoyable one.

Structure-wise, the novella is well developed. We alternate between third-person action and first-person thought, keeping our perspective fresh. Zan's thoughts and explanations are generally sufficient to explain everything encountered throughout our little adventure with her, while leaving other aspects of her world unexplained so that we have something to come back to in an anticipated future installment. The writing is strong, with metaphor and simile bouncing along with cliche-free personification, all like a natural flow of thought.

The greatest weakness the "A Masquerade Of Angels" exhibits is that it is short. It is very short. It leaves a reader going, "huh, so that's it? That better be just a taste!" Hopefully, it is. Seeing a full-length novel exploring Zan's world would be excellent, but at a ninety-nine cent price-point, one can't really complain about length. If you're okay with a quickie, Tim Kennerman's novella is for you!
4.0 out of 5 stars way too short 17 Dec. 2013
By CyberMinney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was creepy, intriguing, and way too short. somehow within the 22 pages you find yourself sucked into the story of Zan, sent on a mission to retrieve a knife from a freezer. after meeting with a gang of children, the story takes a chilling turn that leaves you wanting more.
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