Farrier is basically a long chapter in the serial novel Keepers of Kwellevonne. It continues the story of the healer's apprentice Deenah as she travels, seeking a sword capable of destroying the cursed sword, Kwellevonne. In this installment, Deenah's horse has come up lame, and she spends an interlude in a rough frontier town called Tablat. The other main character in this installment is Marcus the farrier.
Few, if any, grammatical mistakes or spelling errors. Good characterization though it feels a bit rushed. There is one point where Deenah finds herself in the midst of unsavoury characters, for example, but it seems very, very shallowly developed. Just a bit more elaboration would have really given us a sense of her growing unease. It's a question of show, not tell, that is just missed. Another encounter, with a priest of the as-yet-unnamed religion could also use some expanding. Finally, the interlude with Marcus, the farrier, was another missed opportunity to provide more information and really round out a scene. For example, there is a woman who is, I assume, the owner of the public baths that are heated by Marcus' forge. She comes into the scene having cleaned Deenah's travel-stained clothing, but we are not really introduced to her. Simple details, like her name, or a description, or a bit of dialogue would have changed this from a "tell" moment to a "show" moment.
This installment was not as long as the first. I liked it, though, so I give it 4 stars. Unfortunately, this *just* came out a few days ago, so I guess I have to wait a long time for part three, Warder :-D .
I hope you don't think I am being nitpicky with this review. I truly am enjoying the story of Deenah and her quest. I am eager to learn more of her backstory, which is being revealed in drips and drabs as we progress. I hope Ms. Swift takes my comments as intended which is to provide my honest feedback about areas where a "good" story could turn into a "great" story.
characterizations/rising action 3/5
Recommended. No cursing or blatant bad behavior, though unsavoury motives are strongly hinted at when she first arrives in town.