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In the Shadow of the Demon Gate [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Volk

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Book Description

When her mother dies, Amyke is sold into slavery, forced to toil in the beer-shop she should have inherited.
She hides her face when Muru--the handsomest woodcutter in their city of Alalalk--comes by. If she could, she'd welcome Muru's kisses, but she's only a slave. If free, she could open her own beer-shop, smile upon Muru, and count herself the luckiest girl in Alalakh.
Worse, she's now of age, and must offer her virginity up in the temple, as is the law of the city. She's always dreaded the thought of temple service, but what choice does she have?
All her troubles become small, though, when a werewolf chooses her as its prey.
It stalks her at every turn. Disaster follows disaster. When the day of her temple service comes, she finds herself in the perfect trap: she must wait in the temple courtyard until a stranger chooses her, but the only one who will come for her is the werewolf.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 103 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Unexpected Books; 1 edition (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,285,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and good! 20 Dec. 2012
By Cristiane - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A particularly good short story. This one surprised me in a good way. I usually don't expect short stories to have good background development and character depth, but this one actually has both. It's worth to point that while the story involves sex, it is used as a tool to tell the tale and not as an excuse to give us a thrill. Anyway, if you are a fantasy lover and enjoy short stories, I'd suggest you read this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight, suspenseful short historical fantasy 26 Dec. 2011
By Miriam Garcia - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
SUMMARY: In this 7k-word short story, orphan Amyke lives in the ancient city of Alalakh and is forced to slave away in a beer-shop owned by the wicked Beltu and her spoiled, self-centered daughter Sabitu. The story follows her coming-of-age ordeal when she offers herself up in the temple of Mylitta, hoping for handsome woodcutter Muru while trying to avoid the attentions of a foul and beastly shapeshifter. Can her dashing woodcutter save her from the monster? Or will this fusion of Cinderella/Red Riding Hood/ancient Near East mythology produce a different conclusion?

Sylvia Volk's prose is as lush, sensual, and visceral as ever. The descriptions engage all five senses and are punctuated with some truly startling images. (I've never seen a werewolf's voice described in such detail before, and definitely not with those details in particular.) The story also flows well, in a way that could be described as cinematic. Each scene is strong, and leads naturally into the next.

I'm dropping one star because I never really had enough time with Amyke or Muru to really appreciate their characters, but all in all, it's a tight little story, filled with suspense and exotic detail.

Note: Received the story for free via author's LJ.
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