This is a very short story. And I suppose that is one of the most fascinating aspects of this work...the fact that it is so short. The author has taken just about 4,000 words, developed a very nice plot, quickly developed four main characters, grabbed our attention with the first two sentences, developed and resolved a mystery, thrown in a bit of magic, used at least four motivators for his characters, offered us good terse dialog and left us wondering as to the motivations of the primary protagonist at the end of the story; left us wondering as to the morality of the situation and even thrown in a most definite love story. And on top of all this, has most certainly left us wanting more.
If you think this is easy using so few words, give it a try.
Recently I have downloaded some fifty different short stories on my Kindle. As I work my way though them I read the good, the bad and the ugly. To be quite frank, some of these stories should never have seen the light of day. But I will tell you, of all the stories I have read so far, this one most certainly earns a place in the top two or three. It is just simply good.
Now nothing is perfect...that is for sure. There were a couple of very minor bumps in this story where I questioned the author's syntax. This was really no big deal though and was more a matter of personal taste than anything else I suppose, and it most certainly did not distract from the overall story.
If you enjoy the fantasy genre; this one will most certainly be a delight. The author has used this bit of work to act as a "teaser," to obviously get you to purchase more of his work. I must say that the author did well and chose a piece that certainly sold me and I can assure you that I will be reading more of this fellow and I will further predict that we will be hearing much more from this writer...at least we can hope so.