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The Smell of Magic (Short Story)

The Smell of Magic (Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Lewis
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Love may smell sweet and betrayal bitter, but revenge has the richest scent of all...

Kelde has returned to his village after two years away training as an apprentice Witch Hunter searching out magic use.

He meets up with Shara his childhood sweetheart, who has promised to wait for him, but is she everything she seems?

The Smell of Magic is 4,000 word fantasy romance story with a twist and was originally published in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.

NOTE: This story is included in the anthology "The Smell of Magic and Other Stories"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 96 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546H76A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mike Lewis is a writer from Woking in England; the place that the Martians first landed in H G Wells' War of the Worlds.

This might explain why he writes science fiction and fantasy.

He has written computer games, comic scripts and SF and Fantasy short stories professionally as well as worked as a computer professional and made toy soldiers for a living.

Changers' Summer is his first Young Adult SF novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet betrayal.. a lovely short story 13 Aug 2011
By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A short story about a young man, who has been apprenticed to reveal magic in others, sometimes that magic is dark and must be destroyed, even if it inhabits the body of a child. Lovely bittersweet short story. Enticing enough to make me want to read more.The Smell of Magic and Other Stories
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE APPRENTICE 22 Aug 2011
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Kelde has been apprenticed to Menan for the past two years travelling from village to village, for the revealing ceremonies. But now returning to his own village. The welcome is mixed some old friends are glad to see him others look on with fear. The revealing ceremony is to detect magic either good or bad in children before they reach adulthood. Kelde is eager to see Shara who has promised to wait for him, but first they must have the revealing ceremony the following day. A nice magical and surprising short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need a follow up to this story! 9 July 2012
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This is a short story but one that leaves you wanting more - more of this universe where some 'magic' is to be feared, more of the character of Kelde and his Master Menan.

Kelde alongside his Apprentice Master Menan return to Kelde's home village to perform the Revealing - a test to declare a child clean and thus ready to become an adult or one touched by Magic - which marks the child out for instant death. The tale is obviously told from the perspective of Kelde many years later. The village is vividly brought to life and cleverly so - Kelde's sense of smell giving us the description in a very detailed manner. The story begins to darken even as love seems to shine out... Brilliant, ambigous, ambivalent ending!

My only regret is that the story was so short - I'd read more stories set in the universe - where did the taint of magic become such a threat that it has to be extinguished so violently? Where does Kelde go now? Has Menan gone through something similar?

This story has a very similar feel to the Daughter of Regals (Stephen Donaldson) - not in content by any means but in the ability to show a fully formed society in a few short paragraphs - excellent thought provoking stuff! Well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great short story 26 Oct 2011
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A really great short story set in a magical world. The main character returns to his home village, where using magic he must decide if those who are to become adults are inhabited by monsters, if they are they are killed. One of those is his childhood love, is she what she seems though?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I ENJOYED EVERY WORD OF THIS ONE...Talk about the wise use of words! 13 Aug 2011
By D. Blankenship - Published on
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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 least we can hope so.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome introduction into fantasy for me! 8 Jan 2012
By J. Clark - Published on
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I am just now beginning to read fantasy fiction, and this was one of my first to read. I really enjoyed it! The author did a wonderful job of using words to describe the scenes, I could picture the backdrop in my mind. Add a little romance, jealousy, betrayal, and power, and this is well worth your time to read! Well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done 7 Nov 2011
By morehumanthanhuman - Published on
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This is the second short story I've read by the author. Like Completing the Cycle (Short Story), this doesn't disappoint.

Lewis has a gift for creating a vivid and engaging world within the confines of the very short story. Through the circumstances and plots of his stories are far from the ordinary, you never feel lost or confused. There's a real beauty in what he does. I wish he would allow himself to go for a bit longer. Like a diner after a bite or two of a wonderful dish, I found myself wanting more.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Delightful Prose 12 Jun 2011
By Nancy Fulda - Published on
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"The Smell of Magic" is written with a lyrical style that draws the reader in and gives the world of the story unexpected vividness. I first read this story years ago, and it has hung in my memory so well that I immediately wanted to post this review when I saw the listing on Amazon.
2.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, meh story. 19 Sep 2012
By para - Published on
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Note: this is also available in the collection "The Smell of Magic and Other Stories," a ten story collection currently selling for $2.99 that has some great stuff. Buy that instead of this single story for $0.99.

Apprentice Kelde returns to his home town to help his master with the annual Revealing Ceremony. They use their well honed senses of smell to test children who have reached the appropriate age to identify those touched by magic... and execute any they find.

The writing is decent and the world and premise are very interesting, but the story itself is cliched and doesn't live up to its potential. Didn't enjoy it nearly as much as other things I have read by Lewis.
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