- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 320 KB
- Print Length: 65 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Less Than Three Press; 1 edition (1 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C54UVCQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,015,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Playing with Shadows Kindle Edition
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Ms Miller creates an adequately oppressing atmosphere striking the exact balance to make her story creepy but without having her reader wondering why the lead does not simply run away: if a setting is too menacing, infact, the author must also devise an excuse to prevent her characters from fleeing it.
The theocracy she establishes as political background not only contributes to the bleak atmosphere but it also allows the reader some uncomfortable parallels with our reality.
While the story could have been longer, it does not feel underdeveloped. Writing is good, the two leads are well outlined and the plot is tight.
That said, I am not a great fan of horror and I only held out because I knew there was going to be a HEA.
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I saw this as a journey in Corin's maturity from a young man into a man. He was chosen to serve the Priests with the goal of learning humility and obedience. Yes, he learned that under tough conditions but the longer he was there, the more he gained. Corin was portrayed as one without friends, expected to do whatever the Priests ask, and survive with little food and inadequate sleeping conditions.
Did Corin complain? No, he wasn't a whiner. Instead he looked forward to when his year's service was up. He sought the positive aspects of each job -- Of being in the sunshine while sweeping the roof. We learn enough about Corin to prepare for his future.
Priests are usually characterized as either pompus or extremely evil. Well, this story hits on one and it reflects the title well. So yes this can be seen as a dark book but there isn't any torture, whipping, or other humble acts of belittling -- It's just not there. Instead the darkness within the temple walls are sinister. Scary. Borderline myth, whether Corin believes or not.
I was invested enough in this 65 page work that when I was done, I was hitting the author's webpage, looking for a continuing story. I'd love to see Corin evolve to be a valued member of society, rising way above his humble farming background. And his relationship with his mentor - I'd love to see how that progresses. Corin is so honest, I know he'd be a wonderful main character to follow and I'd be cheering on his progress.
Please. Another book! -- Dan's Wife
In other words, without getting into spoiler territory, Miller made some odd choices - ones that I think hurt the story. The writing technique, though - the language itself - was well done.
If you're after a torrid romance, you won't find it here. Any romantic themes are essentially an afterthought. (I don't consider that a bad thing, BTW. A light touch with the heat is often an improvement.)
It wasn't terrible, and it's free, so I guess just see for yourself.