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Trading Knives: Prequel Short Story #1 to The Bow of Hart Saga by [Solomon, P. H.]
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There are two occasions when an author chooses to write a prequel. They have written a series of books that lends itself to writing "the story before", or they are writing a series and wish to introduce it to the public. Even in the former case it's essential that the scene is set and the characters introduced properly: a prequel may well attract new readers to the series as well as appeal to those who already know and love the people featured.

P H Solomon falls into the latter category: indeed he includes the first chapter of the first book in the series at the end, and yet he left me floundering. I had no idea where I was, who the characters were, or why they were behaving the way they did.

The reason for a two star rating, rather than a total thumbs-down, is that the many fight scenes are vividly written. The author has the potential to create a world that's intriguing, even the stuff of movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel Story -- Definitely Made Me Want to Read More 21 Oct. 2015
By Wendell - Published on Amazon.com
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This short prequel to the series introduces readers to one Corgren. This down-on-his-luck man has seen his beloved wife Lucinda taken from him by the ravages of war and has retreated to the life of a river wanderer; he and his brother plying their trade as transporter of goods and knife-fighters all along the winding course of the Hart river.

It isn’t the best life, Corgren can admit to himself, but so far the prize money has been good and, at least, he is gaining some small measure of revenge against the hated Hartian by gutting their citizens in knife fight after knife fight.

Circumstances have begun to change though. Corgren’s brother becoming mixed up in dangerous business; something he is keeping hidden from his own flesh and blood. The only proof of it — besides Corgren’s intuition — a dragon tattoo on Paugren’s body.

When a mysterious stranger approaches Corgren after a fight, offers to grant him power to triumph over all his enemies, and displays a curious familiarity with Corgren’s personal secrets, he initially believes it is all a ruse. But slowly, it becomes clear much more is going on than it seems, and soon he is placed in a situation where he must choose between his own death or accepting the stranger’s offer — even though he doesn’t trust it.

What I can say about this introductory short is that it has some stellar knife fights, subtle characterization, and provides a wonderful hook to encourage new readers to continue on with the series. Nothing startling happens here, but it is a fun, quick read that does leave you wanting more. At least, it did for me, which is why I immediately picked up the second short story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of Trading knives by P.H. Solomon 30 Aug. 2015
By Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko - Published on Amazon.com
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The story is no doubt very well written, even if I found the language a bit archaic, so much so that I had to re-read lines to make out the meaning of some sentences. The story itself was interesting, fast at different sections, and obscure in many others. It was as if the author was hiding the fact that his characters were into some occult beliefs, which he did not want to admit to himself. And why is that? Because the characters themselves did not understand the nature of the being pulling them into his service. A being that required them to shed blood, to offer blood to him, the dark spirit. Of course, we know who that spirit is, the characters knew too.

I also found the names of the characters: Corgren and Paugren quite confusing. Names almost so similar by sound that it was sometimes difficult to know who is doing what, and when. Like I already said, the story is well written, but difficult to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Introduction 25 Sept. 2015
By CP - Published on Amazon.com
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The biggest problem with short stories is it’s hard for me to do a review without any spoilers, so I hope you don’t mind if I allow the story to keep some secrets.

Though this is a short read, it’s packed with plenty of action and intrigue that made the story fly by. I really enjoyed the tough no-nonsense Corgren as he tried to figure out what his brother is planning as well as the mysterious stranger.

As I mentioned, the intrigue was at the heart of the story and my desire to learn more about this new world kept me turning pages. I’m not ashamed to say this ended way too soon and I can’t wait to read the other short and novel when it comes out.
4.0 out of 5 stars short story to introduce the dark forces into the story..... 6 May 2016
By Montzalee Wittmann - Published on Amazon.com
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Trading Knives:Prequel Short story #1 to the Bow of Hart Saga by P.H.Solomon is a fantasy tale of prize fighting men along the Hart river. There they meet a man that promises great power for their service. It is a testosterone pounding, short story of the start of an something that may lead to an adventure that is devilish indeed. Fast paced, lots of action, and leads the reader to wonder about the course these men have taken.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story! 27 Feb. 2017
By Dingy Deb - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved how the author wasted no time in letting me know what the story was about and who it was about. The action was fast, after all, what is slow about a knife fight? I can't wait to read the next prequel and then book one!
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