Genre: Fantasy (with gay heroes)
Format: Short Story (41 pages)
Series: 7&7 Anthology
Publisher: DSP Publications (May 2016)
Bonus: Free on publisher’s site
Rating: 3.75 stars (out of 5)
DSP Publication’s anthology covers 7 virtues and 7 vices, and the theme of Sean Michael’s short story is the virtue of prudence.
The brief fantasy story pulls the reader in with attractive characters, including an exiled seer, his endearing and strong husband, and a loyal apprentice. Brawn was an aptly named and a wonderfully – well – brawny and stoutly loyal husband to the troubled Seer Del of the Red. The setting was evocative and enticing, and the couple’s homecoming nicely bittersweet. In such a short story, the author painted intriguing locations with a quick brush, including an tunnel-visioned royal city and court and a vibrant mountain tribe. The relationship of the devoted couple was perhaps the strongest, most alluring part of this brief tale. A supporting character or two showed enough promise to warrant their own story. In the end, the story was too short and a quick if a bit pat diversion, just whetting one’s appetite for more interesting, provocative, and tempting writing in a grander scale by this author.