Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: The Making of Michael Bishop (A Realm Walker Short Story) by Kathleen Collins

About The Making of Michael Bishop:

Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave. 

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions. 

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help. 

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

Sapphyria's Review:

Here's my link to Realm Walker, Book 1:

The Making of Michael Bishop is a short story in the Realm Walker series.  It gives us the timeline detailing how Michael D'Augustino went from being the son of a priest to a prisoner forced to do the bidding of another.  I was engaged from the start as Michael descended a curved staircase into was appears to be torture chambers. There is great detail provided and intrigue as the reader tries to figure out who or what is being help captive in a cage back in the darkest section of the chambers.  I really enjoy how Kathleen Collins writes.  It's smooth, understandable, and highly descriptive.

Oh, and there is also a glimpse of Thomas Kendrick, whom you will meet in more depth in Book 1 of the Realm Walker series.

I find short stories hard to review sometimes, especially when they are only a few pages long.  While I really enjoyed the story, I debated on how to write the review and what exactly should be included.  I've ultimately decided to just keep it as I have it above.  Short, sweet, and to the point.  

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Details:

The Making of Michael Bishop 
A Realm Walker Short Story 
Kathleen Collins 

Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy 

Date of Publication: August 30, 2014 


Number of pages: 20

Purchase Links:

About the Author:

Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them. 

The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband. 

She is currently hard at work on her next book. 

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