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Review: Unwanted – Dusk Peterson

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Maryann

Author’s Note: As of 2024, my fiction is only released through my subscription services, so I’m only releasing stories (including novels) via omnibuses, which I update whenever a new story is released.To receive notice of new releases, subscribe to my blog or newsletter. To receive all my new releases for a monthly fee, subscribe to one of my subscription services. See also the progress report on upcoming fiction in this series.

About The Book

When a young man seeks to change his life from the horrible pattern he appears destined to follow, he discovers that a god-man sees more than mortal men do.

The Review

Quirinus believed nobody wanted him. It was even rumored that his parents killed themselves rather than deal with him. His younger brother declared that he could run their village much better than him. Even his sister would accept marriage from any man that could take her away from Quirinus’s household.

Quirinus did not have many goals in life. The only one that was important to him was to not die a virgin. He failed in finding someone to marry, and his searching got him labeled as a carouser. So he decided to petition the ruler himself before the villagers could.  He traveled to the capital of Koretian and plead his case before the Jackal.  

“Unwanted” is another of his short stories from “The Three Lands – Empty Dagger Hand” omnibus. “Unwanted” is connected to the first story in this collection. “The End”. It’s very character-focused, building the reader’s curiosity to find out more about Quirinus and his life.

Once again, Peterson intrigues and entertains me. I’ve already got my eye on some other characters that he has written about.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California. Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018. My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen. New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012. She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series. Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book!

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing. I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews. One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group. Joining her site was such an eye opener. I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.