„Poetry in prose... I love a story that is huge, but also incredibly intimate, and this novella managed to encompass both of these things.“ —Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel in Game of Thrones)
Minister Shea Ashcroft took pity on innocents. The result was violence and exile. Out on the border, all he's in charge of now is construction of the queen's massive defensive tower, using technology brought by refugees from another world. But one of them warns him that the plan to use her people's devices may draw attention none of them can afford. If Shea backtracks, his future will be destroyed. If he doesn't, they all may be.
- 2 To Be Read lists
Publisher: Metaphorosis - Vestige
Tropes: Abandoned Place, Alien Artifacts, Aliens Among Us, Conspiracy, Cross-Species Friendships, Dystopian Governments, Fallen Hero, Fish Out of Water, Interspecies Romance, Lost Civilization, Magical Disaster, Parallel Worlds, Powerful Artifact, Reluctant Hero
Word Count: 37000
Languages Available: English
Seregil of Rhiminee on Risingshadow wrote:
In the ever growing market for novellas, Barsukov's story is a contender for the top brackets. It's clever, it's feverish, and leaves much up for interpretation.
Sarah Chorn on Bookworm Blues wrote:
One of the best and most compelling fantasy novellas of the year.
Łukasz Przywóski on Fantasy Book Critic wrote:
It's different, and eye-catching, with stunning prose and a shocking amount of depth and story.
Arina on Queen's Book Asylum wrote:
A fine example of a novella format.
Celeste Richardson on Novel Notions wrote:
Like a good opera, Yaroslav is a master at setting the stage and pulling at heartstrings.
A very intriguing look into a world that I hope will be further explored.