A Neophyte’s Tale, an Abbey Thorne short story
Series: Prequel to The Netherwalker Series
Author: C.K. Dawn
Publication Date: April 27 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Book Links: Goodreads
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Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.
Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal is. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest, should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?
4 of 5 Stars
This is a fairly short story that I’d describe as a peek into the life of Abigail Thorne. Novellas and short stories take a lot to impress me because I rarely feel I get super connected with any character quickly enough. This completely goes against that. I’m caught up in the emotions of quite a few of the characters even aside from Abbey. I get a real sense of personality from each character brought into the story. I attribute this connection to the very real feelings and confusion that Abbey has. The end has me very intrigued for the continuation of the story. While this didn’t have as much of the fantasy element in it I do think it will be a valuable asset to a series involving Abbey and the world she’s a part of. I’m curious to see the impact of her past on her future and what will happen. I highly recommend this, especially for anyone that might be hesitant to start a new series.
CK lives with the love of her life John, his cat Scout, her cat Hagrid, their mutually adopted and socialized feral kitten Pepper (yes, cats have favorite humans. It’s a thing), and their dog Diesel (aka Methane– Please, don’t make her explain).
She credits her mother for the strong independent woman she is, her father for her inner peace and beautiful outlook on life, and the summers of sweaty, manual labor on her grandparents’ farm for her strong work ethic.
In writing, CK has truly found her bliss. Stay tuned, because there will be a lot more to come in her Netherwalker series. Seriously, things have only just begun.