Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In a matter of hours, Ash must walk into the sacred fire, where he will transform or die. But the fire is not what the clan believes, and it may be the least of Ash’s troubles.
Tully Vincent creates a dark tale of a post apocalyptic world and a boy about to face his coming of age ritual. Vincent creates her own mythology, one I would love to see revisited in a larger storyline, both as a prequel (although that would be very hard to read knowing what’s coming) and a sequel to this short story.
The character of Ash is carefully laid out, we can see who they are and guess at Ash’s history and upbringing. It also makes the horrors that are to come all the more shattering. This is not just dub con, but actual rape that happens here. So please take note of the warnings. I found it very difficult to read.
However, getting past those scenes, the powerful images and the remainder of the story, including the ending, pulled everything the author hoped to achieve together, giving Ash a transformation you will not only love but want to know more about.
Cover art works beautifully with the story and character.
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published January 1st 2017 (first published December 2016)
Genre: post-apocalyptic, paranormal
Warnings: bondage, dub/non-con