Friday 30 January 2015

Sorrow's Isle by Jen Williams - a review

I don't tend to give 5 star ratings to short stories but in this case I'm making an exception. The reason behind this is simple - this story, set before the events of The Copper Promise, is just what a good short should be. The characters, Sir Sebastian and the wonderful Wydrin of Crosshaven fit comfortably into the narrative, making it feel like time spent with old friends, and the story itself doesn't try too hard to be too clever and deep.

It is a straightforward quest story with our heroes hired to find a girl missing on the titular island. You get action, peril, all in the right amounts. I've said before that The Copper Promise was very much in the style of the old Dungeons and Dragons game. That being the case both this short and the forthcoming sequel are like expansion packs - new lands, new creatures etc .

The writing and storytelling of Jen Williams is an absolute joy so treat yourself to Sorrow's Isle and join Sebastian and Wydrin on their quest - you'll be glad you did.

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