Tsayad is tasked with vanquishing demons for his clients in the sleepy town assigned to him. With his trusty blade and riotous shotgun, unclean spirits were no match for him- that is, until a greater darkness began to seep in. Tsayad soon finds that he is not strong enough on his own to drive off this force of evil.
For fans of B-horror movies with ridiculous violence and plenty of cheese.
Both short stories and urban fantasy aren’t something that I typically reach for, however, this was a nice palette cleanser between all the large and dense books I’ve been reading lately. It’s very short, less than 50 pages, which meant I could read it in one sitting. The last line of the synopsis really does fit this book. There are times it’s a bit cheesy in the dialogue and action, but it’s in a fun, silly way. The story isn’t overly ambitious, sticking with a simple plot about a bigger baddie coming into town. To be fair, that fits this short of a story.
The writing has room to improve. There were times when it felt simplistic or lacking the detail to move the story into a really engaging one. I found myself making notes about questions I wish he had answered or expanded upon. These were details that could have easily been pulled off in 50 pages. The dialogue was also a bit clunky and could have benefited from more editing. However, for a self-published debut, there were some great lines, and I would be interested to see how the author improves with more time and maybe more pages. Even with the issues I had, it was a fast, fun romp into a genre I don’t normally read. At an affordable price, I think it’s worth picking up and supporting more self-published works.
I received a free copy via the author in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author: David Belau
Release Date: September 22, 2018
Format Read: Kindle
Category(s): Urban Fantasy, Short Story
Pages: 47 (Kindle)