Skein of Shadows: Vendetta by Nathan Ellsworth is an action packed short novel set in the city of Crown, the stage for a full novel coming from the group of writers called the Wandering Men.
The story pits Arastin, an elven assassin against an evil cult and a betrayer of his race. Arastin is a well rounded character. He is weary of the life he has chosen, seeking redemption of a sort, yet still thrilled by the hunt and the dark joy of the killing. The troupe of characters that pass through the story also seem fully fleshed out, where a simple sailor on stage for a few moments has a volume of his own that needs to be written down.
The only complaint is that the tale ends abruptly leaving the reader with mild dissatisfaction. I can only assume that the rest of the story shall be told in the larger piece mentioned above.
If you like your rogues cracking wise and quick with a blade; your adventure heroic, and your villains’ evil, this is a well imagined world to visit.
[4 of 5 Stars!]