Smoke and Fears

Michaelis cannot remember his real name, nor how he came to be a valet for the schoolboy son of a powerful magician who rules with an iron fist Phantom wisps of incense and narrow glimpses of memory are all he has, until he chances upon a family secret which only compounds intrigue What might his young master Abel know of his amnesia What binds him to the Wensleys AndMichaelis cannot remember his real name, nor how he came to be a valet for the schoolboy son of a powerful magician who rules with an iron fist Phantom wisps of incense and narrow glimpses of memory are all he has, until he chances upon a family secret which only compounds intrigue What might his young master Abel know of his amnesia What binds him to the Wensleys And why does he, a simple valet, know fragments of magic
Smoke and Fears Michaelis cannot remember his real name nor how he came to be a valet for the schoolboy son of a powerful magician who rules with an iron fist Phantom wisps of incense and narrow glimpses of memory a

  • Title: Smoke and Fears
  • Author: Laura VanArendonk Baugh
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “Smoke and Fears”

    1. A short, quick, fun read. I was intrigued when I read at the end this had been part of an 8-hour challenge (so the story was written in only 8 hours). A cool concept and a strong writing voice, period, but particularly so for that situation. I do think it would work well as a full-length novel, to give more room for backstory and world building. Still, I enjoyed this taste of Baugh's writing and look forward to reading more of her work. My WebsiteFind me on FacebookMy YA fantasy series:book 1boo [...]

    2. From the moment we meet Marsden, reeling from a lungful of smoke and unable to remember his own name, I found myself entranced. While this was written, edited, and published in 8 hours for J.A. Konrath's 8-Hour Ebook Challenge, I wouldn't have guessed it from the writing.What really makes this ebook is the atmosphere. Allowing for the length, there is still a rich amount of description and world-building here. The characters are realistic and believable within their strict class structure. And t [...]

    3. The main character is named James Marsden, though he is known as Marsden throughout the story, so I imagined the actor in the role. Well-written but too short! I'd like to see more of this world and the characters!

    4. I did very much enjoy this short story. It starts with a character who is essentially a blank canvas, not even knowing his name until it's told to him. His calm method of putting the pieces together was intriguing to me. For the length, there is a decent amount of world building and characterization. I knew it was a short story (I read it in maybe a half hour while pushing my daughter on the swings at the park), so I wasn't expecting anything long and involved (because short stories that try to [...]

    5. eNeed to clear away the smokeAll through this story I kept trying to understand why it felt like train starting and stopping or sitting at a stop sign with a passenger saying, “Go! Stop. Go! Stop.” The questions was answered in the end. This book was written in eight hours and it reads like it.Look, I’ll give credit where credit is due, but the competition is over, so, my suggestion is, go back and rewrite this mess. It holds an interesting premise of magic and family secrets, but until it [...]

    6. A good, quick read from an author I love. But this was written as a quick-writing exercise & it shows. Liked the premise and the plot twists, but there are too many holes in the story. I would like to re-read this when it is fleshed out to novel length (assuming it might be?) and some of the holes reworked.

    7. This was a great short read, finished it in less than an hour but really enjoyed the story. Hard to believe it was written in less than 8 hours, with it being so well put together. Would love to see it expanded further into a full length novel.

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