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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Mountain of Ice by Richard C White

The Mountain of Ice by Richard C White
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (29 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Never play cards with a wizard . . .

I knew I should have checked his sleeves . . .

One wrong turn of the cards and I find myself trying to scale a frozen cliff to break into a castle to steal an item to pay off that damn wizard. Oh, did I mention that I’m stuck with three other guys who’ll probably try to kill me and keep the reward for themselves? And that the castle is heavily guarded? Plus, there’s an evil spirit rumored to lurk on the mountain? And I have no idea what the item is or what it looks like?

Yep. My luck is holding steady. All bad.

First off, never play cards with a wizard. After all, you know he’s not going to lose, right? And secondly, don’t offer to do a quest unless you know more about it. It sounded simple, but it wasn’t…

Mr. White’s main character is like a mercenary. He’s strong, nimble, smart enough to still be alive, and not afraid of much. He’s also willing pursue a beautiful woman when he runs across one. Fighting demons he can’t see is another story.

This author has woven a story set in the cold that is descriptive enough to give you a shiver. As if the main character hasn’t challenges enough, he is going on his quest with the others gaming at the table with the wizard. They’re not stellar companions and most likely are going to try stealing the item he’s trying to retrieve, but they’re all he’s got.

The whole story has a mysterious setting and none of the characters are what they appear to be. They have secret talents, surprises up their sleeves, and they are only interested in themselves. Well, they do have some interest in the Queen’s slave since she’s beautiful and seductive. But is she interested in them or only using them?

This is fast paced story filled with surprises. I admired our hero, empathized with the Queen’s slave, and hated the bad men, just like the author wanted me to. He kept my interest, made the story a bit spicy, and made me hope I might read more by him. He writes a good tale and he could easily write a sequel to this story. I’ll be watching for it.

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