Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Partner in Crime (Bonnie Watson)

A Partner in Crime
(A Weapons Casters story)
Bonnie Watson
Foreseer Productions
Fiction, Fantasy
***+ (Okay/Good)

DESCRIPTION: Former outlaw Azri didn't expect to find an old friend riding into the ramshackle town of Peony; his job was to hunt for fugitives on the dusty desert trails. It's not a glamorous life, but it keeps him on good terms with the Weapons Casters Guild, allowing him to legally work his arts and benefit from the Guild's powerful gifts. Sam used to be Azri's partner, but finally settled down to a ranch with a nice woman... until she was stolen and his ranch destroyed. Though it's not strictly part of his Guild contract, Azri can hardly refuse to help a friend in need - especially when that friend arrives with an old, mutual enemy.
A Kindle-exclusive title.

REVIEW: A fast-reading short story, it offers most everything one could want of a Western, but with a fantastic twist. Unfortunately, the rules of this world are only dimly sketched in, as it's more of a prequel than a complete tale in its own right. Several minor yet irritating errors plague the writing - misspellings, mostly, but in a story this short they stand out all the more. For what it is, it's not bad. I'd just hoped for more.

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