Original Title: A Neophyte’s Tale, An Abbey Thorne Short Story
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Smashwords Edition (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 41
First Sentence: “The nine year old was trying to match her father’s long stride as they walked down the street to the movie theater.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.
Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal is. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest, should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?
I liked this little short story. It definitely got me interested in the book and I will try to read that soon. In this short story, we are introduced to Abbey Thorne, a young girl who hasn’t had it easy in life. Not only is her mom a drunkard, they can hardly pay rent, but she also hears a word repeated in her head. A word said in a voice that is not her own. Abbey is a really interesting character, and I do believe that the book series will be quite interesting.
If you are curious about the series but not sure, then this short story might be a good place to start. It managed to peak my interest, that is for sure.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. I believe it’s a good gateway/introduction to the series, which I will definitely check out.