Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tales of Aldura: Phaedra/ Susan Stuckey

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Epic Fantasy / Short Story

Approximate word count: 14-15,000 words

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“Currently (mostly) retired, but 'back in the day' Susan was a meek, mild-mannered, self-effacing accountant/auditor by day but after 5:00 her imagination broke free. She either played with historical stories, or in the magical World of Aldura she created.

Besides playing in fantasy and/or historical times, Susan searches for dead people (otherwise known as researching her family's genealogy), crochets, loves to try new recipes, and is the servant of multiple fur-children (both feline and canine).

For more, visit the author’s webside or Facebook page.


“The call of duty can be a rough path to follow, and some paths are more difficult than others. Phaedra, a Njae Loremaster, must tread one of the more difficult ones. Along the way she confronts her fate as predicted by a Seeress, acquires the assistance of a dragon, and risks her husband, her child, and her life in order to save the peoples of the Twin Goddess.”


This starts as a simple story of a group of newly confirmed Rangers heading out on their first mission to patrol the Barrier Wall. Phaedra is hoping to find a way to diffuse the other members’ hostility toward her. Their patrol is joined by Thaenad, whom we first met in Choices and Kaserie’s Choice.

Ms. Stuckey is an expert storyteller. Her prose is tight, it is hard to believe she can pack so much story in forty-six pages. Her fantasy world is well written, her characters are always interesting and unique, as is the magic they each possess. Phaedra has known her fate since the time she was born, she thought becoming a ranger would help prepare her for her task. This is an emotional story of honor, fortitude, strength, and destiny. I found it heart-wrenchingly well told.

The scope of Ms. Stuckey’s Tales of Aldura keeps growing and this one, in particular, weaves into Tales of Aldura: Choices. If you haven’t read it yet, you will want to now. I will be rereading it.

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Rating: ***** Five stars


Susan Stuckey said...

Thank you ever so much for your kind words. I wondered if you would catch the link to Choices and am so happy that you did :-)

Again, thank you and all the other reviewers who do this to support indie authors.


KJDonovan said...

Nice review - I love Ms Stuckey's work.

?wazithinkin said...

You are welcome, Ms. Stuckey. I am looking forward to more stories. :D

?wazithinkin said...

Thanks for dropping in and commenting, KJDonovan. Ms. Stuckey's fantasy world is unique and her characters are always fascinating.