Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. I recently finished a short story by Kelsey Ketch titled Dark Creation and I enjoyed it. Today I have my review for the the Dark Creation blog tour.
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*I received a free ecopy of Dark Creations by Kelsey Ketch from YA Bound book tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
I think I should start with the ebook cover. While the story is from Charissa’s POV, I would have liked to see Sekhmet on the cover also, because she is such an integral part in the second story.
This is the second short story in the series and I have not read the first. I enjoyed this one enough that I think it can stand alone without needing to read the first, but the length is short enough reading them all would be worth while.
Ketch’s writing is immersive and moderately paced. I enjoyed her attention to historical details and the fact that she did such extensive research is shown in her writing.
Ketch also includes a glossary of word definitions that are great for those wanting to know more. I reread Dark Creations after reading the word meanings and felt the descriptions gave me a better appreciation of the scenes.
For example, knowing that the Andron is a part of the house reserved only for men made me understand a little more the isolation Charissa felt knowing even in her own home there a places she doesn’t go.
…but that could just be me.
My favorite part of Dark Creation is when Charissa unexpectedly sees her father again at the newly finished library. Although they do not exchange words, the one sided interaction gave me more history into her past.
I believe it is telling how good a writer you are when a short story can evoke the same level of empathy for characters as a lengthy novel. The combination POV, and detail emmersion made this a great story for me.
While Dark Creations is a short story, after reading the epilogue, I wanted to read more. The ending is a great cliff hanger. I wanted to know Charissa’s next move and if she follows through with her intentions.
4 out of 5 stars
Dark Creation (A Dark Reflections Short Story #2)
By Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: April 30th, 2021
New Adult Dark Fantasy Short Story
Summary from Goodreads:
Long before Charissa began her murderous rampage through history, she was a young woman living in ancient Alexandria.
Oppressed by society and cursed by the color of her hair, Charissa had hardly seen the world beyond the four walls of her home. So, when her husband leaves for extended military duty, she takes the opportunity to tour the city her brother once loved.
Little does she know the Fates have other plans in store for her when she runs into an exotic woman in the Rhakotis District. The encounter will change her life forever.
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Read a short excert from Dark Creation.
Too scared to move, I remained on the ground and watched the young woman and the man in silence. I should have apologized right there, but at the same time, I didn’t wish to draw attention to myself. My cheeks were already burning from my embarrassment.
I pressed my dirt-encrusted palms to my face, then realized my himation had fallen open and slipped down to my shoulders. Feeling as if every pair of eyes in the agora was staring at my hair, I scrambled to get the sea-blue fabric back over my head and covered my face.
About the Author:
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.
To stay up-to-date on her latest releases and more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.
I hope you enjoyed todays review. Remember to enter the giveaway for your chance to win an ecopy of Dark Reflections by Kelsey Ketch. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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