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Ruined City

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the Northern Pass stands the city of Elowen, the glittering guardian between the Empire of Aloquis and the Kingdoms of Immra. It exists proud and prosperous, never dreaming its dark past was coming to call...

On a bright winter’s day a stranger arrives in Elowen, bearing a secret. From this man a dark blight of ruin descends over the great city and this day becomes known
Published September 4th 2011 by Smashwords (first published September 1st 2011)
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Dale Ibitz
My initial thought was that this was surprisingly good. Okay, I didn't say initially "surprisingly good" because I thought the story was going to suck, or because I've never liked anything written by this author, but because (a) it's a pretty short story, and (b) I thought it was 12 separate even shorter stories.

I traditionally don't like short stories, and I picked this up even though I thought it was an anthology because a Goodreads group I'm in was reading it. So I thought, what the heck, it
Author A.F. Stewart’s words paint pictures in glorious colors in this short story collection, tall curling spires with swirling delicate traceries on the walls. The reader feels as small as the narrator entering these halls. But darkness stirs and vengeance threatens this pastoral opulence.
The author creates magical scenes and imbues them with emotion, faint hints of modern-day questions lurking on the tongue. Different characters narrate the tale, giving the story immediacy and depth while keep
Mia Darien
When I read the description of this story, I immediately liked the idea. I liked the dark fantasy, the "post apocalypse" feel of it (though that's not precisely the case), and the idea of the intertwining perspectives of the after effects of a single terrible event.

The book didn't disappoint. I liked it. It could have done with a bit more editing in terms of the Tense, as some Present Tense stories shifted in and out of Past Tense at points and that got distracting. A couple stories also had thi
Ps Brittain
A.F. Stewart has the wonderful gift of using words to paint vivid pictures. In my case, maybe too vivid. Regardless, she is a gifted, great writer and deserves a review.

The city of Elowen and the Sapphire Palace are so easy to imagine. Quote: “ “Pain screams through my body and I fall back to my knees, spitting blood. But I will finish; he needs to know. “The founder of this place, …Thelphin bound the walls of this city with dark magic, with the bones and souls of the dead of Karrul. Didn’t you
Ann Lee
Great book read it today, oved it! Five stars!
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I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada, and I write speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror), as well as poetry. I have been plying the trade for several years, periodically interrupted by those pesky events from life.
I have published independently and authored such books as the Killers and Demons series, Fairy Tale Fusion, and Ruined City. I've also had stories published in various anthologies, includ
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“I look at the others, simpering courtiers and visiting dignitaries, all unsuspecting of what is to come. A merciful man should spare them, but I had mercy cut out of me at a young age.” 3 likes
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