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We Stand at the Gate

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  1 review
Beyond a mythical kingdom's southermost borders sits the supernatural wasteland known as the Blight. Two soldiers, members of a garrison charged with protecting the kingdom's borders against the horrors of the Blight, are on sentry duty one dark night when one regales the other with a very strange tale. His tale hints at what lurks at the very heart of the Blight.

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Published March 24th 2012 by Smashwords
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I would read about these characters and this world in a full-length novel. The writing is solid, and even in such few pages I thought the men had character. I don't know if this works very well as a short story though. It feels kind of like a little taste of something without a complete story. More of a prologue.
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James Pratt likes to create realistically flawed but basically decent characters and have them cross paths with serial killer angels, redneck vampires, slithering horrors from other dimensions, and the end of the world. He also likes to write stories that demonstrate how the ever-present darkness threatening to wash over the world like a wave of endless night can be held back with a little courage ...more
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