Seven Into the Bleak
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Seven Into the Bleak

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A band of companions—each with his or her own reasons—delves deep into the heart of the Bleak, the infamous and horrifying cavern world miles beneath their own. But their dreams of a quick journey fade into black when their way home is cut off.

Tavern songs dwell on heroes returning laden with loot, fame, and glory, but rarely do they talk of the fear, and loneliness, and m...more
Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published May 6th 2012 (first published May 1st 2012)
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Nikki
I really liked Matthew Iden's Sword of Kings, so when I realised he'd written a couple more fantasy shorts, I made sure to get them when I could. Seven Into the Bleak, like Sword of Kings, takes a fantasy trope and re-examines it: in this case, the idea of endlessly crawling through dark caverns. What if the way out wasn't days or weeks away, but years?

To say anymore would spoil it, but I definitely enjoyed it. The ending is perfect for the story -- it didn't surprise me, but it did fit so very...more
Tom
Sep 15, 2012 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans who like short stories
Recommended to Tom by: matthew iden
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, shorts
Seven adventurers bent on discovering gold and glory enter the Bleak. At first they find all they could want and more but as they descend to the darker places they find the evil is made of sterner stuff and when their way out is blocked, they have no choice but to go even deeper into this hell. As the weeks and months of searching for the way out continues, they discover that it’s the path itself that shapes them on their quest for riches.

The imagery in the Bleak is incredibly well written but...more
Rose Cimarron
[2012-06-28] Read this after work tonight. Like the wine at the wedding in Cana, the best was saved till last in Matthew's giveaway. At the beginning, I wondered if I would enjoy this story; I couldn't see the question behind it (Matthew's stories start from a question which he answers for himself by writing). When I got to the end, the question I asked myself was not the one with which Matthew started. I don't want to say more here, for fear of spoiling the story for others. When time allows, I...more
Michele
First, thank you to the author for a chance to read this short e-book for free. I am a fan of fantasy so I enjoyed this very much. The author approaches the story from a different perspective than a lot of fantasy I have read. He starts off with the characters already in the midst of their journey, which means you jump right into the action...and that works well for a short story. Also, he explores how the characters react to being deprived of their basic needs and the ramifications as they move...more
Charissa
A group of seven go into the Bleak--the underground world that gets darker and more dangerous with each new level--to find treasure. This story kept me riveted to my seat wondering what new horror they would meet the deeper they descended. Think of your worst nightmares, and this book pretty much captures them in words as this brave group gets decimated one by one. The twist at the end gave me pause, and caused me lots of reflection long after I was done with the book. This author weaves a great...more
Julie
This story was completely different from the first two. I did really like it, it had me thinking as I read, " where in the world is this going?"
To be completely honest, I don't think I blinked but a handful of times. It had me as freaked out as some of the characters themselves.
I genuinely liked this story, and will defiantly recommend it.


Julie

Thanks again Matthew.
Conny
I got this book as a free download and I am grateful I had the chance to read this short story. I was hooked from the beginning even though I was not sure where the story was going, it certainly kept me on my toes, it was dark and scary. If you love fantasy novels or just love to be entertained then don't miss this book.
Amanda


Matthew Iden has done it again. A whole world laid out in a tightly crafted short story. I was drawn in immediately to the story and all the slight nuisances that Iden weaves throughout of each character that give just a hint but is enough to fill in the blanks. The end is pure satisfaction. Bravo!
Jessica
Having read "Finding Emma" I was expecting something similar from seven into the bleak. And although it was completely different, I still enjoyed it.

An interesting interpretation of the desolation of the human being, and more specifically the human spirit, when all hope is lost in the darkness.
Michelle
Eh, it was an okay read. Again, I wish these stories were longer. It did make my jaw drop near the ending when the rock story is revealed.
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I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

I’ve held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska, and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program. Trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica added to the creative pot, as well,...more
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