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Branded Faith: A Short Story

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A nameless stranger lingers in a dingy tavern, trying and failing to stay one drink ahead of the memories that won’t let him be. He seems weaker than mere drunkenness would explain: the room’s paltry illumination still seems too bright for him, and even the softest sounds make him cringe. Just as he summons the will to put down his cup and leave, a group of traders barge i ...more
Published (first published August 27th 2011)
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Kelly
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I *loved* this short story. I didn't want it to end. If Underhill wrote a whole book in this world, I'd be begging for it. To create such a fleshed out world in such a short story, to make it feel like it could have been a side story of an epic or even a chapter beginning it... took my breath away. A highly recommended read to anyone who enjoys fantasy. This is how to write.
Ronald Keeler
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A boy joins a monastery at a very young age in Branded Faith by Nick Wisseman. He questions the faith held by others at the monastery but is assured that if he studies and has faith, he will possess a power that might save the world. The boy’s power first manifested itself as he survived a fall from a tree that should have killed him. Brother Monks noticed a glow that emanated from a brand or mark on the boy, one that seemed to appear when there was a threat or danger to him.

As the boy grows, th
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Sarah
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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I liked it. I wish it was part of a larger story or series though. The world and the character are intriguing and I want to know more about them.
Jennifer Steen
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Branded Faith was suspense, fantasy, and mystery all tied into one. I found myself hooked to find out the true past of this mysterious stranger, and what connection he had to the boy. Through the entire thing there was a level of uncertainty as to if this stranger was good or evil. Had he healed the girl for some evil purpose? He seemed to be fighting something, what? This story is simply intriguing and certainly worth a read. It goes deeper too. It’s a good example of the simple made profound. ...more
Heather Boustead
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, horror, short-story
Branded Faith
By Tom Underhill

A man sits in a tavern listening to the people talking around him and flashing back to the life he once had living with monks. As we listen, we learn that this is not just any man but an extremely gifted man who does not always use his gifts for the greater good.

Tom Underhill is quickly becoming one of my favorite short story authors. This one like the last one I reviewed, Ghost Writer, was absolutely fascinating. Not only does the nameless man in the tavern have a
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Infinite
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, fantasy
Branded Faith is suspenseful, thoughtful and engrossing. The situation slowly unfolds and little by little the protagonist is introduced. The moral dilemma of his character is brilliantly laid out. The reader is presented a clear view of his tortured soul, and how his abilities are more a curse than a gift. Branded Faith shows a brief glimpse of a story that would make an excellent novel and has enormous potential for elaboration. Out of all of the author’s stories this was one of my top favori ...more
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Nick Wisseman lives in Bear Lake, Michigan with his wife, daughter, fifty cats, twenty horses, and ten dogs. (Okay, so there are actually ten times less pets than that, but most days it feels like more). He's not quite sure why he loves writing twisted fiction, but there's no stopping the weirdness once he's in front of a computer.