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In a city sinking into darkness and corruption, Spencer fights back the only way he knows how--with his fists. Desperate for a little extra cash to help him on his personal quest for justice, he seeks out an illegal fight club, hoping to win the open challenge and take the prize. But Spencer is about to discover truths about himself and the world around him that will chang ...more
Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2019
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Hannah Heath
This short story is incredibly powerful. My favorite quote was this:

"He knew nothing of the weakness and vulnerability that Amy knew, and so he couldn't know real strength, either."

This hit me so hard. Life is very difficult, and sometime it feels impossible to keep fighting against all of the pain and darkness around us. This story reminded me that our struggles do not have to be in vain. We all have unique gifts that we can use to lift up others (and ourselves). Sometimes we're too afraid or
Deborah O'Carroll
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fascinating story! I wasn’t always sure what was going on, but I knew I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading. This story had layers and it was so interesting to find each one behind the other. It’s some sort of Urban Fantasy mixed with superpowers and fist fighting in a ring, but it’s much more than that, somehow. I was so intrigued by Spencer and his story, and these other interesting people he meets. It was very vivid and I never wanted to stop reading, even if I didn’t necessarily “get ...more
Katelyn Buxton
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think what I love most about the scope of Dawson’s short-story-writing is that it’s so wide—and Gifted is no exception. It’s a unique story that drops you straight into a decayed urban setting, and as others have said, it feels gritty. Clues to the answers to all of the questions are scattered deliberately throughout in a way that is usually reserved for mysteries, so the resolution is extra satisfying when everything comes to light. Despite having a definite ending, however, it also feels kin ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This particular story is quite different from E.B. Dawson's other other works. It's like a blend of superhero and Urban Fantasy. The characters are vivid, easy to connect to, and make you want to follow them anywhere. It's more allegorical than other Dawson works, with the theme taking forefront and plot, character, setting, and style all bowing in service to it. It works brilliantly, leaving you feeling ready to rise up and take on the world. A must read of any E.B. Dawson fan, or spec fic fan ...more
R.M. Archer
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Both the worldbuilding and the characters in this story are excellent and deeply developed. This is a great beginning, and I hope to see more of this world in the future.
S. M. Holland
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the theme of this short story.. and like many of her other short stories, I would love to see more of this world! The urban fantasy feel was different, but gritty and wonderful. I loved the overall grey tone of this story... And I think you will too, it will make the light in the end seem all the more brighter!
Janelle Garrett
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DAWSON. Must have more of this, like, yesterday.

By far her best short story. CANNOT wait to read more.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie
A story with troubled vigilantes, written by E.B. Dawson? Sign me up!
If you like Dawson's other works, you won't be disappointed.
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