The Pit; Thrust into the fighting pit is Elad, a bitter, jaded knight who remembers better days, before the Empire fell in ruin. Against him is sent a creature unlike any he has seen before, for it comes not from his world; a giant bull-man. Who lives, who dies?
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I quite enjoyed this story. It terms of flavor, it reads like a scene from Spartacus with a touch of gore from Gladiator. The premise and plot is very straight forward. In many ways, this is why I like reading short stories so much. I find reads like this to be refreshing after getting a throbbing headache from needless drama often found in novels.
Warwick's writing style is strong and highly engaging. The Pit is basically a single action scene told from two points of view. The author manages to pull this off without creating confusion or redundancy. I also liked that the reader is highly aware of what is taking place but is not bogged down by a bombardment of detail description. This is testament to the author's writing skills.
I felt that Elad was by far the most interesting character but I was surprised that he comes across as the primary character when I later read the author's summary. Though this is a short story, I felt like his character/background could have been more thoroughly explored.
All in all, an excellent short story and well worth looking into.
Reviewed by Alain Gomez