Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Review of "The Prisoner," short story by Laura Lond
Captain Torren, the warden of the Dormigan Prison, knows that the mysterious Prisoner 34 is much more dangerous than the authorities think. Torren does his best to guard him, going so far as to break some of his orders, but the new governor’s sudden wish to personally inspect the prison threatens to destroy the shaky balance the warden has achieved.
A really interesting fantasy piece by Lond. It was bordering on psychological which is unusual for the genre but Lond was able to pull it off without the story feeling forced.
I was immediately fascinated by Prisoner 34. Lond does an excellent job giving us just enough backstory to whet our appetites and yet not bog the flow of the short story down with mountains of exposition.
What dropped the story from a 4 star to a 3.5 for me was the the fact that it didn't feel complete at the end. This is a part one of a series but it doesn't change the fact that the story needs to have an end. I don't mind cliffhangers but I do mind when it feels like the story just got cut off for the sake of part two.
But I was certainly intrigued enough to want to keep reading. Definitely worth picking up a copy.
Reviewed by Alain Gomez
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