REVIEW: The Prisoner 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. Will the Prisoner comply and help Torren through the inspection? What will he ask in return? And will he keep his word?
The Prisoner is a novelette of approximately 9,300 words (50 pages).
The Prisoner is a short story shrouded in mystery and intrigue. I was pulled in from the very beginning immediately wanting to know more about who this Prisoner was and what he had done. The story did tell me a little bit about who he was, what he did, and how he became the “monster” that he is but not enough to leave me satisfied, which I think is what the author was going for as this is the first story in a series.
Laura Lond’s writing style is quick and easy to follow. She does not bore with a lot of backstory to build up to the actual story but writes the backstory in as the story goes along and incorporates it into the dialogue. I am sure that she could have added more character background, but the only character I was left really wondering anything extra about was the Prisoner. I did also gain a lot of respect for Torren as he tries to protect his family from the King and governor’s wrath by dealing with the Prisoner in an unorthodox manner because he seemed to have a greater understanding and “respect” for the Prisoner where others were too ignorant to see and/or understand the truth about him.
Overall, I think this is an excellently written short story that gives you just enough to hook you into the series and I cannot wait to read the next story The Knight which is going to be released soon.
The Prisoner can be found at Amazon:The Prisoner (The Dark Elf of Syron, #1)
Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.