My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book name : Forfeit:
Author : Rustin Petrae
Rustin Petrae's Forfeit is yet another classic of his writings.
Forfeit is an anthology that features eight original short stories from author Rustin Petrae (Histories of Purga Novels & The Bane Pack Novels).
The theme of this collection is the word forfeit. In each story, a character has to forfeit something important to them. Their minds. Their ideals. Their innocence. Their lives. Sometimes they are forced to give up them up. Sometimes, they do so willingly.
I do judge a book by its cover and the cover is so beautiful and apt connecting the short stories. The title is just perfect as thats the central theme.
This anthology has 8 short stories:
The Phoenix's Gift
The Chained Man
The Lonely Death
Watching From Afar
I loved the Phoenix’s Gift and The Lonely Death a lot. I read and re-read these short stories nearly 5 times. The words are so beautifully crafted and the events are described so flawlessly. The flow of thoughts in the words is so connective.
The most loved sentence was from The Lonely Death – “ I had to guide and protect the dying from a lonely death. Its what I was made to do”
Watching From Afar - I felt had every element of it to be developed into a full-fledged Sci-Fi Novel. Its amazing! Loved the idea of a genetic key that was coded to the women’s DNA.
The Tunnel gave me a surge in adrenaline and the ending note- “ I was alive” made me smile and made me relatable to the character.
The Burn Zone had characters who can see ghosts and can read minds. It was a lethal combination which was awesome for the story plot.
I enjoyed reading this anthology and I wish Rustin Petrae all the very best for his future authorship works.
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