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Darragh Wrathe, is a fierce fighter, pirate and sorcerer and a man of few words. He is on a personal quest having just arrived at the port of Blackwater with a slave and a chest of gold coins. Wrathe wants to be a worthy vessel and this is his journey, but can a journey this all-encompassing be one he can conquer? Will Wrathe have the strength and determination it will take? Rose tells her story with the kind of writing I have loved since the first time I read her work, vividly described scenes that place you in the story, in her world, a world completely constructed. Few words pass in the conversations between Wrathe and his slave Lorgan but you are fully still able to learn so much about them, this is the great way Rose writes her stories with tight dialog and well-developed characters. During Wrathes journey he travels long nights and days to find Elvesin, a terrifying women of great power who will help him determine the path needed to become the worthy vessel he desires to be. Wrathes is at a crossroads, one path will lead to more death and destruction, a path he is well familiar with. The other will come with a greater cost, this is the difficult choice Wrathe must make, and in the end will he make the right choice? As I said I have been reading Rose’s work for some time and love her style, it takes me away in an instant the way a great story should. Before reading Worthy Vessel I knew nothing about the story, all I knew was it was written by an author I love reading and this was enough for me. Worthy Vessel is very different from what I have come to love by Rose Blackthorn, but whether end of the world or apocalypse, or in this case fantasy if you are a fan of her work you will not be disappointed.
Length: 36 Pages
Publisher: Skull Island eXpeditions
Release date: October 21, 2015
The fearsome sorcerer and pirate Darragh Wrathe has long terrorized the oceans of western Immoren in the name of Toruk the Dragonfather, but the great dragon’s blessings are a double-edged sword, and the blighted energies Wrathe calls forth to destroy his enemies are slowly consuming him. Now with death an ever-present shadow at his side, Darragh Wrathe makes a pilgrimage to the black isle of Skell at the heart of the Nightmare Empire. There he will present himself to the enigmatic necrotechs of Cryx and seek to replace his failing body with the dark science of necromechanika. But immortality comes with a steep price, and Darragh Wrath must barter more than his flesh to prove himself a worthy vessel of Toruk’s power.
Rose Blackthorn, biography
Rose Blackthorn lives in the high mountain desert with her boyfriend and two dogs, Boo and Shadow. She spends her free time writing, reading, being crafty, and photographing the surrounding wilderness.
She is a member of the HWA and has appeared online and in print with Necon E-Books, Stupefying Stories, Buzzy Mag, Interstellar Fiction, Jamais Vu, Eldritch Press and various anthologies including The Ghost IS the Machine, A Quick Bite of Flesh, FEAR: Of the Dark, Equilibrium Overturned, Wrapped in Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult, and Cranial Leakage: Tales From the Grinning Skull Volume 1. Her first poetry collection Thorns, Hearts and Thistles was published in February 2015, and is available through Amazon.