Alinor’s Shard by Brian Beam

SHARD
Alinor’s Shard by Brian Beam
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Yalis was once a peaceful world, one of endless beauty and splendor. Alinor, the Creator, so loved this world of His own creation that He chose to live amongst those who populated its beauteous lands. Sheltered by His love, the people of Yalis experienced centuries of untold prosperity . . .

Until Renoris, the Dark God, descended upon Yalis with vengeful fury, forever changing everything.

Ever since that fateful day, Fillon, once a simple artist, has slaved under the Dark God’s oppressive reign for the promise of his family’s protection. However, an unexpected attack against the Dark God’s forces reveals the deceit behind that promise, rending Fillon’s life asunder.

The sole purpose of his existence lost, Fillon joins in the rebellion against the Dark God in hopes of confronting the evil deity with humanity’s last hope for reclaiming their world—Alinor’s Shard.

Will Yalis once again be bathed in the loving warmth of the Creator’s light, or will it forever be entombed within the malicious desolation of the Dark God’s shadow?

Yarris was a planet of beauty created by Alinor, but Renoris the Dark God assassinated Alinor and took Yarris for his own.

Fillon had been an artist but now slaved in the Dark God’s mines for Lumine Crystals as the sun no longer shone on the planet and these crystals were the only way to grow crops. He hated the work, but did it to keep his family safe. His hopes are shattered when unknown soldiers defeat the guards and tell the miners they are free. He receives good news and bad news. Alinor’s Shard has been found and will be used to rid Yarris of the Dark God. He also learns his home town has been destroyed and his family is probably dead. Fillon joins the soldiers as he has nowhere else to go.

This book is unusual in many aspects. Good God versus Bad God, rebels winning through to confront the Dark God and a lone man treading his own path. The darkness of the planet and the camp surrounding the mines are easy to visualize and even though Fillon is not described in detail, I could see him as he trudged his way to the mine and then on with the soldiers.

Fillon’s thoughts made me see his world as he saw it, from his disgust at the all too clean leader of the soldiers to his terror as they charged the black gates of the Dark God’s palace. A well written book with a very surprising ending. It’s this ending that gave the book its rating as I could see no reasoning behind the action. Overall I enjoyed reading Alinor’s Shard and the author has got the length exactly right. Any more and I would have become bored, any less and it wouldn’t have so much impact.

Comments

  1. Shelby L. says:

    Sounds like an exciting read–I’m interested in seeing how the story unfolds in my head 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for the great review!

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