The Treason of Memory by Nyki Blatchley

The Treason of Memory by Nyki Blatchley
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Estent remembers assassinating the king he loved – but, in a sordid world of magic and espionage, can he trust his own memory?

Young aristocrat Estent n’Ashne has been arrested for assassinating the king he’s always loved. He remembers the deed, though not why he did it, but the enigmatic spy Sharru seems convinced of his innocence. Together, the unlikely pair must search through the slums and palaces of the city of Jalkiya to uncover both political intrigue and an ancient evil. But how can Estent find the truth when he can’t even trust his own memory?

Combining the sordid world of espionage with dark magic, The Treason of Memory is an action-packed adventure story set in a fantasy world of flintlocks and rapiers.

Estent, a young aristocrat, has memories of committing a horrible murder, but Sharru, a spy of confusing loyalties, helps him see how flawed his memories are. Most people rely on their memories for a sense of reality and stability. What would it be like to have dark priests entering your head and rewriting or adding to your memories? Estent has to face this brutal invasion of his mind and at the same time, figure out how to help save his city.

Nyki Blatchley has written a fast-paced exciting story. I especially liked the fact that his descriptions involve all the senses, so that the reader really feels as if s/he is right next to Estent and Sharru. The smells of the slums, the feel of fabrics, sounds or lack thereof, even the taste of the food are richly described, going way beyond the usual visual descriptions. Blatchley’s characters are also fully three-dimensional, believable people. Both Estent and Sharru demonstrate their humanity, their strengths, and their flaws. And while this is a short story, Blatchley nevertheless shows the growth and development of Estent in an intriguing coming-of-age story. The story line is well thought out, and I found myself turning pages quickly as the suspense grew.

I don’t know if Blatchley has plans for expanding on this story, but personally, I think it would be wonderful to learn additional details about Estent and his world. I would like to know more about Estent’s family as well as the history of the nation and the Yeidik cult. This information is not in any way necessary for the enjoyment of the story, but I was so taken by the characters and the glimpse of the world that Blatchely has given, that I want more.

Blatchley has crafted an excellent story, one that any reader of fantasy would enjoy. I hope to discover more of his writings in the future.


  1. Astilbe says:

    Great review, Cyclamen. You’ve piqued my interest. 🙂

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