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Legend has it that Elizabeth A Reeves was born with a book in her hands and immediately requested a pony. Though this story is questionable, it is true that books and horses have been consistent themes in her life. Born in Massachusetts, she was quickly transplanted to Arizona by a professor father and creativity-driven mother, who is the one responsible for saying "If you can't find a book that you want to read, write a book you want to read." In her spare time, she likes to knit, weave, hatch chickens, and chase after her husband and four sons.

Story: We Mortal Few

Reviews

Joolea

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This is a great pitch for a novel but not such a great short story. The Hughes character is unrealistic in a short story context and if this story became a novel, the Hughes character obviously would have more time to develop. The protagonist and the Fae Oberon were well developed for a short story. Many reviews comment that they want more and I feel this is due to the pitch nature of this story rather than a self contained piece. If that is the nature of the contest, then this is a great start.

L.J. Lenehan

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I really like this. I think my kids would like it. The idea is fantastic and there is so much you can do with this story. It would be a brilliant series or comic book! Well done, very creative.

munchi0416

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Awesome Read, I had a hard time getting into the story at first but with a little character development, stylistic changes, and some background I could see myself completely engrossed in this novel. I love science fiction and I would love to see where this story goes. Looking forward to more!

Headliner

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Just genre writing. This is a contest. A computer could come up with this stuff. I hope the winners create something original.

PennilessWriter

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This story has obvious merit, but it is obviously not a short story. It was clearly excerpted from a longer piece, and unfortunately no effort was made to alter that. We have no context for the story, the central conflict, or why we should care about these characters. Hughes is too short-sighted and impractical to be believed, as anyone knowing that one person's blood was the key to defeating a vast enemy population would stop at nothing to ensure that person remained alive. If his rashness is a character flaw, we don't know that because there is no character development in the piece we have been given. The writing is good, the dialogue is passable, and I'm sure the overall story is quite engaging, but for myself (and I am a huge sci-fi fan, so it's not a genre thing), it didn't have a unique hook or an arc that really fit within the parameters of the contest. I can only assume that the writing skill and not the story quality is why this story snagged the first nomination.

Frances Bell

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Well done - I enjoyed this exerpt from what is obviously a novel even though it left many questions in my mind about the 'world' and it's 'humans'.

vbnow54

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It was a good start! I am sure it will be an amazing book!

Kjn9

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Sounds great!

doesitmatter

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instantly grabbed my attention. loved the way the subject matter was handled, enough details to picture it, but not too many to make you sick. good character development in such a short time

Reader girl

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Great and engaging story. I wish I could finish it!!

Alyce Wilson

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This feels like part of a longer piece, which it might very well be. There are many unresolved questions: Why is her father so different from her? What is the nature of this war between humans and Fae? Why might she have a special "ability," and why is it deemed so crucial? Even though Fae are immortal, does that mean they also cannot be killed? In order for this piece to stand on its own, at least some of these questions need to be answered.

heartsfull2

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Definitely needs to be finished and published. Captivating & intriguing.

Smileyhappychan

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Wow! This definitely leaves you wanting to know more!

Badgerdood

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I'm very impressed with this short story. Shorts have extremely different requirements than novels and Elizabeth A. Reeves seems to understand exactly how to execute it well. It's pace-y while not being rushed, and instantly gripping. Can't wait to hear more from her!

bookaddict

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This is excellent. Right from the beginning you are taken into this world. Great emotion and descriptions. I only wish there was more!

FriendlyReader

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A great read. Like other reviewers, I can't wait to see what comes next! I appreciated how the story drew me in with it's level of detail and interesting plot. The story was very well written. I hope to see more of her writing in the future, as I really enjoyed this story.

Takeahike

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It was very interesting, I found myself captivated from the very beginning. I'd just like to know what comes next!!!

clamj

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I'm not usually much for science fiction, but I was immediately caught up in this read...and wanted more. Very well written!

Just4Books

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Entertaining and original-- I liked where this story was headed. Would love to see more in the future.

Quinna

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I can not wait until I can read the ending!

Riddles

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Vivid imagery! Very well executed considering the length requirements imposed by the contest rules. The ending leaves the reader begging for more!

LoneWriter

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As always, Elizabeth spins a great story with a full plot and detailed characters. I hope she writes more in this world; I'd be very interested to see where she goes with it in the future.

elfgirl

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Wow! What a wonderful opening. After reading just a couple paragraphs I was pulled into this futuristic world filled with spaceships and magic. The author uses expressive imagery to depict the world that Lani lives in and has well defined characters that have you rooting for them from the start. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of the story!

Book lover

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That was awesome! What a great story! I was hoping for a little more umph in the end but alas...the story can only be so long. This one could have been a novel and I am not sure I could have gotten enough!

Mojo

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Great short story even though I was left hanging at the end!
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