Review: The Black-Eyed Susan


The Black-Eyed Susan by J.A. Clement

3 stars

Synopsis: A short story from the world of the “On Dark Shores” fantasy series.

Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship’s captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.

Bookish Things: 8 pages. The cover is apt and rather delightful. A marked improvement on the original cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78

My Review: 

This is a very short tale about the owner of a cargo ship ‘The Black-Eyed Susan’ who runs into trouble with money lenders.

There’s not a great deal of characterisation to go on, but I feel like a solid story could be made about The Black-Eyed Susan and its crew. Which I’m happy to say is just what J.A. Clement has done. This is book #0.3 of the On Dark Shores series. I have already read On Dark Shores: The Lady (My review).

The emotional impact was missing from this, but I suppose it can be very difficult to pack a punch in a few pages.

If you like your sailor stories, this might be the first taste of something you’ll enjoy devouring.

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Review: On Dark Shores: The Lady


OnDarkShores

ReviewStars-4

Read from August 20 to 23, 2015

Synopsis: Trapped in fear and poverty after the death of her parents, the thief Nereia will go to desperate lengths to protect her beautiful younger sister from the brutality of Copeland the moneylender. No-one has dared to attempt escape before; the whole of Scarlock trembles in his grasp. Only Nereia’s cunning and some unlooked-for help give her hope….

In a country still recovering from war, events are stirring, and the little harbour-town will not remain obscure for long; but in Scarlock, right now, Mr Copeland is coming to call. Continue reading