CSFF Blog Tour:DKA, Day 3—A Review

First, today is the last day to make a comment if you would like your name entered in Mir’s contest. First (and only) prize is a free 5-page fiction critique (or a 1-page poem critique). Remember to mention the contest when you leave your comment.

We had a spirited discussion (love those 😀 ) about the popular term “edgy” in the comments section after yesterday’s post. Thanks to all who voiced an opinion.

One thing I enjoy about blog tours is seeing what other people who look at the same work I do, have to say. It is amazing to see a blogger’s personality come out—rarely do two people comment in the same way or about the same things. Similar, maybe. But believe it or not, we had a couple people use the exact same titles for their blog entries about our feature. I’ll let you ferret out which ones.

I read some interesting reviews yesterday. John Otte comes to mind as one blogger who posted reviews of some of the stories published in Dragons, Knights, and Angels, the web-zine we are currently featuring.

Hoping I won’t come across as too much of a copycat, I decided to do a review as well. I looked for a fantasy story rather than sci-fi or speculative, since that is my particular genre, and settled on “Fang of the Serpent” by Scott M. Sandridge, published in Issue 36.

This story is about a young woman living under a curse that prevents her from feeling. Her powerful enemy entices her to betray her brother in exchange for learning how to bring an end to the curse.

I found the story to be entertaining. There were a number of surprises—all Orcs aren’t bad, for instance.

The protagonist was a strong, skilled woman, a believable character in the Zena-Warrior-Princess mold.

I had a little trouble caring what happened to her, her brother, or the man she helped in the beginning, which generally tells me the characters weren’t particularly engaging. They were three-dimensional, but I didn’t really connect with them.

The plot was fast paced, the action clear and easy to follow, even the fight scenes. I found it to be a little jam-packed in such a short piece.

The theme was not overt, in the sense that the author beat you over the head with it, but it was unmistakable.

Overall, I enjoyed Sandridge’s imaginative world. I can see him succeeding at a novel-length work if he spent more time developing characters that readers will love.

“Fang of the Serpent” is a good read, one I recommend.

I also recommend you take time to check out these other blogs and see what they’re saying today about DKA:

  • Jim Black
  • Jackie Castle
  • Valerie Comer
  • Frank Creed
  • Chris Deanne
  • Kameron M. Franklin
  • Beth Goddard
  • Todd Michael Greene
  • Leathel Grody
  • Karen Hancock
  • Elliot Hanowski
  • Katie Hart
  • Sherrie Hibbs
  • Joleen Howell
  • Jason Joyner
  • Karen and at Karen’s myspace
  • Oliver King
  • Tina Kulesa
  • Lost Genre Guild
  • Kevin Lucia
  • Rachel Marks
  • Shannon McNear
  • Caleb Newell
  • John Otte
  • Cheryl Russel
  • Mirtika Schultz
  • Stuart Stockton
  • Steve Trower
  • Speculative Faith
  • Published in: on November 1, 2006 at 1:09 pm  Comments (6)  


    1. Rebecca, do I go to Mir’s blog to enter the contest? Or do I just tell you?

      Have a great day. Almost have my 1667 words for the day!


    2. Chris D, I’ll enter you. You don’t have to post at my blog. Rebecca simply would have sent me the names of the contestants from her blog. But since I saw this one by you, consider yourself entry number 5. 🙂



    3. Just to make sure…I did hope to be entered in the contest. 0=)


    4. You were entered, Remade. 🙂

      But…Tina Kulesa won. Thanks to all the entrants.



    5. Thanks for the review! 🙂


    6. […] “”Fang of the Serpent” is a good read, one I recommend.” – Rebecca Miller, A Christian Worldview of Fiction […]


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