Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A Pulse Returned by Kristal Shaff
When Askoo kills an old woman to gain her connection to the Good Earth, he is sentenced to die in the caves of the Atkolat. Panno, his adopted brother, risks his father’s trust by freeing him. But little did Panno realize the depravity of Askoo, and how far he would go to gain back his power. Askoo’s murderous rampage threatens not only the lives of peaceful strangers, but the fate and leadership of their tribe. Panno would sacrifce anything to restore balance, but not even he dreamed of how much he’ll have to lose.
A Pulse Returned was a great short story. At first, it was a little confusing with all the different sounding names, but I figured it our easily enough after a few pages. I’m still not 100 percent sure what an Atkolat is. From how the author described them, I think they are a vampire-like creature. The story went along smoothly. Even though it was short, the plot captivated me. I was excited when The Pack found the little girl. I hoped she was going to be in the story a little longer than what she was. I thought the book had a great ending. It was really shocking. I hope that if the author ever writes a sequel about Panno's son, she includes more on the Atkolat culture. I am very excited to read her debut novel, The Emissary, coming out in December of 2013.
I give A Pulse Returned: 3/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.