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In a realm ruled by a God-Queen that has outlawed the study of The Few, a lost civilization that nearly decimated humanity, many are still searching for answers and paying heavy prices for them. After accidentally massacring four students by using the forbidden and misunderstood Fewry, instantly labeling him a heretic, Hagador must travel to The Void, the only safe haven le In a realm ruled by a God-Queen that has outlawed the study of The Few, a lost civilization that nearly decimated humanity, many are still searching for answers and paying heavy prices for them. After accidentally massacring four students by using the forbidden and misunderstood Fewry, instantly labeling him a heretic, Hagador must travel to The Void, the only safe haven left for those who have committed crimes against The Gods. Already an outcast for being an Ovis, a horned and ancient race excluded from the God-Queen’s empire, his journey will not be easy. Ahead of him lays uncertainty. Behind him lays only death.


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In a realm ruled by a God-Queen that has outlawed the study of The Few, a lost civilization that nearly decimated humanity, many are still searching for answers and paying heavy prices for them. After accidentally massacring four students by using the forbidden and misunderstood Fewry, instantly labeling him a heretic, Hagador must travel to The Void, the only safe haven le In a realm ruled by a God-Queen that has outlawed the study of The Few, a lost civilization that nearly decimated humanity, many are still searching for answers and paying heavy prices for them. After accidentally massacring four students by using the forbidden and misunderstood Fewry, instantly labeling him a heretic, Hagador must travel to The Void, the only safe haven left for those who have committed crimes against The Gods. Already an outcast for being an Ovis, a horned and ancient race excluded from the God-Queen’s empire, his journey will not be easy. Ahead of him lays uncertainty. Behind him lays only death.

18 review for The Price: a dark fantasy short story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    I thought this was a really great short story, I do feel as though it could easily turn into a full novel as it hooks you in very quickly so you dont want it to end. The way the author writes immediately makes you feel comfortable with her, it's a easy to read, easy to understand book where it doesn't go on a tangent about things that dont matter to the story. She really is a talented author and I cant wait to read more books by her! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving th I thought this was a really great short story, I do feel as though it could easily turn into a full novel as it hooks you in very quickly so you dont want it to end. The way the author writes immediately makes you feel comfortable with her, it's a easy to read, easy to understand book where it doesn't go on a tangent about things that dont matter to the story. She really is a talented author and I cant wait to read more books by her! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Would you be willing to pay the price for forbidden knowledge? The Price is author Lily Hammer’s riveting Dark Fantasy short set in her The One-Horned Heretic universe, and one that had me hooked from the first page. A concise, self-contained tale of the dangers of unearthing what’s meant to remain hidden, this story packs a surprisingly strong punch. Readers are dropped into a world in motion, but there’s plenty of time to get your feet firmly planted on the ground before the race for answers t Would you be willing to pay the price for forbidden knowledge? The Price is author Lily Hammer’s riveting Dark Fantasy short set in her The One-Horned Heretic universe, and one that had me hooked from the first page. A concise, self-contained tale of the dangers of unearthing what’s meant to remain hidden, this story packs a surprisingly strong punch. Readers are dropped into a world in motion, but there’s plenty of time to get your feet firmly planted on the ground before the race for answers truly begins. Since this book clocks in at 27 pages, I’ll keep my review short and sweet, because this is one that’s better experienced than analyzed. I urge you to give it the attention it deserves. Where this story truly shines is in its worldbuilding. Tiny insights pepper the pages to give readers just a taste of a richly developed world where strange magics of the past leach into the present. The entirety of the narrative takes place in Golgaterrath, city and citadel that houses one of the most prolific academic institutions in the world. Chiseled into a cliff face by ancient technologies lost to time, its dark, winding tunnels keep all sorts of secrets waiting to be discovered under lock and key. The Few, those that came before, were advanced beyond present reach, remaining both infamous and enigmatic. Hammer introduces all these concepts and more organically without information overload, making for smooth immersion into a world dripping with mystery and uncertainty. While this tale introduces us to a small cast, the author is able to beautifully portray the dread and uneasiness that sets the tone for the story at hand. I always appreciate books that allow non-human characters to take center stage, so I really enjoyed Hagador, the first Ovis to gain admission into Golgaterrath for quite some time. After a ritual gone horribly wrong, he finds himself tossing his hopes to the wayside as he flees the opportunity of a lifetime, paying a grisly price. For such a short story, I found myself fully invested in Hagador’s escape, regardless of the horrid crimes he may have committed, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where his journey takes him next. The Price is a brisk and altogether engrossing read that ends too soon. Well written, wonderfully realized, and easily accessible, it’s a story that grips you from the very beginning, refusing to let go even after you’ve turned the final page. It ties up nicely, one chapter closed making way for a new beginning, and I’m excited to see what Hammer has in store for us. If you’re a fan of Dark Fantasy and looking for a quick fix, then I highly suggest you give this a read – I guarantee you’ll be left with a need for more. Note: A huge thank you to the author via BookSirens for a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. –– You can read this review and others at Whispers & Wonder

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah | thebookwormsfeast

    A fantastic little short story - I can't believe I'm so hooked already! I definitely need some more from these characters, and the world intrigues me no end. The dark I was promised is most certainly delivered, and the amount of history thrown in, in such a short space of time, is wonderful! And done in such a way you didn't feel like you were getting bogged down in some world building. Thank you to Book Sirens for the free copy in exchange for an honest review A fantastic little short story - I can't believe I'm so hooked already! I definitely need some more from these characters, and the world intrigues me no end. The dark I was promised is most certainly delivered, and the amount of history thrown in, in such a short space of time, is wonderful! And done in such a way you didn't feel like you were getting bogged down in some world building. Thank you to Book Sirens for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Harishma

    Such an interesting short novel! You might be suprised by the great adventure that awaits you within these 27 magical pages. The world building was spectacular and the way the author wrote was hypnotizing🤩! Hagador, an ovis and an outcast, accidententally kills four of his friends by practising the forbidden Fewry. "Taking a life is not an easy burden to bear, and it will try to define you, but you can’t let it.” If you are looking for a thrilling short novella, I would highly recommend "The Such an interesting short novel! You might be suprised by the great adventure that awaits you within these 27 magical pages. The world building was spectacular and the way the author wrote was hypnotizing🤩! Hagador, an ovis and an outcast, accidententally kills four of his friends by practising the forbidden Fewry. "Taking a life is not an easy burden to bear, and it will try to define you, but you can’t let it.” If you are looking for a thrilling short novella, I would highly recommend "The Price". I can't wait to read more works from Lily Hammer. I'd rate this perfection a five star😍. I received an advance review copy from Booksirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Miller

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily of my honest opinion. I struggled with the first few pages and wasn't sure this was going to be something I was interested in. However, it quickly sank its claws in and I couldn't stop turning the pages. All too quickly, it was over. I can't wait to read more about Hagador... and what he truly paid the Price for. I think with a bit of polishing on the very beginning so it didn't feel so laborsome to begin, this is I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily of my honest opinion. I struggled with the first few pages and wasn't sure this was going to be something I was interested in. However, it quickly sank its claws in and I couldn't stop turning the pages. All too quickly, it was over. I can't wait to read more about Hagador... and what he truly paid the Price for. I think with a bit of polishing on the very beginning so it didn't feel so laborsome to begin, this is easily a 5-Star-worthy short story. I am honestly surprised at how eager I now find myself to read more in this world, despite the initial struggle!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annemarie

    Hagador's Price was high and because of it he has had to flee Golgaterrath or face a slow and painful death. Asakura, his teacher of the forbidden arts, tells him that he must go West to The Void and look for a man named Lars who will help him if Hagador mentions her name. A great introduction to what I think will be a well received Series. Happy reading. Annemarie I received a free ARC through BookSirens and have chosen to leave a review. Hagador's Price was high and because of it he has had to flee Golgaterrath or face a slow and painful death. Asakura, his teacher of the forbidden arts, tells him that he must go West to The Void and look for a man named Lars who will help him if Hagador mentions her name. A great introduction to what I think will be a well received Series. Happy reading. Annemarie I received a free ARC through BookSirens and have chosen to leave a review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janna

    Loved it! I was immediately drawn into this short story. It’s intriguing and I want to learn more about the man character and the history behind the Few! Definitely recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    This short story was over much too soon - there was so much intriguing information introduced that implies the author has some excellent world building skills. It was action packed and tense; the author did an excellent job at conveying a sense of urgency and darkness. I can't wait to read more! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This short story was over much too soon - there was so much intriguing information introduced that implies the author has some excellent world building skills. It was action packed and tense; the author did an excellent job at conveying a sense of urgency and darkness. I can't wait to read more! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessa Forest

    Love the worldbuilding. Love the main character. I want more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    DALIP

    *I Received An Advance Review Copy For Free And I Am Leaving This Review Voluntarily.* As This Happens To Be My First Read From The Author Lily Hammer The Following Review In No Way Reflects Upon The Author Because Had I Read Any Of Her Previous Works Then Perhaps, I May Never Have Picked Up This Title To Read And Review Knowing What To Expect. But Since That Was Not The Case This Review Reflects Upon Just The Price Alone. Nothing More Nothing Less. Just 27 Pages Between The Covers The Price Could *I Received An Advance Review Copy For Free And I Am Leaving This Review Voluntarily.* As This Happens To Be My First Read From The Author Lily Hammer The Following Review In No Way Reflects Upon The Author Because Had I Read Any Of Her Previous Works Then Perhaps, I May Never Have Picked Up This Title To Read And Review Knowing What To Expect. But Since That Was Not The Case This Review Reflects Upon Just The Price Alone. Nothing More Nothing Less. Just 27 Pages Between The Covers The Price Could Have Proven To Be A Taut Edge Of The Seat Read Keeping One Engrossed From Start To Finish Minus Any Distraction But Sadly That Kind Of Excitement Is Missing From The Price Because The Feeling Of Slackness Crept Into The Read Once Lily Hammer Goes Along Early Into The Read Thus Failing To Connect With Me As A Reader First And Reviewer Only Later. It Was This Very Distraction That Made The Interest Wane But The Very Fact That This Short Read Has Been Extended Into A Series Only Reflects That This Could Well Be An Ideal Prologue Serving As An Apt Curtain Raiser To The One Horned Heretic Series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Asel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frank L Pierce

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lily Hammer

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy Adounis

  16. 5 out of 5

    OldBird

  17. 5 out of 5

    A.P. Thayer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

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