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When children begin vanishing in Paris, Supernatural Intelligence Alliance Deputy Commissioner Bliebtreu calls on Otto Schneider for help, as his forces are stretched too thinly at the moment. When Otto arrives and speaks with the parents of the most recently kidnapped child, Jean Dejardin, he realizes that a creature thought extinct for millennia — killed by the immortals, because even demons couldn’t tolerate their evil — has one existent member: the whyker.
Early on, he spots a supernatural with his second sight and prepares to attack — as does the creature — only to discover, to his great relief, that it’s his old friend Zachary, the smart-aleck werewolf. Using the latter’s new tool — the Shield of God, given to him by a priest in Croatia — the duo quickly locate the whyker, which is headed down the Seine toward Notre Dame, which was built on one of the strongest and most ancient of ley lines in Europe (this story takes place in 2014, so Our Lady is still intact), but emerges to attack its two foes on the streets, astounding Otto with its appearance:
It was nothing short of an abomination … five times my size, maybe three metres high and four metres long, and it resembled a scorpion … with a spider’s head. Its body looked like chitinous plates, a hard exoskeleton … Multiple eyes stared at me … Its voice came to me without the need [to] form words, the sounds arriving in my head unbidden and in my own language
As the whyker throws barbs and hellfire, Otto and Zachary are able to hold it back, but its shifting powers and seemingly impenetrable shell allow it to kill and wreak havoc on Parisian passersby, so Otto resorts to a tactic he hates: he purposely lets the whyker see him rescue four-year-old Jean in order to lure the beast into a trap. Will the wizard and the werewolf succeed in killing the creature and returning the little boy to his parents?
This free short story not only spotlights Otto and Zachary, the first two characters of the Realm of False Gods series, but the humor-tinged connection that binds the friends as they work diligently to defeat the supernatural evils preying on mankind. It’s an excellent series sampler and bridges the narrative gap to Anastasia Aaronson, a British soldier whose battle injuries grant her unbelievable powers.
When children begin to vanish in Paris, the Supernatural Investigation Bureau sends a powerful wizard to investigate. It doesn’t take him long to confirm his sneaking suspicion … … he’s got a real problem ahead. He’s about to face an ancient creature so twisted and evil even the demons fear it. But he’s not the only person on the hunt. His old ally the werewolf is here too. Between them, they pack quite the magical punch … … it’s enough to make their opponent laugh. Grab this magical short story and start your journey into the Realm of False Gods today. A new full-length book every two weeks.
This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and action with wonderful world building that adds so much to the story. Can't wait to read more of these. Recommend reading.
I loved this little introduction into the world of the fallen gods. Raise the curtains and meet Otto, a wizard and Zachary, a werewolf. The story centres on a battle scene, with the slightly witty or snarky werewolf aiding the more serious, and slightly less hairy wizard. I found I was enjoying these characters wanting them to win against the hideous child-stealing demon. I would highly recommend this to give you a taste of the realm and the characters Mr Higgs is establishing.
Loved this, I read before I read Ottos first book and that was what started me on the series. I read it again today and it made much more sense. The series is awesome, give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
This is a short story that introduces two characters in the series. Otto the wizard and Zachary the werewolf. The story was awesome and the only thing that I found wrong about it was that it ended. I wanted more.
I volunteered an honest review in exchange for an ARC copy of this book.
A fast moving action packed storyline. Lots of spell casting and bulk strength to overcome evil monster that's stealing and feeding on children. This is a short and very quickly moving story. Am so excited to see the beginning of this series. Now go get to reading.
This is a short story set in the Realm of False Gods series. A few laughs and some dark moments. I highly recommend this story and series. I'm on my way to get the next in the series. Great book for paranormal fans.