Bounty of the Everdark

When Lorel, a dark elf of the Everdark, overhears a plot to kidnap a human queen for ransom, she's determined to put a stop to the scheme before a war is begun between the races.
 

Synopsis

When Lorel, a dark elf of the Everdark, overhears a plot to kidnap a human queen for ransom, she's determined to put a stop to the scheme before a war is begun between the races.

Lilian Oake has been writing fantasy for over ten years with millions of hits on her most popular story, Nahtaia: A Faery's Tale. When not writing, she's wandering the forests of North Carolina with her better half and fellow fantasy author, or binge-watching her beloved Lord of the Rings trilog

Lorel is a dark elf determined to Do the right thing for her people. So when she overheard a plan to attack the neighboring human queen, she has to do what she can to stop it.

Bounty of the Everdark is a perfectly formed short story. It plunges you straight into a fully realized fantasy world, with multiple races, languages and religions.

There are only a few characters in the piece but Lorel takes the spotlight. Her unswerving devotion to her people leads her to risking her life for a woman she's never met, all for the sake of building a fragile peace between humans and dark elves. She's strong and determined, totally understandable. The other characters are given less attention but none ring false.

The brevity of the story means there is little background given to the world beyond some brief descriptions. Rather than feeling this as something lacking with the story, it made me more curious about the world. The story feels like a window into a small area, with the just enough hints that there's a much greater story (or stories) beyond its edges.

Overall, Bounty of the Everdark is nice little read, well worth both your money and time.