The Name of Death

Drada Koehn is a fearless, formidable fighter ensnared in a presaged war against the northern humans. When the Speaker foretells their victory upon discovery of the name of death, she sets out to unravel the mysterious prophecy. Now, bound by duty and honor, Drada faces untold horrors with her companions, searching for what may never be found. In a story of unexpected twists, she soon finds that her resolve to see the quest done will be the fortune or doom of her people.

Synopsis
Drada Koehn is a fearless, formidable fighter ensnared in a presaged war against the northern humans. When the Speaker foretells their victory upon discovery of the name of death, she sets out to unravel the mysterious prophecy. Now, bound by duty and honor, Drada faces untold horrors with her companions, searching for what may never be found. In a story of unexpected twists, she soon finds that her resolve to see the quest done will be the fortune or doom of her people.
Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.

"The Name of Death" is a short horror, sword and sorcery adventure by Joshua Robertson with Winter Bayne as Illustrator.

This Kindle e-book was approximately 40 printed pages and sold for free (normally $0.99) at the time of writing this review.

When two groups of questers, Drada and Wrylyc meet Seigfeld and Farthr by chance, they discover that although their goals are different their destination happens to be the same. So in an attempt to take advantage of the increased numbers, they decide to join forces in this world that is strange, foreboding and unpredictable. But little did they know...

Some thoughts on "The Name of Death"...

1.a) a short, well written short story, The quality of the prose is exceedingly good.
1.b) the tale has a near perfect sense of pace and timing.

2.) atmosphere... dark, spooky with danger around every corner and tree trunk.

3.) characters... despite the short story, there is a surprising amount of character development in these few pages.

Impressions:
A terrific short story that is long on atmosphere, tension and fear. Hard to put down once begun.
Author Joshua Robertson has penned a small gem in the horror-adventure genre with "The Name of Death".

As it is... 5 Stars

Ray Nicholson