‘The Penitent Damned’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 97/200


Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs by Barbara Mertz, Elizabeth Peters

eBook Edition

Finished on 6/17/2018



Alex is a master thief, with dark magic to give her an edge. When she goes up against Duke Orlanko’s Concordat secret police, though, she may have taken on more than she bargained for…

This is a prequel short story to The Thousand Names. It was released for free on io9 — http://io9.com/the-coolest-fantasy-st… — and is also available on the Kindle Store.

Genres: Fantasy, Short Story, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Adventure, Crime

A Heist Goes Horribly Wrong

Spoiler-ific review

A short review for a short story.

Alex the sorceress is hired to steal some papers back from the secret police of Vordan but the secret police would rather she not, thanks all the same. The police enlist the aid of the Black Priests, demonic priests who damn their own souls in the name of the greater good, in order to counteract Alex’s magic.

I thought this story was pretty good. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I’d recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the series.

Stay Sunny!


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