Publisher: Raven Queen Publications
Source: Copy provided by author for honest review
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You can't escape Fate....
A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate--a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he answer thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?
House of Cards is a short story taking place during France's Reign of Terror, where a man trying to escape execution finds himself trapped instead by horrific demons.
The story's strongest point is probably its imagery. I was able to easily make a mental picture of the creepy demons and scenery, but there wasn't so much description that it bogged down the story. The actual plot felt like something you would see in a classical myth, where the hero has to face riddles and challenges from demons using nothing but what he knows. I thought it gave the story sort of a timelessness, like it could be much older than it actually is, which I liked.
The story moves along quickly, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you prefer in a story. On one hand, there's no point where the story starts to drag, so it's easy to get through and it feels like a quick read all the way through. On the other hand, I thought that it could have benefited from slowing down a bit to build more suspense. The new events and revelations come so fast that there isn't much time to wonder about what's going on or what something means before you find out. Still, House of Cards was a quick, fun, and creepy read. I recommend it.