Review: Branding of a Heretic


Branding of a Heretic Branding of a Heretic by Kal S. Davian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this story more than I expected. Although I knew it was fantasy, I read through the first couple of pages and liked the draw of the prose. Yes, characters have wings and tails and furry ears and the story is set in a made up, fantastical world. However, it is a very human story that stays true to the plot. The plot itself is a simple retelling of Galileo’s downfall. The heroine makes a groundbreaking discovery, excitedly shops it around to her fellow scholars, challenges the powers that be to consider its legitimacy, and is ultimately (hope I’m not giving anything away here) branded a heretic. Having said that, I’m afraid I can’t very well praise its originality, but nonetheless, the author kept the story on point and re-delivered that simple, all too human lesson: that power is an enemy of truth.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.