One Who Waits — John Robin

When I started writ­ing reviews for Ink­shares, I made a daily habit of perus­ing the site for appeal­ing projects. Among the projects I found inter­est­ing was Blood Dawn, by John Robin. An epic fan­tasy with hints of hor­ror and and what appears to be a moun­tain of world build­ing behind it.

Through var­i­ous mech­a­nisms, John has quickly gone from author-whose-book-I-preordered, to collaborator-and-group-mentor to the Ink­shares com­mu­nity at large, to co-blogger, and finally to part-time employer. In that time, I’ve exchanged a sub­stan­tial num­ber of typed words with John, and I say, con­fi­dently, that he is the gen­uine arti­cle. He can write, he cares deeply about the craft and com­mu­nity, and is inspired by the shift­ing world of pub­lish­ing. He’s a go-getter, and when it comes time to put my own self-marketing hat back on, I’ll be going to him for some pro tips.

Now, on to One Who Waits.

One Who Waits is a short story that acts as a pre­lude to John Robin’s afore­men­tioned forth­com­ing debut novel, Blood Dawn.

The world of Blood Dawn goes deep, and One Who Waits pro­vides the barest, tan­ta­liz­ing glimpse of the dark­ness that lurks behind the cover of the novel. Blood magic, drag­ons, betrayal, mur­der, patricide — and that’s just in the short story!

In One Who Waits we find a twisted retelling of the Bind­ing of Isaac, wherein a boy, too curi­ous for his own good, awaits the bite of a mag­i­cal blade held firmly in his father’s hand. Things get a bit out of hand when, as the knife begins to drink the boy’s blood, his magic awakens.

The short story has just enough expo­si­tion to attract your inter­est before slam­ming you into action, build­ing the world and char­ac­ters along­side the bud­ding con­flict. I raced through the short and, com­pletely sat­is­fied by the scene’s con­clu­sion, gnashed my teeth at the wait for Blood Dawn which was made to feel that much longer by the teaser of One Who Waits.

If One Who Waits is any indi­ca­tion, I’m going to gob­ble up Blood Dawn with a fero­cious appetite. John Robin’s writ­ing skills shine in this short, and I’m already hun­gry for more.

One Who Waits can be purchased on Amazon.

Blood Dawn, which will head into its pub­li­ca­tion phase in April, is avail­able for pre­order on Ink­shares.

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