Five Charming Stars for this precious little story. I would sit by the fire to listen to Tarin spin a tale anytime even in the freezing cold winter.
Frankly I couldn't get enough of Tarin. He is such a joy to read about and there is never a dull moment with him around. He is a nice person but not without flaws, sometimes he did try to be selfish and a little mean. That makes him all the more believable as a person.
This Out of the Woods side story is essentially a prequel sharing the events prior to Tarin and his protector's capture. We would get to learn about how Tarin and the other woodland boys survives in the wild and endure the harsh winter. It was nice to get some of the Out of the Woods backstory.
Tarin is such a talented storyteller. His fireside scary story about the lonesome Lady Night Boy had me hanging on to his words as much as the other boys did. It was indeed the highlight of the book. I was grinning ear-to-ear listening to him scaring the bejesus out of the little ones.
I loved that the author respects her readers intellect, she does not spoon feed us all the answers but lay out the clues nicely for her readers to make the final connection. Another plus point of reading her work is the originality of her premise and plot. She is highly imaginative and creative. Therefore her stories are always engaging.
I would strongly advise readers to at least read Out of the Woods
Publication Date: October 21st, 2011
Publisher: Torquere Press
Type: Short Story, 6,562 words (approximate)
Genre: Post-apocalypse and Dystopian M/M Fiction, Science Fiction-Futuristic
Main Characters: Tarin (a young woodland boy), Mart (Tarin's former protector in the woods), Cory (a woodland boy under Tarin's protection)
Tags/Keywords: Post-apocalypse, Dystopian, Patriarchal society, Matriarch, Totalitarian, Same Sex Relationships, Gay, Feral Child, Wild boys
On nights with big moons, Lady Night Boys look for life…
Wild boy Tarin is only telling a fireside story, but, like all his best intentions, it goes awry. He's survived this year's boy hunt, but now he must learn to protect the younger boys. Proud of his new role, he only meant to scare the boys a little bit with his stories of the undead boys from the maw, but now they're coming true. The hunger, cold, and wild dogs can be struggled against, but how will the woodland boys face a Lady Night Boy?
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* Reviewed on April 17th, 2014