The writing style is appropiate to the material, but this does not, in my opinion, seem like a short story. It is more like an outline for a story to be written later, about an old man pondering over ancient warriors. The old man recalls the legend one heroic warrior, Hans Drenden of Lancastershire, who with no weapon but his faith--and apparantly spectacular oratorical skills--faces down the evil forces, causing the devil and his demons to recede "into the darkness and tortures howls of angry frustration."
But it's all "telling" and no showing.
Review of: THRONE OF THE DAMNED
reviewed by mnjones on 10/29/2010
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