House of Cardsby Juli D. Revezzo
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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?
Meet the Author
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world--slightly askew. She has been published in short form, and recently released her debut novel.
She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network.
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t’s amazing how rare it is to find a short story with a rich atmosphere, three dimensional characters, and a proper ending. House of Cards exceeded my expectations for what a short story should offer. Sinjor is fleeing Paris in a stagecoach (I think that’s the right name for the vehicle) but not fast enough. He is caught in route by something and he must tread carefully to figure out how to survive this encounter. Sinjon’s indecision and often inaptitude in figuring out the quests is a refreshing take on the typical fantasy hero, who always figures out the task. It’s good to see the hero fail, although Sinjon might not have liked the consequences. House of Cards is borderline horror. It’s dark fantasy that never quite crosses into scary, although there are several gruesome descriptions and a steady, suspenseful pace. As far as short stories goes, this one has it all. (A)
Set in the time of the Terror that gripped France, we meet our hero of this short story as he's fleeing for family in England and, presumably, safety. Before he has a chance to get away, he's sucked in to secrets about his family's past that goes beyond mere unfortunate political connections. What promises have been made that are now to be collected? What tricks have been laid to trap Sinjon? Will he be able to gather his wits enough to escape this trap? I thoroughly enjoyed this story; a nice offering to whet your whistle while awaiting her next book release. The story is a tad on the dark side -- and better for it. I've missed stories in which demons are scary and to be dreaded. I'm glad to see them coming back into the light -- er, so to speak.
This short story was a great read. It packed a solid punch and moved rapidly, but not so much you got lost in the rush. It was just right. It reminded me of Dante's Inferno in the fact it was different levels of hell but were riddles instead. Imagine having to move through the afterlife with just your wits about you. If you went mad, you'd be screwed. However this story also had some special meaning hidden within, in the form of Tarot cards. How you read the Tarot depends entirely on you and your knowledge of the craft. Not everyone listens to their instincts when it comes to reading Tarot. You simply cannot just glance at the image and judge the card by that image. Deeper meanings abound. So while you read this twisted tale, learn the lesson it tries to teach. And not just the one about avoiding graveyards after dark.
This story is set during the French revolution, when anyone of royal blood found themselves arbitrarily dragged to the guillotine. Sinjon's parents put him in a carriage, hoping he will escape France. Angry peasants are not the only thing after Sinjon, however. He finds himself sucked into a trial of the supernatural kind. If he loses, he will become the bridegroom to a woman who makes the Crypt Keeper look cute.I thought House of Cards was really rich in description and imagery. Revezzo has a knack with the supernatural, and I enjoyed this short story very much. Well researched and thought-provoking, House of Cards is a very satisfying read. Recommended!