A.R. Williams is a science fiction and fantasy writer. His work has appeared in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly - "Demon Song", Three Crow Press - "Duel on Hakkojji Bridge", and Every Day Fiction - "Blossoms Weep, Spiders Fall". He received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest in the 2010 fourth quarter.
Kuwar: The Blessed & The Damnedby A.R. Williams
When Lorna Jassan's daughter is kidnapped, she must return to Kuwar to find her. The twisted city is home to half a million people where danger lurks behind every corner. With time running out, and little hope of finding her daughter alive, Lorna seeks the help of Weslin, a man she never wanted to see
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On the dark streets of Kuwar, only the strong survive.
When Lorna Jassan's daughter is kidnapped, she must return to Kuwar to find her. The twisted city is home to half a million people where danger lurks behind every corner. With time running out, and little hope of finding her daughter alive, Lorna seeks the help of Weslin, a man she never wanted to see again. Reunited once more, they scour the underbelly of a vile society, while Lorna tries to keep a sixteen-year-old secret hidden. But Kuwar has secrets of its own. Will Lorna unravel them before her daughter pays the ultimate price?
Includes extra content: Behind the Scenes, Kuwar, Character Interview, and Cover Evolution.
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I picked this up because the author has always impressed me at Kindleboards with his intelligence and his professionalism. This novelette met my high expectations. The story begins with some fantastic, eerie ambience. It progresses to a well-drawn city, where the setting itself becomes like a character. Then the mystery unfolds as new characters are introduced. We get a sword fight, followed by a great scene that explores a psychic confrontation. And this leads to a haunting ending that is appropriate to the tone of the entire piece. Though I loved the story's pacing, I would've liked a little more fleshing out of the major characters, though that's more of a nit-pick than a real criticism. Williams' characters are distinctive and interesting. One other possible nit is that while the major character is some sort of paladin who serves a goddess (though that paladin element is in the background of this story), that aspect of the character doesn't ultimately play a major role. After reading this, I'd love to read a longer work from this author. My sense is that he'd do an amazing job with a larger story. I found no major element of this story lacking, and the author did a great job with the elements of suspense, mystery, pacing, and setting. I'm really looking forward to more from him.