Michelle Renee

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A darkly humorous, satirical play on the ‘damsel in distress’ cliché

After reading this story, I was surprised to find such a negative review. I don't often write reviews, but I am compelled to do so now. The reviewer below seems to of had ill-conceived expectations of this short story. The tone of Ethereal Princess may it clear from the get-go that this was never meant to be an epic high fantasy but rather a darkly humorous, satirical play on the ‘damsel in distress’ cliché and I think the author pulled it off quite well!

This story reminds me a bit of a Monty Python quest. It’s probably the most experimental submission on the list as most seem to take themselves quite seriously. True, it's a funny story, but with a sincere heart. I really liked the underlying themes. What you see is not always what you get; the strength of a woman should not be underestimated. Ethereal Princess is written well, grammatically and otherwise. The story is fluid. I never found myself getting bored. I laughed a lot as I suspect my fellow voters did. It was refreshing. Good job! *****

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An Engaging Blend of Fantasy and Mystery Fiction

I really enjoyed this excerpt. The story is an engaging blend of fantasy and mystery fiction. The author really touches on so many elements of the human condition in such a unique and creative way. Guilt, revenge, regret, redemption, even a touch of romance...it's all there. The characters are intriguing and I'm hoping to learn more about them as the story continues! I love that the hero in the story, Irulen, is so flawed, I found myself yelling at him sometimes and rooting for him at others. Easy read as your other work, I'm keeping an eye on this author!

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