This is the next story included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology. There’s only one author left to read on the anthology. Luckily, I found a 2017 collection of authors eligible for the 2017 Campbell Award for New Writers. It’s only available until July 17, 2017, so download it today if you’re interested.
Published: June, 2013 on io9, and you can also find it on Amazon
Length: 20 pages
Setting: Vordan, a fantastical, medieval-style city
Summary: Duke Orlanko has received knowledge that a Master Thief is after some of his property. The Duke can’t let anyone show such disrespect, so he brings in some of his special assets. Alex, the thief, thinks she’s safe because she can use magic to help her get around typical precautions. Therefore, she’s quite surprised when one of the individuals trying to capture her also uses magic to negate her magic.
Final thoughts: It’s an interesting story that you think is about the thief, Alex, until she is captured and we focus back on the Duke. He obviously has some long-term plans that are about to come to fruition. Whether those plans are good or bad, the reader isn’t quite sure. I am sure the Duke will profit from whatever plan he has put into play. It’s a nice taste of the world, and if you’re interested there are five books in the Shadow Campaign series to learn more about what the Duke has planned (this is a prequel to the series).
Title comes from: The Penitent Damned is the name of the magic wielder that is working for the church. He has been taken over by a demon, which is why he can wield magic and also why he is damned. He has also “decided” to use his abilities for the glory of the church (there may have been some coercion there), which is where the penitent part of the name comes from.
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