Worth a Look: “The Silent Blade: A Seven Virtues Novella” by Jacob Peppers

“The Downs, the poor district of the city of Avarest, is home to cutthroats and thieves, pickpockets and prostitutes, all of whom pay tribute to one of two powerful crime bosses. It is also home to Aaron Envelar, a disillusioned sellsword known as the Silent Blade, who cares nothing for the criminal overlords or their schemes, who only wants to survive and make a little coin in the process.
But when a group of unwitting thugs steal his mother’s necklace, the only link he has to his murdered parents, Aaron decides that sometimes gold isn’t enough—sometimes, blood is the only payment worth taking. And whatever else will come, this time, he will not be silent. After all, when you take everything from a man, what else does he have to lose?”

A very cool dark fantasy in the vein of a spaghetti western from 2017. Revenge, revenge, revenge. The story is short and basic, but well-developed with few places for the reader to catch their breath. The pacing is great, the conflicts are solid, and the action pieces are coherent. It is the perfect length for a rainy night’s read. The resolution closes out the story arc in a satisfactory manner, while still leaving the reader wanting to invest further time in this potentially rich world.
I have never read anything by Peppers before, but am eager to read further adventures in the Downs.

The Silent Blade: A Seven Virtues Novella

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