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Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite
In the short story Modrad's Surrender by Kevin Hopson, we are reacquainted with Modrad the Dwarf. Following years of exile, he has returned to his home, Vagrom. It should be a happy ending, right? But community leader Duzmeam Wraithshield's oppressive distrust rankles our hero and, on top of that, Wraithshield doesn't even know that Modrad bargained his return with a stolen gem and its real owner may have a bone or two to pick. When Modrad hears that a nearby disaster could have far-reaching implications for his own community, he has a difficult decision to make. The title tale is paired with a short-short, The Flying Exterminator. The eBook also includes a series of concept drawings, which is a nice touch.
The pensive, somewhat doom-laden Modrad of this installment reminded me a little of favorite characters from other fantasy worlds I have enjoyed, such as Elric of Melnibone and Flint Fireforge of Dragonlance. He's a solid, honorable hero, a man of action, but his compassion keeps him grounded to what's worth fighting for. He functions well as a viewpoint character and remains believable and sympathetic throughout. There are several loose threads, though, which I do hope will be addressed in future episodes of the Vagrom saga - and may there be many more of those. I really liked the Vagrom logo, by the way. It is well designed to appeal to epic fantasy fans like myself. Both stories are told in tight, readable prose with just a dash of humor, making them all the more entertaining. Modrad's Surrender by Kevin Hopson is part of a series of stories. It can be read as a standalone, without losing any of its charm.