Royal Reviews: On Butterfly Mask (from Concordant Vibrancy)


Greetings! Queen here. In honor of National Short Story month, I am featuring reviews of short stories that I have reviewed. Today, I will be sharing my thoughts on “Butterfly Mask” by Nicola J. McDonagh, one of the stories in the Concordant Vibrancy anthology.


When it comes to “Seeing the Story”, this author is definitely an expert. She can take one scene and magnify it into an impression which mimics qualities of abstract art. I adored how deliberate she was when describing the bond between Rosie and Seth. My heart melted while reading Seth’s antics and reminded me of the behaviors of my own feline.

Emotions ran the gambit between endearing to slight anger at the way Rosie was feeling bulled. However, as things came to an end, I smiled, feeling that justice was served. One should never judge one by the outside: you never know what special treasure can lie beneath.

Royal Verdict: Author, Stand and Take a Bow!
(equivalent to 4 Stars)

Unique characters, care to dialogue, and stunning descriptions make “Butterfly Mask” a great read for me. I definitely recommend.


Poet, short story writer, and aspiring novelist. This blog details my writing journey and everything in between: supporting other writers, doing a feature column and serving as editor-in-chief for All Authors Magazine Online.

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