Royal Reviews: On Messarii’s Blood Hunt (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 “Messarii’s Blood Hunt” by D. John Watson, one of the stories in the Concordant Vibrancy anthology.


“Messarii’s Blood Hunt” is about one seeking justice for killing a Tal, yet the plot goes a bit deeper when brother and sister encounter each other along the path. I won’t say anymore to avoid giving a spoiler.

While reading this, I felt abruptly placed in the middle of the action. Although the author attempted to give bits and pieces as background, he wasn’t quite successful in providing full clarity in this regard. As someone who doesn’t know a lot about the messarii culture, a little more information would have been helpful as far as a hierarchy and mannerisms.

The action sequences were painted well but I do wish there was a bit more emphasis in regards to dialogue. Certain things I felt should have been said with a bit of “soul” fell flat relative to the dire straits Kai experienced in the early going.

Royal Verdict: Potential Glimmers Here!
(equivalent to 3.5 Stars)



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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