Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review: Mountain Challenge

Mountain Challenge

By:  John Mierau

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Service, Inc.

Publish Date:  March 29, 2011

Format:  eNovella, 32pgs

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  Stand-alone

Recommendation:  If you enjoy short stories that feel as potential legends in the making with a moral feel slipped in.

An old wolf nearing the end of his days climbs a mountain top, and meets an unexpected challenge.  by the light of the full moon, the challenge between Wolf...and Dragon...will be decided.

First Sentence:
An old wolf stands motionless and silent at the foot of a tall, snow-capped mountain.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
Aleyku is an old wolf, now packless and defenseless, journeys his last travels across the land he once ran with his brothers and sisters to come to lay in the cooling snow of the mountain top.  The local animals have all run, panicked  from their land leaving it empty and silent, however he can't scent the predator that drives them away.  As he rises through the passes to the top and the moon calling to him, his path is intercepted and a challenge is extended to an old cunning wolf, by a dragon.

To me this little novella has the feel of a legend tale.  Even a moral slipped in here as well....the cunning knowledge of age verses the power of youth and strength.

This is one of the rare few stories I've read from a wolf's pov.  We get glimpses of Aleyku's life and story as we go.  We see his pain, physical and more, as he encounters the dragon.  Since we are in Aleyku's head, we hear the dragon as he speaks in Aleyku's mind.  Aleyku finds there might be more for him here, or maybe not.

However, being a short tale and from the mind of a wolf and dragon, there were a sentence here and there I found difficult.  I had to read these a few times as there was more than one detail or connection in it and I was a tad confused by it.  In the end, I enjoyed this little tale as it felt like a legend in the making of a wolf and dragon.

I have to say I was curious which way this story would go, wolf or dragon.  Who would win out, if anyone.  I can't tell you which way the story goes.

**I read this novella for my own enjoyment.


Melliane said...

wow Dragons ans wolf? I wonfess the mix is intriguing, never read something like that.

Unknown said...

So it's only a short story? I'm not really into short stories, unless their part of a series. Though I agree with Melliane, never seen a combination of those characters alone.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I think this one would frustrate me. Sounds like an excellent premise that really needed to be a much longer story. I think it's so hard to write the novella, especially a standalone.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melliane, Yep, that's why I had to read it. :) The Dragon and wolf. Sounded like an interesting combination, and was. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Rivie Bleu, yes, a very short story. Was nice to relax with it. I was interested to start this one for the combination of dragon and wolf as well. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) I have to agree with you. :) Thank you!