Tales from the Archives, Vol. 3: #4
By: Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Written by: Sandra Wickham
Narrated by: K.T. Bryski
Format: Podcast, 48:22 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Series: 4th in Tales of the Archives Vol. 3 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series
Recommendation: Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising. The archives are full of stories to be told.
Agent Cora Thorton finds herself in the forests of Canada, land she knows well as it was where she grew up in before joining the Ministry. Paired up with a junior agent, Cora steps into a rivalry between two lumber barons and the mystery surrounding six men disappearing in the dense forests, never to e seen again. The deeper Cora digs into this mystery, the more blurred lines become between reality and the superstitions of the working class.
My Thoughts and Summary:
Agent Cora Thorton meets the junior Agent sent to help her at the bar full of lumberjacks. One man stops in the middle of them all asking if anyone saw his friend, verbally saying he hopes he hasn't fallen to the same troubles the six other missing men had. Cora is here to by way of the agency to investigate what is happening here where two lumber business families have been at battle for years.
Cora is quick at getting to work and stopping by both the lumber business families homes to do interviews. When she suspects that the families are telling the truth she heads back to the bar, coming to the same man that had asked of his friend. She learns of ties that run deep and cross lines with the families and a lumberjack.
This story tells of water spirits. And they are not the nice pleasant kind. Wow. When going to the woods, I felt the mystery growing. I was curious of the water spirits and who would be behind this with the men.
We get quick action. There are shoots fired and back to talk to one family member. Then we end with a fight. Yes! Action! We do have a sad moment, but I really liked this ending with Shawn.
Nice tale with a folk lore blend.
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I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.