Unusually, I won something!
Tower of Chaos Press ran a twitter competition for their first publication, Ships of the Aleph by Jaine Fenn, and I won!
And then I won again because it’s a rather good novella (novellette? not sure of the formal classification as I don’t have a word count).
Lachin lives in a small fishing village on the coast, but he yearns for greater things. He reads, studies and dreams of eventually travelling to the city of Omphalos and the University there. But it is not to be.
Instead, the Duke comes to Lachin’s village with plans to build a great ship that can sail out of the bay, crossing the Current and exploring what lies beyond. Lachin seizes his chance to see more of the world and joins the Duke, only to find that their expedition is doomed as, beyond the Current, they sail off the edge of the world.
But it doesn’t end there. In fact, this is only the beginning, as Lachin wakes to a village that is both the same and oddly different from his home. What he then gradually learns gives him an entirely new perspective on his world and all that has come before.
This story is in the classic mode of learning the world, and a very interesting world it is. Lachin’s learning and explorations gradually expands what he, and the reader, know. His expectations and ambitions also change and grow as he works against the confines of the limited world he finds himself in, until, having grown in knowledge, curiosity and understanding, he leaps beyond what he is comfortable with and finds that he is part of something far, far bigger.
I’m not going to give any of the bigger picture away, as discovering that is one of the joys of this story. Suffice it to say that it is very different from what the young Lachin expected when he joined the Duke’s voyage.
Ships of the Aleph is available as an ebook from Tower of Chaos Press.