Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Short Story Review: Fire Driven by Tracy Palmer

“Terrwyn... Terrwyn? Come to me, my love. You must come now!”

When the Goddess Brighid calls upon her favorite mortal, who is Terrwyn to not obey? Leaving behind everything she has ever known, she travels from her homeland to the Emerald Isle of Eire, where the Tuatha de Danan and the newly arrived Christian religion fight for dominance.

Terrwyn’s feelings and beliefs, which are deemed wrong and considered evil by the invading authorities, take her on a quest for understanding and true love. In the face of discrimination, condemnation, and violence, can she hold tight to her faith long enough to prove her loyalty to Brighid?

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About the Author

Tracy Palmer (1971-????) was destined from conception to have an interesting life. After all, only the unusual can attract someone that was conceived in Peculiar, MO. Tracy was obsessively involved in music, acting, and writing since she was first introduced to them in elementary school and she spent most of her scholastic life devoted to each one of the three. A young Ms. Palmer spent a majority of her childhood shuttling back and forth between her parents at the Lake of the Ozarks and Cedar Rapids, IA. After a family tragedy at the end of her Junior year in high school, Tracy left school and served a brief stint in the US Army. Upon leaving the military, Tracy then settled in southern Missouri. She has worked in several professions (accounting, retail, call centers... all mostly IT related) and is now seeking a degree in Mass Media with a double minor in Psychology and Screenwriting (she is also completing an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree).

The backbone and beginning of Tracy’s path towards the entertainment industry includes her first printed novel: Tribrid (first published as trIIIbrid). She is also a contributing writer for the post apocalyptic zombie game "Survivor Z". Along with ongoing contributions to the Survivor Z app, Tracy is currently involved in writing the sequel to Tribrid (My Father's Daughter), "The Rage Within" (a graphic novel based on the Tribrid series), "Fire Driven" (a short story going to print late summer 2013), and an original screenplay titled "Dream Weaver". Ms. Palmer is a production assistant for the upcoming movie "The Dead Reckoning" and other future films from the House of Grimm. The world can look forward to several more exciting things from this multi-faceted individual as she dons many more hats in the film and print industries.

My Thoughts

Terrwyn is called to service by the Goddess Brighid. She answers willingly, but her path to the temple is not an easy one. She disguises herself as a boy for part of her travels and walks so far she wears the skin away from the heels of her feet. Eventually she enlists the help of a sweet old matron who turns out to have once been a sister of the flames herself. Even if Terrwyn overcomes all the obstacles in her path, once she arrives at the temple she'll have to face the members of the new religion who want to wipe the old ways from the world completely.

Fire Driven is a beautifully written short story of one woman's strength and faith. Terrwyn lets nothing deter her from serving the Goddess she adores and who is her lover as well as her mistress. The stunning word building makes this a quick read with tons of action, a little romance, and a lot of magic.


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