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By Kelly James

TITLE: The Witch, the Hunter, and the Bride.
Author: Bret Jordan


This issue I had the privilege to review Bret Jordan’s novella, The Witch, the Hunter, and the Bride. As a bonus, I asked Jezzy Wolfe to review Graveside Tales’ Fried Fast Foods, Slow Deaths. The folks at literarynymphsreviewsonly.com and reviewer, Mystic Nymph, have graciously allowed me to include their review of Sara Saint John’s new novel, Trust the Night in my column as well. Enjoy.

Bret Jordan is one of the most capable and versatile artists in the business. His stories abound through small press anthologies and magazines. His cover art can be found seemingly everywhere. He even has a FREE serial novel titled PLAGUE at Gravesidetales.com.

The man is that good.

I first discovered Bret’s work at Graveside Tales. I started reading his online novel, PLAGUE, and became an instant fan. He writes mostly horror and fantasy and blends the two like few can (think Robert E. Howard meets Dean Koontz).

That being said, when I heard about THE WITCH, THE HUNTER, and THE BRIDE, I just had to review it.

Jordan manages to blend yet another genre into his writing, erotica. Not the housewife type, mass market stuff that adorns grocery store shelves across the country, but good, classy prose that resonates with emotion. The sex is handled with skill and taste, nothing feels gratuitous or vulgar—which is an accomplishment in itself when dealing with erotica.

The Witch… isn’t a novel. It barely makes the grade as a novella (about 11,000 words), but Jordan’s strong storytelling and vivid imagery linger with the reader far longer than most stories of novel length.

WITCH begins with Monteh (the hunter and protagonist) as he awaits a secret rendezvous with Nagoi (the witch). Nagoi uses her magic to seduce Monteh for mystical and pleasurable purposes.

Unable to resist the witch’s song, Monteh falls victim to the witch’s desires. But once she’s through with him, Monteh is racked with guilt for betraying his wife, Eleysa (obviously, the bride).

Monteh decides to resist the witch’s advances. Not pleased, Nagoi threatens Elesya.

As the story advances, accidents began to occur at Eleysa’s expense. Minor nuisances at first, but growing in severity the longer Monteh resists Nagoi.

Monteh discovers Nagoi has an accomplice when he finds small, raccoon like footprints around the scene of an accident. A gremlin.

The story heats up as Monteh tries to balance his wife’s safety with the weight of his guilt. He understands that the witch and her gremlin won’t stop until he succumbs or Eleysa is dead.

Jordan delivers an ending from leftfield that strikes the reader like a sledgehammer. The Witch, The Hunter, and The Bride is a erotic, fantasy/horror story that’ll leave you wanting more.

Check out Bret Jordan’s fiction and art at www.bretjordan.com.

The Witch, the Hunter, and the Bride
Copyright©2008 Bret Jordan
ISBN: 978-1-60054-229-9
Fairy Tales and Love Songs
Cover art and design by Bret Jordan
Published by Loveyoudivine 2007

www.loveyoudivine.com
www.bretjordan.com



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