Feature book: Pool of Rathorne
Pool of Rathorne by Cheryse Durrant
It is a matter of life and death. Tash has the bleeding lesions and she should be arrested and placed in the sanatorium. The spell will help hide the lesions temporarily but any distraction from her will break the spell. Then he enters her carriage, and she is distracted. The guards try to arrest her but he claims to be the secret police escorting her to the sanatorium. Then she finds herself escaping the train with the man called Romas. Through many alleys and lanes, she is taken to their hideaway and finds out there are others who are part of the rebellion. Tash just wants to get to the pool of Rathorne as she has heard she can be cured by bathing in the waters.
Romas explains about the legend and the professor locked up in the tower. Romas is part of the group wanting to rescue the professor to fulfil the prophecy. It is only after the long trip to the pool that Tash and Romas discover who is the real prophet.
This is a short story of 46 pages. While the story is short, the sense of desperation of both Tash and Romas comes through to the reader. The close provides a satisfactory ending. There is part of me that would like to see this as a fuller story or story.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.