Mainstream Romance: Urban Fantasy, Interracial/Multicultural
Cover Artist: Shirin Nicole
Editor: Emmy Ellis
Word Count: 15,540
Release Date: June 04, 2009
I have three nits to pick with Shirin Dubbin’s funny and charming urban fantasy. One, after seeing Cold Comfort Farm a million and two times, I can never take the word “orbs” seriously. But that’s just me. Two — which has nothing to do with Dubbin — I didn’t like Red Rose Press asking me for my birth date and phone number before I could purchase the book. But that really wasn’t a problem, as I just made some numbers up, ha, and then bought the book through PayPal quite easily.
My third nit is serious: This novella was too short! And I don’t mean it was overpriced. I was satisfied with the value. 15K words is short, but $2.99 is barely the equivalent of a decent latte. And there is no fluff here. The story is dense, packed with action and solid description that kept me in all the scenes. Except when I saw “orbs.”
And that’s the problem as well as the virtue in Keeper of the Way. There are great characters and wonderful ideas in this world, and the story is strong enough to justify a novel’s length. Too many concepts are presented in a sentence — or a sentence fragment — that I would love to see develop over chapters.
I will definitely be looking for more of Shirin Dubbin’s work.