Title: The Oracle’s Golem (The Oracle #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Mell Eight (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 21, 2015 – 84 pgs
Golem has never known anything but pain. He exists solely to serve the Oracle’s whims and needs. Determined to escape a life of abuse and servitude, he runs away and finds refuge in a cave.
Then one day a child falls asleep in his lap …
Marl isn’t anyone special. He’s low in the Earth Caste, set to watch over the Caste’s problem child, Lichen. In search of the errant Lichen one day, he unexpectedly comes across Golem hiding deep in the mountains. Even more surprising is the reason that Golem is hiding, a reason that forces Marl to make a choice: Oracle or Golem
This wasn’t a bad story at all. It was just vastly different from the others. I would definitely classify this one as paranormal romance while the previous two stories I would classify as fantasy. This story focuses on the relationship of the two men and not on some greater overall plot, which it could easily have done if not designed to be a short story.
I did love the relationship between these two, how they both had their own trials and tribulations to deal with and how the power/helping aspect alternated between the two of them. This is definitely a healing/comfort piece to read. Add in to that the aspect of family, which while though not biological, certainly comes through for an added sense of awww.
I’m not a huge fan of romance, which is why this story compared to the other two was probably not for me. I would have much preferred a story focused on the plot twists that pop up later (trying not to spoil here) as that would have made it a far more interesting piece to me.
When Mell Eight was in high school she wrote a short story for an English class. The assignment was for no more than five pages, yet she had turned in ten and the story wasn’t completed. Her teacher was impressed, but writing stories for fun was her main source of procrastination from homework; handing in an assignment that actually asked her to write fiction was too good to pass up. Since then Mell has continued writing, posting in many online communities for fanfiction and original fiction and eventually branching into slash fiction. She mostly writes paranormal or fantasy stories, but has been seen exploring the real world once or twice.
For more information on Mell’s stories and future writing plans, visit her website.