The Rakam by Karpov Kinrade

Posted May 4, 2016 by Minx

The Rakam by Karpov Kinrade The Rakam (The Shattered Islands, #1) by Karpov Kinrade
Series: The Shattered Islands #1
Also by this author: Vampire Girl
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Daring Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Pages: 84
ISBN: 1517433746
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

I have seen a fallen ship once, heard the bone chill screams and swam in the blood red water. I have fought the rakam and lived. I have loved a woman and lost her to the waves. I have seen the black kiasheen.

Now, I am on a ship I do not recognize with people I do not call friend. They ask me who I am. I tell them little…

For I am here for them.

I must find their secrets. I must speak to the woman with the blue eyes. When I am finished, perhaps I will tell them who I am, for they have heard my story, and they think they know the end.

They are wrong.
This is only the start.
And tonight, I begin.


I will admit I was a little lost in the beginning of this short novella. There was no backstory; you are just there, on the ship with “Sev,” the main character of this story. He is a dark and mysterious passenger who bought his passage on a whale-ship because he knows it will bring him to the ship he is truly after.

A recluse, “Sev” appears to make everyone including the captain nervous because he stays aloof. He covers his hair and hands so that they will not truly know what he is, that is until he is ready for them to truly comprehend how dangerous he really is. That time is coming.

When “Sev’s” ship comes under attack by the Rakam, their ship is badly damaged and in dire need of repairs. Luckily, another ship happens to be passing through and sees that they are in distress and offers their assistance. How wonderful right?

Things are not always what they seem and therein lays the plot twist. “Sev” is in truth Dak’Ra, a very powerful being, and with the help of his Drakruu (think Dragon 😬, heck yeahh!) are about to bring it! I cannot spoil things and tell you why, read the story, it is worth it.

I will say that I did truly enjoy this short story. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. I need to know if Dak’Ra finds what he seeks. Nice novella.

About Karpov Kinrade

Author Karpov Kinrade

Karpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning authors Lux Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov.

Together, they write fantasy and science fiction.

Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in Vampire GirlThe Nightfall Chronicles, Shattered Islands and The Forbidden Trilogy.

They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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