The Magister is a short fantasy story which is set in a harsh medieval-type world where Lord Redmayne has been killed and riders set forth from the castle in three directions to notify other lords. As with a previous David Cox story I have reviewed, I enjoyed the descriptive and gritty writing style. You really feel drawn into the world he has created.
The main character here is Eamond Greyworm, a rather suspicious-sounding name to me (shades of Tolkein's Wormtongue) for a young knight who has to resort to hard tactics to keep his older minions in check. I like the
Unfortunately The Magister isn't a complete story and fails to tell the reader what happened to the lord or what are the consequences of his death. I found that it ended abruptly just as a new character was introduced. I get the feeling there is more of this story to come, so I'm hoping that perhaps a novella or full novel will result as more is written.
Congratulations to David Cox for luring me in again with his great writing and leaving me begging for more. I reviewed this short story for Writers' Web.