About Borehole Bazaar: A Vow Unbroken
Novel by Kendra Namednil
Borehole Bazaar can be described in terms of its overall plot or in terms of its themes. Thematically, the story chronicles an individual who is placed in an abusive environment and is unable to leave and who is unable to create safety for himself through violence. In terms of plot, a bugbear mercenary brings a smattering of elves, humans and hybrids of the two back to his den for the cubs to play with and potentially eat. Those who survive become pets. Those who do not are delicious.
Because of the nature of the content, it is necessary to forewarn readers that it is, in fact, a very dark story. It is inspired by some personal experiences, as well as experiences shared by close friends and coworkers. This means that some scenes are quite upsetting, even if they are beautifully and accurately described. Also, as this is a tale of abuse, there is a kind of cyclical nature to events.
Dark though our protagonist, Ptielieren (pronounced t̬ɑɪ el ɑɪ eəʳ ɪn)’s adventures are, he does find moments to smile and let down his guard. The tale in its entirety is beautiful, and no beta reader has been unmoved.
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