Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Lily by Xavier Axelson

Lily Title: Lily by Xavier Axelson
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published 28 May, 2014 by Seventh Window
Length: Novella 19,000 words

Rating: 4 Stars
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What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different?

This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn't until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily's that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again.

One day...

But which day and for how long?

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn't felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

Now the question isn't about how much time Pryor will have with Lily, it's about how far he'll go to keep her with him.

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Lily was dragged into the forest by a wolf and became a changeling or werewolf. No one knows what she is except that she isn't human anymore. Lily promised Pryor, her human father, to be home for one day. Ned, Pryor's boyfriend, gives a silver necklace to Pryor to keep Lily at home from the woods. Pryor desperately wants the necklace to work to have his daughter back. 

This story is about a father's love for his daughter. Pryor almost (or did) went insane after Lily was taken. He stopped living in the present until he met Ned. Ned really helps him recover himself and gives him hope that Lily will be home. The story tells the journey Pryor goes through to be able to make the decisions he did at the end of the story and still be proud of himself as a father. 

The paranormal element in the story is mysterious in an abstract way. We never know what exactly is Lily, where is her mother, and who is the wolf that dragged her into the woods. I feel like the story is still too abstract. 

Overall, it's a great short story that explores the depths of a father's love. The mystery of Lily's kidnapping and the anticipation over the silver necklace really grabs my attention. I would recommends this story for those looking for mystery and an out of the ordinary paranormal story. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the kind review :) Glad you enjoyed Lily.