The Gauntlet is a Kit Marlowe short from The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 and a companion piece to The Queen’s Witch.
The story is available for free on Karen Chance’s website.
The Gauntlet is a Kit Marlowe short, chronologically the first novella in the Cassandra Palmer series.
Kit Marlowe, as a not-too-old vampire is bestowed an extra deal of power, elevating him to a master’s rank, in order to help his mistress, and save the Queen. He is in sore need of a red-haired witch to complete a mission, so he goes to the prison to find one. Freeing Gillian from her ties, chaos erupts, and all of the witches are trying to get free. During their way out of there, Gillian is gifted with an extraordinary power herself that is finally manifested, and they manage to flee.
The Gauntlet actually is the story of their elongated escape, with fight scenes, and the history of the appearance of the Silver and the Black Circle in England.
Sometimes I wondered how they managed to have such long conversations in the middle of a fight, or under attack. The plot could have been constructed more precisely, while still providing the intended information to the readers.
Besides that, it has some funny moments, and Marlowe is really charming. Pity, it is really short.
A rain of arrows shot by. One of them grazed Kit’s arm, leaving a stinging track across his skin, while another buried itself in the wood between his spread legs. He stared at it wildly – there were certain things he was not willing to sacrifice for queen and country…
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