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The Collector of Lost Things

by Jessica A. McMinn

SFINCS FINALIST 2024
"...a quiet, yet powerful story of love, grief, power and hunger." — The Literary Apothecary

Blind Those Who See…

Rei-Hai Shaw is a Collector, and he is very good.

At just thirteen years old, Rei became the youngest recruit ever to join the ranks of the Tower, the shadowy organisation that oversees the fulfilment of Whyt’hallen’s darkest requests.

Favoured by the masters but distrusted by his peers, Rei comes to learn the price of his accolades when the Tower demands more than the simple procurement of trinkets.

They want him to steal lives, too.

When his latest missions thrusts him back into the world of his childhood, Rei is painfully reminded of all he left behind—and what he can’t bear to lose again.

Includes additional short story, The King & His Shadow.

SFINCS – Our Reviews

Laura from OWWR Pod

A prodigy, Rei is the youngest person to join the Tower to complete its missions and move up through the ranks. However, his latest task will have him face his past and those that he thought were lost.
Emotion flows through the characters and the writing in this wonderful novella. It was so easy to immerse myself in the story and world. I found the pacing to be perfect and enjoyed how the author built the morally-gray characters, history, and setting.
The inclusion of queer relationships/characters was also greatly appreciated and well written. I would really enjoy returning to this world and the character or Rei in the future.

SFINCS Score: 7 out of possible 10.

Catherine Catcho

I appreciate when novellas can surprise and delight you.

What I Liked:

  • Really interesting character build- while hinting at pretty interesting world building.
  • The pacing made this a quick page turner.

Minor Tiffs:

  • I wanted a little less romance and more banter.

Favorite Line:

‘Loyal obedience brought you an early death,’ Rei said, standing over the corpse. ‘I wonder what fate awaits me, then? A torturously long life?’

Recommended:

  • When you want banter that stings.
  • After you read the trigger warnings… I’m unsure if I’d make it “general fantasy” recommendation. But if you can handle darker undertones, it’s TBR worthy.

SFINCS Score: 7 out of possible 10.

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 7 OUT OF 10

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