Thomas is a short story based on one of the most beloved characters from Book One of The Sin Collector Series.
“Thomas has taken vows. As an immortal, he is impervious to harm on the battlefield. As a Collector, he alone can take away the sins of the fallen and allow them to move peacefully into the next life.
But valor never comes without sacrifice.
Far away from combat is his home, and her name is Lucy. Lucy is a human and frail from the explosion that nearly took her life, but Thomas’s duty pulls him from her before she can recover. His letters are his only connection to her, and to her caretaker, Thomas’s best friend Emmilina.”
Every character is a person, and they have led entire lives before the main story even begins. This is the history of Thomas.
Earlier in the year I read Jessica Fortunato’s debut novel The Sin Collector, book one in her Sin Collector Trilogy. The book was a refreshing take on the paranormal in the sense that Fortunato dug up a little known (at least to me) mythical being sometimes known as a Sin-Eater or Collector. That alone had me had me wanting to read the book, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Not too long after the author allowed the fans to choose which character from the book they’d like to read as the star of a short story. Thomas won with flying colors. There was a good amount of intrigue into his past that I wanted his story to be told as well. This short story is the product of that voting process.
Fortunato’s writing style comes through in Thomas just as much as it did in her longer debut novel. This was great to see because sometimes an author can’t translate their normal style to the shorter form of a short story. The mechanics are just different, but that doesn’t seem to have gotten in Fortunato’s way.
The pace was fast, which is one of the things I loved about The Sin Collector. Also, while it’s easy to speed through, the it doesn’t let you breeze over the words. Some fast paced stories can easily be read and forgotten. With Thomas there is nothing lost along the way. The pace just helps the reader gain the information that they long for; Thomas’s history.
Did I like Thomas’s character even more after knowing where he came from and what he was doing long before what we know from Book 1? Affirmative! He was already one of my favorite characters, but this story was essential to locking him in as one of my favorite characters. Was his story all that I had been waiting for? Affirmative; it was satisfying and more. I had no idea what I was going to be reading since I didn’t have much to work with. He was very mysterious. What takes place in this story reveals all that was needed to be known…but then it leaves some more questions after it’s done.
I can’t get into the questions that arise. I’m pretty sure I have the answers, but you’ll need to read this story for yourself. I refuse to spoil anything about Thomas. I will say one things though, please read The Sin Collector before you read The Sin Collector Thomas.
Book 1, The Sin Collector can be purchased on Amazon. The Sin Collector: Thomas is
not available until July 20th available now from Amazon, so you still have some time to read the first book in the trilogy before Thomas is released.
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