Welcome back for my review of episode 8 in the Shadow Stalker Series. I’m a fan of serialised fiction, and I’ve enjoyed Auren’s journey so far. Like any series, I have my favourites and I plan to write a character summary next month to coincide with the next episode release.
Auren finds a way to escape the pain of her torture, but when Makari realizes it’s preventing him from “cleansing” her, he finds ways of randomizing the pain to keep her present. Still, she does not succumb to the torment.
When Makari can’t get through to her, he decides Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi, is right. Auren is the delohi-saqu. Now Makari is no longer concerned with cleansing her because the delohi-saqu cannot be cleansed. He resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information about the Coalition. If Auren can’t resist, her friends and hundreds of innocent people will die.
Review of Broken: Shadow Stalker – Episode 8 by Renee Scattergood
In every series there are episodes which take it out of you emotionally and, for me, episode 8 played havoc with my emotions! Since Auren’s separation from her foster father, Kado, we’ve seen her face one perilous situation after another. Yet her bravery shines through. She’s strong, determined and passionate about her people. Those characteristics stood out for me. She’s also confused, and in this episode, trying desperately to fight a system she doesn’t fully understand.
Makari is a complex character, whose internal conflicts force him down a difficult path. Though the series is told from Auren’s point of view, Scattergood does a good job of showing us the motivations behind this character. His early life is based on misery and pain, and though that doesn’t excuse his behaviour, it does explain why his conditioning is so embedded in his psyche.
Combine this with the intense connection these characters share, and the poisonous influence of an abusive father, and his conflicts make sense.
Both Auren and Makari still have a long road ahead of them, one pitted with danger. Their paths will cross with both old and new characters, and I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead.
Renee Scattergood, author of the fantasy series, Shadow Stalker, and novella, Demon Hunt, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog for a free copy of her latest episode of Shadow Stalker: http://reneescattergood.com
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