The Guest by Karen Dales is a short story introducing the Angel of Death from the Chosen Chronicles. It’s certainly an intriguing tale, set in a Buddhist monastery where the guest who’s stayed for many long years is called upon to perform his mysterious duty. The guest’s identity is nicely veiled while the mystery of his gift offers a pleasingly different point of view on life, death and rebirth. The writing involves all the senses with evocative description of thought, actions and surroundings. There’s a quiet level of unspoken conversation that wisely avoids any temptation to tell all. And there’s a convincing respect for difference. I enjoyed this gently unsettling tale, short, intriguing, and just long enough for a good cup of coffee.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy.
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