I’m happy to have a guest reviewer on my blog once again as today Aidan Doyle stops by to review E. Catherine Tobler’s “The Indigo Mantis” as part of our continuing OcTOBLERfest celebrations. As always, I definitely recommend reading the work in question before proceeding to the review. Before we hop in, here’s a bit about Aidan.
Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. His short stories have been published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Fireside. He is an Associate Editor at PodCastle and has been shortlisted for the Aurealis and XYZZY awards. He has visited more than 100 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea.
“Since witnessing her father’s murder, revenge has been on Indi’s mind. A mantid with a vendetta, Indi has searched her tree high and low for the murderer. In the hunt for her father’s killer, Indi has unleashed her own brand of justice as the notorious Indigo Mantis – a vigilante blue-winged mantid, killing lawbreakers with impunity. When Indi follows the first solid lead in her father’s case, however, she uncovers a frightening, terrible possibility. Indi must confront the harsh truth about her own dark nature, and choose what kind of hero–or villain–she wishes to become.”
“The beetles were small and she could have eaten all six in two bites, but she stayed clear. Technically, they hadn’t done anything wrong; she supposed beetles liked a night out as much as any bug. But they were a threat, and she would be damned before this grand old pine fell to their machinations.”