- Year: 2013
- Page Number: 130
- File Type: Epub
- File Size: 0.61 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
The Vengeful Goddess Demands Her Tithe
When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya’s only hope to return safely home.
Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown’s garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.
Goddess Tithe is the first novella in the complex Tales of Goldstone Wood Series. Set within the context of the longer novel, Veiled Rose, this story focuses on a young cabin boy and his first voyage on the merchant ship Kulap Kanya. Munny longs to become a worthy sailor under the mysterious Captain Sunan. Yet, when a stowaway is discovered in the hold of the ship, the captain entrusts the brown-skinned foreigner to Munny’s care. The crew is shocked by this news, for any stowaway is sacrificed to the vengeful goddess of the sea, Risafeth. Despite alienation and outright hostility from the crew, Munny obeys his captain and resolves to protect the stowaway. Thus begins a tale of impending disaster, for Risafeth will not be denied the tithe she demands. Hear the creak of the ship’s timbers and feel the claustrophobic tension of a desperate crew poised on the brink of mutiny. As seabirds and other creatures are discovered dead upon the water and a deathly silence descends on the ship, the sailors wait for their goddess’ wrath to break upon them. Will all be lost? Who will have the courage to stand firm?
I loved the complexity of this short piece. The action is intense. However, their are welcome scenes of comic relief and tenderness. My favorite aspect of the story was Munny’s tenuous friendship with Leonard despite their inability to understand each other. I also loved the glimpses into Munny’s past and his determination to return home. The tale stands perfectly on its own, but for those who have read Veiled Rose and other novels, it adds even more depth to this riveting series. I loved seeing Leonard the Jester from another perspective and learning more about the eastern city of Lunthea Maly to which the ship is headed. This story explores themes of prejudice, friendship, true courage, love and sacrifice. Thoroughly recommended. God bless you all.
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