This is a review of the Kit Marlowe short “The Gauntlet” by Karen Chance. It is a short story belonging to the world of the Dorina Basarab and Cassandra Palmer Series. Chronologically, this short takes place before the either series even begins, and can be read at any time. It is described as being the prequel to “The Queen’s Witch“. You can download a (free!) copy of the short here, on Karen Chance’s official website.
Gillian Urswick is a coven witch in Elizabethan England. She has been captured along with many other coven witches and her daughter Elinor by The Circle. The Circle is made up of mages that have recently migrated to England, and believe that the coven witches are dangerous and should be locked up and/or eradicated. Gillian has been imprisoned and gagged, and while she is a very persistent woman, she’s not sure that she can escape her current predicament.
Having a vampire look them over (presumably as a human would look over fish at a seafood market) is almost welcome. But is the vampire as sinister as he first seems?
I enjoyed this Kit short a lot more than “The Queen’s Witch”. As it’s been called a prequel, I can only assume that this was written after. I would suggest reading “The Gauntlet” and then read “The Queen’s Witch“. It would just flow better. I liked learning about the coven witches and the Triskelion in this short. And it was nice to see Kit as a young vamp.
For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).