R.A. Fisher brings us back to Fom in Within A Name. You can find the city of Fom in the world Fisher created in The Kalis Experiments. This novella, while being in the same place as the Tides series, is not related to The Kalis Experiments.

  • Title: Within A Name
  • Author: R.A. Fisher
  • Publisher: Shadow City on November 13, 2019
  • Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Pages: 92
  • Format: e-ARC
  • Rating: 5/5

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ranat Totz has spent most of his life robbing the tombs of the dead for enough tin to buy his next drink.

But after he decides to loot the body of a wealthy priest he finds in an alley, he’s arrested and convicted of murdering the man.

Realizing he’s got nothing to show for his life, Ranat begins a desperate gamble to solve the crime he didn’t commit, so he can clear the only thing of value he has – his name. And maybe have another drink on the way.


My Review of Within a Name:

It was refreshing to find myself back in a place I have been before. The setting was familiar, but this story is one of a kind. I could feel the cold cobblestones and smell the blood from the dead body. Everything is so real in Fisher’s stories.

Ranat Totz is a likable guy even though he gets by in life by robbing graves. He knows it is a low life, but when he is accused of murder, he knows that the only terrible thing he has ever done is graverobbing, and he is set on clearing his name.

The novella is short. I read it in about an hour and a half. The ending is bittersweet, but it is all worth it. You need to read this novella. The writing is excellent, and R.A. Fisher goes out of his way to make it real. I am happy to award Within a Name 5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a quick read on a snowy afternoon, you will love this little sci-fi novella.

I would like to thank R.A. Fisher for gifting me a copy of Within a Name in exchange for an honest review.

Please see my review of Fisher’s previous novel, The Kalis Experiments (Tides Series Book1).

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