The Traitor Game
B.R. Collins

Michael and his friend Francis share a secret passion for Evgard, the fantasy world they have created together. But then Michael finds a note in his locker, revealing that their secret is out. He immediately suspects Francis, and tries to get revenge by telling the school bully―known affectionately as Shitley―that Francis is gay, which guarantees Francis is in for a pounding. But did Francis really betray his friend? Or is Michael really the traitor?

This gripping account of a troubled friendship unfolds both as a contemporary story and as a compelling glimpse into the world of Evgard. The Traitor Game tackles difficult issues without hesitation and will surely draw in gamer and fantasy fans as well as contemporary fiction readers.

The Traitor Game book cover

“Is that how you find out you’re a coward? Can you go your whole life thinking you’re brave – climbing the cliffs for a dare, catching venom-spiders to race, fighting imaginary battles where you conquer all of Evgard single-handed – and find out in one freezing moment that you don’t have the courage to defend yourself? Is it only when you give in to cold and exhaustion and hunger that you begin to see how weak you’ve always been?”

This is a powerful, evocative story. Upon a first glimpse it seems that the Evgard storyline is just ‘there’ because it’s part of Michael. But upon reflection you really appreciate the impact this world has and the parallels it portrays to the world we live in. An intriguing story.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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