• Title: The Downs
  • Author: Kim Fielding
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Downs As the son of a wealthy man Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously drinking fighting and making love But after his father dies Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the har
    As the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously drinking, fighting, and making love But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing theAs the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously drinking, fighting, and making love But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing the condemned Brutalized by the men who transport him to his fate, Enitan has nothing left but his thirst for vengeance His plummet to the Downs nearly kills him, and Enitan finds himself battered and helpless in a frightening, mysterious land But many surprises await him there, including a strange man named Rig And the realization that the demons he must face aren t at all the ones he expected.

    One Reply to “The Downs”

    1. This prompt is so abstract, so open-ended, the story could have been something dull, something expected. It could have been anything at all. Leave it to Kim Fielding to build a stunning fantasy dystopia featuring an anti-hero, a scarred giant, and redemption found in a land of vicious fog and demons.These demons are not the kind spewing fire and brimstone; these ones eat away at you slowly. They go with you and goad you in your sleep.The Downs is exquisite. And I'm not just talking about the hau [...]

    2. I'm star blind by "The Downs". Fielding took this prompt and turned it into beautiful thing to behold.It's a story of redemption, vengeance and acceptance. Magnificently told with two well fleshed out characters who happen to find love along the way. The Downs are unforgiving and dangerous, full of deadly creatures and the caustic fog. You can't be a delicate flower and call the Downs home. You have to have grit and guts, be a fighter.Enitan is a fighter. He just has no cause, no purpose and his [...]

    3. “We don’t see the stars often in the Downs. When they do shine, it’s like a beautiful gift. Rare and unexpected. Everyone wanders outside to gape, and some people get so enamored they bump into houses and trees. We call them star-blind. That’s me. You make me star-blind."Enitan Javed is convicted of murdering his father and by order of the Judge, he is sentenced to be banished to the Downs, which is said to be filled with demons that torture the prisoners thrown there. Only when Enitan w [...]

    4. 4 Stars! A beautiful short!For a story that started out with a brutal beginning, it ended on the best possible note! The author creates a unique world, something the likes of which I've never read before and I wish we could have spent more time there. The people that make their home in The Downs, take the life that they have been given and make the best of their sometimes harsh environment. To outsiders that somehow survive (I'm not going to tell you what they survive) the inhabitants offer them [...]

    5. Have you ever read something and then felt a surge of guilt that it wasee?This was TOO precious to come without a price tag.This was TOO amazing to be a gift.*fumbles to grab money*I simply MUST pay for this treasure. If I can't pay for this.I will try and pay it forward.There is so much here to tell and so much I simply cannot tell.I loved the cloudy story. The cover depicts a completely different vibe. Maybe it's just me but I was expecting somethingnky. This was far from kinky. It was unexpec [...]

    6. I loved this story. Loved Enitan and Rig. The setting, the challengesl of it.I have so many unanswered questions though! If this story were to be lengthened, or more set in this world I would be a super happy bunny unicorn!(view spoiler)[How do these two worlds exist without knowing about each other, some people must know. Who is the judge & how did this justice system come into place? What is the fog, why is it only in the downs? How is there such seperation of these two worlds. I feel ther [...]

    7. Wait a minute, I'm supposed to write a review for this?!How on earth am I expected to articulate how beautiful this book was? How beautiful Rig was?I didn't know what I was getting into with this. What I thought would be a dark and gritty, was actually gentle and lovely. Sure, there's grit and darkness, but there's also a tender, gentle giant who completely stole my heart.The Downs is a place where the unredeemable are taken to be torn apart and tortured by demons. It's a death sentence. It's th [...]

    8. Thanks to the author for participating and offering this freebieSuch an open prompt could have lead in any direction - I didn't know what to expect but on sampling was caught and read it through.I liked that the characters weren't perfect, Rig carries his scars on his skin while Enitan's are internal. Also Enitan is someone who enjoyed his life before this circumstance, which is a change from the often innocent innocent hero you often find.It's a story of healing, finding purpose and of seeing p [...]

    9. Another gem from the Love Is An Open Road event, where each year authors/members of the M/M Romance group share their talent freely to create an amazing array of stories. The Downs is a story about revenge, about suffering, about redemption, about change, and about love. It's about seeing what's real, about realizations, and about finding that what you never knew you needed. It's about the power of love, about seeing beyond the outer shell of a man, about regrets and learning to move past them.S [...]

    10. Dark, dystopian, hurt/comfort, scarred/broken characters, and a sweet love story. There is action but for the most part it moves at a steady pace that lets us sink gently into the world and the relationship. A fable-like tale of betrayal, second chances, and vengeance.Overall a great story with a sweet and fitting end.

    11. This was awesome! Rig will have a special place in my heart. I totally fell in love with him. Kim Fielding created a unique world that was dangerous yet magical in less than 100 pages. Great story!P.S. Seriously, totally in love with Rig!

    12. A really unique book - about finding redemption, peace and love. I enjoyed this short story - the building chemistry was really lovely ❤️

    13. Loved it!!!It had everything I love so much in Fielding's books:- Characters with inner beauty and huge hearts, that are cast away by society or hiding from the outside world due to physical scars or for being different (Brute)- World building that is so imaginative, vivid and well built, with focusing on details (the fog, the idea that trees are something so rare etc') that it sometimes reminds me of the first time I read Harry Potter. ( Treasure, another perfect example of Kim's world building [...]

    14. "You make me star-blind"Well. I was not expecting that. That prompt is so vague that this could have gone anywhere. Clever, sad, upsetting, sweet and beautiful. The cover has taken on a completely different meaning for me now. Before it was just 'oooh pretty' now it makes me kind of sad about what is to follow. Oh and as has been mentioned in more than one review I'm all over the Rig love. Amazing!!

    15. This story was AMAZING! I am becoming a huge fan of Kim Fielding's work. Each story is better than the last and since they're already terrific, it's hard to imagine anything better. In this story, which takes place in an imaginary land, Enitan is rescued by Rig when he's thrown over the abyss of the world he grew up in. He's tossed into "the Downs," a world supposedly inhabited by demons, but in reality just inhabited by other humans, many of whom were considered criminals like Enitan. Rig is a [...]

    16. This is my first Kim Fielding and I loved it. She built this new world with likeable characters and a story that will capture your entire attention. It was amazing and brilliant what she come up with the prompt that was given to her. My only issue with it was the slowness of the story. It started incredible. But it ended a little flat, even though a loved the ending. It was still amazing though. And for a free read, it's fantastic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. WARNING: NSFW image (has nudity)(view spoile [...]

    17. 3.5 StarsThis was wholly original in concept and execution from such a broad, intriguing prompt.Enitan is wrongly accused and convicted of a crime he didn't commit. In his world, punishment is in the form of being tossed down a ravine into the Downs, a terrifying place where demons torture their prey for fun.What he finds instead is a world that is like and unlike his own - most notable - no demons. Slowly he is healed by Rig, a gentle soul who has deep regrets and sadness, just like Enitan suff [...]

    18. Slow and steady. That describes both the pace of the story and Rig the man who heals Enitan after he's thrown to the Downs.Kim Fielding builds a dystopian world full of deadly things, including the darkness that can eat at Enitan's soul if he lets it, and she does it in a quiet unhurried pace. He launched himself at Rig hard enough to send him sprawling onto his back. Then Enitan used a few of his wrestling moves to keep Rig captive beneath him. “I choose you,” he whispered in Rig’s ear. [...]

    19. Kim Fielding builds an amazing dystopian fantasy world full of deadly things, including the darkness that can eat at Enitan's soul if he lets it, and she does it in a quiet unhurried pace that offers redemption, hope, revenge, and love.Slow and steady. That describes both the pace of the story and Rig, the man who heals Enitan after he's thrown to the Downs.Wrongly judged for a crime he did not commit, Enitan is brutalized before being hurled into the Downs, a place where criminals and banished [...]

    20. 3.5 stars, rounded up because I am a K. Fielding fangirlBUT, I didn't entirely enjoy this story. As a Fielding fan I have read about 90% of her books, and what we have here is "typical" Fielding. In fact, this book feels very much like a remix of Brute. The basic idea is the same, the details have been changed.Call me crazy, but I want my favorite writers to challenge themselves and try different things. I understand the benefits of having a writing style and finding your niche. But at the same [...]

    21. Kim Fielding's books are just in a class of their own. Wonderful, awesome, stunning. It is a story about hope, about second chances, about redemption. And about finding love when you least expect it. One of the best stories so far in this year's DRitC event.

    22. This was completely lovely, a beautiful story of redemption and hope. When I originally saw this prompt I wanted it, and then when Kim Fielding ended up getting it I heaved a huge sigh of relief because I knew whatever she came up with would be amazing, and it is! Read this if you're looking for a touching, intimate fantasy story with a lot of love in it.

    23. Sexy posterior, NSFW (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love Is An Open Road event. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!After having read Brute by this author, and seeing my friend Dani's review, this is a MUST READ!Book Review 6/2015: Rig was very reminiscent of Brute, in the gentle giant sense, and I loved that. It's not really quite a dystopian as labeled, but it's certainly an interesting society and I loved watching things unfold [...]

    24. "I choose you and I’ll go wherever you lead me.”Being in the Downs is not easy- trancebeetles in the shallows, dragonfish in the deep, killer clouds above. Falling there you think of it as punishment, but it’s not. It's a place where you could find your healer- the spirit of the huge, scarred man who saves those who fell. It’s rebirth. A chance to remake yourself into whoever you want. A place to call Home. I really got in touch with and liked the story, but I dropped down a star because [...]

    25. Wow. I don't know what stopped me from reading The Downs when it was initially released. What took me so long? I mean it's Kim Fielding, so duh. Now though, now I'm glad I kept pushing it to the side. While the story alone is something quite beautiful, the narration of it was truly spectacular.Read the rest of my review here!

    26. What a lovely fantasy type story, a freebie and yet another reason I must make a Kim Fielding bookshelf. Poor, scarred Rig (symbolic wrong side of the tracks) and betrayed rich boy Enitan whose only concern was keeping himself entertained until his sister said he'd killed their father and he was banished to the Downs. It wasn't until Enitan finally understood what was staring him in the face that he accepted revenge on his sister wasn't what he wanted most in the world. I defy anyone not to fall [...]

    27. I LOVE RIG!!!! That was such a fantastic read. Not what I was expecting, which I guess wasn't much since the prompt was open-ended. What started off as a rather dark story, quickly became a sweet and beautiful romance. I loved all of it.Poor Enitan consumed by venegence and beautiful broken Rig, he is the epitome of a gentle giant.This story definitely had dark themes but was surprisingly light with it's humour and love. Nice hot sex scene and a beautiful HEA. I LOVE RIG!!!

    28. 4.5 StarsWhat a wonderful story! About hope and letting go of unimportant things. And learning to live again - and maybe also learning to live for the very first time.Loved it loved it loved it!

    29. Wonderfully imaginative fantasy with great world building and characters. Really liked this, especially the HEA.

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