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The Last of Her Kind


Loved it! 😍

A snapshot into life at an alien spaceport. Full of creative details, 'The Last of Her Kind' is entertaining and dramatic.

Straight away I was impressed by the amount of information and detail author Quill Holland was able to pack into his short story and debut work, The Last of Her Kind. The reader is immediately introduced to a plethora of alien races that the Protagonist sees passing through the spaceport. Each race Holland describes is colourful and vibrant and completely unique to each other. From his writing, it is clear Holland had fun populating this world and inventing long and difficult to pronounce names for his alien races.

The flow of the text follows the fast pace set by the events of the story. At the beginning of the narrative the reader is only given a sentence or two about each alien race before learning about the next. This mirrors the Protagonist’s experience. As they study the comings and goings of the spaceport their gaze only lingers on each individual for a moment before moving on to the next. It is only when the Protagonist spots the female Rai’van that the reader is provided with a more in-depth description – because now the Protagonist is fully focused on a single being.

The name of the main character, our Protagonist, is never revealed. We know only that they are a xenologist and a Dunrakaxxian (which the reader learns at the very end of the story). The Protagonist is an observer and although they are the main character, it is the Rai’van who is central to the plot of this story. She is the one the Protagonist and the readers want to learn more about. It is a clever piece of storytelling that shifts the focus of the narrative and the reader’s attention.

Since this is a short story rather than a novel, the reader is only given a snapshot of life in this world. I don’t know if Holland has any plans to continue writing about this sci-fi world but I for one would greatly enjoy a chronicle of short stories set at the spaceport and told from the point of view of the Protagonist, with each story examining a different person whom the Protagonist is watching.

The Last of Her Kind may be short in length but it still manages to offer plenty of intrigue and excitement. It is a promising new addition to the sci-fi genre.

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I have always been fascinated with fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi. In 2020 I set up my own website called: Lair of Reviews where I publish reviews on books, films, and plays. I have degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing. I currently work as a freelance writer.

About the author

Quill Holland has previously published two short stories, and has now published his first novella! Growing up, he could always be found reading a book, developing an unstoppable imagination! When he’s not creating worlds, he likes to illustrate, take photos & explore New Zealand with his partner. view profile

Published on October 23, 2020

3000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Science Fiction

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