Rica has grown up in an oppressively cold climate under an oppressive government ruled by a man who violently seized control when she was just a child. Now, with the wrongful execution of her sister, and the kidnapping of her nephew, Rica must face the sweltering heat of the jungle in order to gain the power needed to avenge her family--a power inherited only through the blood of the true royal family.
Published in Rage of the Behemoth, by Rogue Blades Entertainment. July 2009
Reviews and Praise for Poisonous Redemption!
In “Poisonous Redemption” Kate Martin writes on of the strongest stories of the anthology. Her protagonist Rica must prove her bloodline by capturing and surviving a cockatrice. Beyond the unusual choice of monster, Martin’s cockatrice is one of the most difficult of any of the tales in this collection. Though ludicrous in appearance, the cockatrice of the story is horribly powerful, even more so than the traditional dragon. This is one of the best stories of the anthology, behind only the contribution by Brian Ruckley. It is a tale full of adventure and the triumph of overcoming near impossible odds.
~By, John Ottinger
Grasping for the Wind
Kate Martin spins a solid yarn featuring her heroes, Weylin and Rica, in “Poisonous Redemption.” It begins in fine Howardian fashion. That’s to say, in media res. The pair’s quarry is a basilisk (another neglected lethal critter of legend). In my opinion, this is a quality update/improvement upon the concept introduced in the film, Ladyhawke.
The Cimmerian, Aug. 19, 2009
“Mysterious Jungles” begins with Poisonous Redemption by Kate Martin is the tale of Rica, an adventurer kidnapped by a village to be fed as sacrifice to the very creature she’s come to hunt, the cockatrice. The cockatrice is one of the sillier monsters described in this book—legs, tail and body of a dragon with the head of chicken. That’s right. It’s also one of the shorter stories, and Martin handles it deftly, developing her protagonist and Rita’s talking canine companion as they escape their captors and take on the beast. A weaker entry but somewhat diverting nonetheless.
~ Rise Reviews
"...Mysterious Jungles, opening with Poisonous Redemption, by Kate Martin, an inventive tale of wronged royals on a quest for vengeance and redemption. But the true star here is the jungle itself, a vividly realized setting of venom-dripping vines and massive snakes--and a lethal creature right out of legend."
~John O'Neil, Publisher and Editor, Black Gate Magazine
(from the Introduction of Rage of the Behemoth)
"This world has some interesting potential. This tale is an action packed hunting of a monster. The main characters here are interesting, and I would like to learn more about them. The creature selected here turned out to be a fun choice. This is another tale where the Jungle itself is a great enemy. The jungle as described here literally creeps and crawls in your mind."
~Dale Strickland, Library Thing
Reviews for "Rage of the Behemoth":
Grasping for the Wind, John Ottinger "Rage of the Behemoth takes the best of Robert E. Howard and revitalizes it for the twenty-first century."
Black Gate, Theodore Beale "The anthology is a throwback to the glory days of Burroughs and Howard, with an icy, ominous edge."
Dale Strickland, Library Thing
Deuce Richardson, The Cimmerian "Rage of the Behemoth delivers exciting, engaging stories that exhibit astounding diversity without ever wandering into the nonsensical kingdom of political correctness. All in all, Mr. Waltz, his artists and his authors have plenty to be proud of."