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Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite
Prism is a collection of short stories that span multiple locations, times and worlds. Roland Allnach has a great talent for creating worlds, building an atmosphere and painting for the reader a believable setting for each story. His power of description is considerable. The style of writing is diverse and changes from one story to another. “Titalis” is akin to a Greek tragedy, “Of Typhon and Aerina” is all in epic verse, while several of the stories belong to the science fiction and paranormal genres. Some of the writing styles are easier to read than others, but the stories are all very well written. When he is not constructing tragedies that feel as genuine as something taken out of mythology, Allnach is writing stories in an almost ambiguous way which makes them interesting and mysterious without becoming confusing.
A glass prism separates white light into a spectrum of colours, and this is an apt title for Roland Allnach’s book. The most simple or even trivial activity such as a child’s fear of darkness or a bored pupil’s imagination running wild while at school becomes a big adventure when seen through his prism. The theme of war is most recurrent, specifically the human traits (whether good or bad) that drive people to war. Honour, love, deceit, hunger for power - they are all seen through the Prism of Allnach’s imagination. The whole collection of stories is interesting and intriguing and sometimes even moving. There is a dark element in most of them. I definitely enjoyed it and would strongly recommend it.