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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Spirit Play is a work of fiction in the action, paranormal and LGBTQ+ sub-genres, and was penned by author Mig Lopez. The work is intended for the mature reading audience, due to the presence of scenes of violence, the use of sensitive subject matter, and scenes of a sexual nature. This work is a combination of two novellas, the first of which is the titular Spirit Play, depicting an exciting game of wits and war as contestants engage in a deadly battle with supernatural gifts to fight for their immortal souls. In Half Way (at the End), we meet a couple who track back over their relationship as the world ends around them.
Author Mig Lopez has crafted two very different stories in this work of collected fiction, with plenty of dynamic characters, wild ideas, and tender moments to offer readers variety and drama. I had a personal preference for the first story, which had some fantastic mythological references and powerful, cinematic descriptions to engage readers’ imaginations as the high stakes action played out. But there was plenty of romantic charm, pathos, and the loving representation of two husbands settling their differences in the second tale, which romance fans will adore for its original storytelling presentation. In both stories, there was an excellent flair for dialogue especially, which felt as though it came from distinctive voices through strong character work. Overall, I would recommend The Spirit Play to fans of quirky original fiction, unusual emotional narratives, and to novella readers everywhere.