The Bloodiest Sword is King, a flash fiction story

Medieval Fantasy, Quick Read, & A Little Dark

by Bria Burton

A stranger approaches the gate to the Catastrapha's kingdom, and Xildar must decide whether he is a friend or foe.

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Fantasy Friday 5/24/19

Each weekday, Havok Publishing presents a genre-themed story, and my first flash fiction story is appearing today in their Fantasy Friday slot.

My short stories tend to range between 5,000 and 15,000 words. In other words, they're not very short. I made a goal to attempt a flash fiction story many years ago, but until today I'd never succeeded in publishing a 1,000 word or less story. I'm very pleased that "The Bloodiest Sword is King" was selected for publication in Havok.
The story has some dark elements and violence, but my goal was to avoid graphic or gratuitous violence. You, dear reader, can let me know if I've succeeded. My greatest hope is that the deeper message comes through. I'll write a separate post about that.

What Do You Think of the Story?

Have you had a chance to read the story? Today (5/24) is the only day that it's free. After today, you'd have to sign up to be a member of Havok in order to read the story on their website.

What did you think? I'd love to hear your comments. Feel free to let me know your thoughts here on the blog, or you can email me at