Book Review: The Six Deaths of the Saint (Into Shadow #3) by Alix E. Harrow

Name:  The Six Deaths of the Saint (Into Shadow #3)
Alix E. Harrow
Number of Pages: 
30 (Kindle)
November 15 2022 by Amazon Original Stories
Genre: Fantasy, Short Story


The Saint of War spares the life of a servant girl so she can fulfill her destiny as the kingdom’s greatest warrior in this short story of love and loyalty by New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow.
Always mindful of the debt she owes, the girl finds her worth as a weapon in the hand of the Prince. Her victories make him a king, then an emperor. The bards sing her name and her enemies fear it. But the war never ends and the cost keeps rising—how many times will she repeat her own story?

My Rating:


My Thoughts:

The Six Deaths of the Saint is part of the short story collection Into Shadow.
I’ve read The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow and enjoyed both of them. They’re both pretty long books, so I was curious to read this much shorter story. I don’t usually read short stories for some reason but found this one really engrossing.

So much is packed into a mere 30 pages. Whole lives are lived, epic and blood-soaked battles are fought, with varying outcomes. Kingdoms rise, men become emperors, and more, and a woman becomes a fearsome warrior, hailed by many, feared by all, driven by the fierce urge to not be nothing.
There’s a cost to all this of course, and in the end a decision must be made as the question is asked… is it worth it? If the answer eventually turns out to be ‘no’, imagine the consequences. Add to this a love borne of something more genuine and tender, a complete contrast to the desire for greatness and power, and things become even more interesting.

Reading this was well worth the afternoon I spent with it. I loved the writing, the characters were well-developed and the story was engrossing to the point that I didn’t want it to end.


17 thoughts on “Book Review: The Six Deaths of the Saint (Into Shadow #3) by Alix E. Harrow

  1. Susy's Cozy World says:

    It sounds like a lot to pack in such a short story, but it also sounds like the author did an amazing job with it! And now I am curious! I haven’t read the full lenght books by this author because they don’t really sound like my kind of books, but this short story sounds interesting and now I need to try it out!


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