Short Story Corner: Chronicle of the Mender by Alex Shvartsman

Short Story Title: Chronicle of the Mender

Author: Alex Shvartsman

Publication Date: October 2, 2020

Available: Free to read on here

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

The mender looks at the pile of small jagged shards in front of him. Renowned for his craftsmanship and his ability to repair anything, he looks at his impossible task. Again and again, he laboriously toils and spends endless amounts of time trying to succeed. As he repeatedly cuts fingers on the shards, he tries to assemble them into what they once were. What rewards await him at the end of this difficult undertaking?

The prose of this short story is beautifully descriptive and placed me right into the mood of the mender’s story. As I wondered what he was doing and what motivated him to pursue this objective, the story adds a delightful twist to the tale. Then, it makes a hard-right turn with an unexpectedly jaw dropping game changer and leads into a tearfully poignant finale.

By the end of the story, I was absolutely floored, left breathless and utterly heartbroken. This is a surprising and superb short story that just impacted me emotionally. I was completely devastated by what I learned and what it was about. Wow!

Having read and enjoyed short stories by this author before, I wanted to read this one when I heard about it. I’m glad I did, as this is one of his best and most powerful stories that I’ve read by him so far.

This story is free to read on

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about books published by Alex Shvartsman include “The Hex Is In – The Fast Life and Fantastic Times of Harry the Book by Mike Resnick“.

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories written by Alex Shvartsman include “Eridani’s Crown“and “The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories.”

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