free in Kindle format today through 28 August here at Amazon.com.
Here's a description and some reviews:
In a run-down spaceport, assassin Thadow hunts for a bag of stolen pearls to prove his worth to the head of the Guild of Transmuters. Meanwhile, two spoiled teenagers, Trilia and Lateron, pass the time while their mothers' spaceship is in port by harassing the locals and stealing things from them as part of a scavenger hunt. Then their paths cross, and life will never be the same again for either Thadow or Trilia and Lateron.
Genre: science fiction ("sword and planet") mystery
Length: Novelette (about 10,000 words)
Previously published in the February 2010 issue of Jim Baen's Universe
"...I really enjoyed Shauna Roberts's 'The Hunt', at first blush a romp about some teenaged members of a space traveling merchant culture (like Anderson's Kith, perhaps) playing a scavenger hunt in port. But Roberts looks deeper, at the local people whose lives are disrupted by teens' thoughtlessness, and at the apprentice 'Transmuter,' a member of a sort of private justice guild, whose latest assignment intersects with the mini-crime spree the spaceship kids have created. It all wraps up with a nice twist. It's in many ways a familiar story, but fun." — Locus, April 2010
"...a good "timepass" read - no boring moments." — Variety SF, May 9, 2010
"'...a wild, fun story with good characters." — SFRevu, February 19, 2010.
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