This story was in the Fierce Collection of short stories and I liked it. Each chapter starts with a journal entry which I mostly ignore but ended up reading as the story moved mainly to learn about the past. The concepts of religion I found fascinating and hope to see more in the other books.
The dialog between the characters was quick and very easy, which made me feel more of the story. The side comments from our main character Mort made me chuckle and really pushed the story for me.
This is your typical fantasy story main guy finds out he has powers, meets bad guy deals with all the normal cliche stuff, but Manning's use of dialog and scene setting made the story stand out a bit. It was a fast story and I do hope the others are as good.