Monday, September 28, 2015

On the Dying Winds of the Old Year and the Birthing Winds of the New, by Kate Elliot

Lightspeed, April 2015; ~15,000 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In this fantasy, Mai lives in exile in the independent town of Salya, but the theft of a courier bag means that King Anjihosh doesn't intend to leave her or the town in peace.

This story is not available in the free, online copy of Lightspeed. You must purchase a copy (e.g. for the Kindle) to read it.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The story is beautifully realized, and the world is clearly very well developed, even though we see only a fraction of it. We begin with the lost bag and we end with the bag returned, so at least technically the story is complete. More important, it never drags. One ends it wanting more.

Con: Part of the reason you end it wanting more is that this feels like an excerpt from a longer work. Among other things, there seems to be more to the two young men--their stories start but don't conclude.

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