Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Ways of Walls and Words, by Sabrina Vourvoulias, April 15, 2015; 6,999 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By: io9

In Mexico in 1562, Bienvenida meets an imprisoned Spanish girl her own age, befriends her, and looks for the magic to set her free.

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

Pro: Beautifully written, this is a strong piece of historical fiction that reminds us of a terrible injustice. The resolution, in which Anica's spirit is freed, but not her body, is sad but realistic.

Con: It's not 100% clear that there's really a fantasy element here. It's just as easy to interpret that last scene as a hallucination that Anica has.

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