Thursday, January 7, 2016

Longsleeves, by Mike Allen

(High Fantasy) Rescued from men who tried to kill her, Merav struggles to understand why and to adjust to life with her rescuer: a widely feared witch. (7,453 words)

Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

"," by appeared in the issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Issue 190).

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

Pro: The world is interesting and well-described. The writing is good, the dialogue sound. All the loose ends are resolved at the end, although a terrible price is paid for four centuries of desecration.

Con: The story is simple and linear; nothing is foreshadowed. Olderra's limitations on what she can tell Merav seem rather arbitrary and challenge disbelief a time or two. Longsleeves seems unimportant to the story except for providing the key that unlocks Olderra's tongue.

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. As you say, it's an interesting world. But I never felt much for the characters. I also found the idea of Longsleeves more amusing than scary.

  2. It's a little bloodthirsty too. The "victory" at the end involves killing every male in two households, even innocent boys.