Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Sound of Salt and Sea, by Kat Howard

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(Fantasy) Every year, Far Island rises from the sea, and the spirits of the dead return to Near Island, until the bone horses usher them back on the third day. The horses need a living rider, and Rowan is sure she can do it and survive. (3,932 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended
Recommended By: Readers

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 10, published on .

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Pro: Rowan succeeds on her third try, having been careless the first time, and having been usurped by Conor the second. To earn her place, she needs three things: she must make a bridle, a horse must choose her, and she must cope with Conor's ghost. It's blood--real or symbolic--that holds the dead, so it's fitting that she uses her own blood to send her friend to his final rest. Very satisfying.

Con: We don't actually get to know the characters well enough to feel a lot of emotion for them.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Good story. I agree with the rating.

    I thought the ending could have been interpreted 2 ways. I am going to assume Rowan survived her ride.