Monday, August 15, 2016

The Gentleman of Chaos, by A. Merc Rustad

(High Fantasy) An immortal assassin threatens the new king, so he has his sister trained as the ultimate bodyguard. (4,100 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"," by appeared in the August 2016 issue of Apex Magazine (Issue 87), published .

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

Pro: This is the story of how Vessai became the Gentleman of Chaos. It's a clever angle that the collar bound a real person, not the identity the king forged. It's unclear whether Vessai's transsexualism contributed to the failure of the curse, though.

Con: There are a number of questions and improbabilities. Was someone hiring the Gentleman of Chaos, or did he kill for his own reasons? Why would anyone think a nine-year-old girl would ever make a decent bodyguard? How could She be effective when She was pregnant? It's hard to believe a king would tell a 12-year-old he'd already decided not to let him rule, nor that such a child would so easily slay his father.

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