Sunday, August 28, 2016

Up from Hell, by David Drake cover image
(Historical Fantasy) Around 500 BC, mercenary soldier Taranis leaves camp for a few days after trouble over a captured woman who claim to be a witch. (12,558 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"Up from Hell," by (edited by David Hartwell), was published on  by .

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

Pro: Taranis resolves the mystery of what sort of woman he'd captured as well as dealing with his Dubnoreix problem. The fighting scenes are fun, and there's enough tension to make the story exciting.

Con: Taranis doesn't really solve any of his problems himself. Alpnu rescues him over and over because his physical force is almost useless against the magic they face. Yet this isn't Alpnu's story. In fact, we wonder why she bothers to hang around these guys.

There are a few serious descriptive problems. In the cave where they confront the demon, it's unclear whether there are two iron doors or just one and where exactly Taranis and Alpnu take shelter.

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