Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Abere and the Poisoner, by Jonathan Edelstein

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(High Fantasy; Tasik) A swamp woman traps a youth who came seeking a love potion, and before she eats him, she tells him a story. (3,528 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 208, published on .

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Pro: It's a nice idea--the swamp woman eats your body but it frees your soul to take any form you like. Foulou's trick of escaping disguised as a bacterium was cute.

Con: It doesn't quite work. We're never clear why the swamp woman bothers with this. She can hardly process every love-sick young man who comes to her.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Thanks for the review.

    For the record, Folau (who tells the story) is neither the swamp-witch nor the young man, but if that didn't come across clearly enough, it is of course my fault.

    1. Oops. That was Folau, not the young man. I've fixed it--it was just a careless mistake. Thanks for letting me know.