Monday, September 12, 2016

The Key to the Coward’s Spell, by Alex Bledsoe

"For The Key to the Coward’s Spell" by Priscilla Kim
(High Fantasy) Eddie, a private eye with a sword, seeks help from an unusual quarter as he searches for a missing boy. (6,556 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

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Pro: It's very much a feel-good story. The bad guys are so bad we root for the heroes to cut them all into little pieces. Auko's innocent question whether Moon was one of the good guys is enough to bring tears to one's eyes.

Con: The bad guys aren't just bad--they brag about how bad they are. Rather than just kill Eddie, Gozel just keeps talking and talking until Sham has time to come save the day.

The story has excess infodumps and an excess of telling over showing. For example, we didn't need to know anything about Eddie's girlfriend or Jane's husband."

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