Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Wind Shall Blow, by Gregory Norman Bossert

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(Historical Fantasy) On the English border with war coming, the Scotts have never accepted Irish Regan, and they fear the magic in her songs. (6,512 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"," by , appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies issue 209, published on .

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Pro: The attention to historical detail is exquisite. It's winter 1642 on the troubled border between Scotland and England in the early phases of the English Civil Wars. Irish refugees aren't well-thought-of, and the superstitious locals fear the MorrΓ­gan, three harbingers of war who turn into crows.

Regan wants to stay with her family, but the call of the other two is too strong. The war cannot be stopped, but she can lead it elsewhere and save the ones she loves.

Con: The historical detail leaves little room for the story. We never do quite understand how Regan ended up with George Brewer's child or why she was allowed to keep him. At the end we're not sure whether to be sympathetic or horrified.

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