Friday, November 4, 2016

The Aeroliths, by Stephen Case

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(High Fantasy) Sylva controls the winds, and she served the old wizard in his floating sky palace. Before she serves the new one, he has to learn her story. (8,945 words; Time: 29m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by , appeared in issue 212, published on .

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Pro: The setting is fascinating. An immortal emperor with little real power. An immortal wizard who lives in the sky and wields the real power. Exiled noble houses ordered to mine the aeroliths.

Sylva simply wants to go home, something she achieves only at the very end.

Theodorus means "given by God" while Theodulus means "slave of God." The names are originally ironic, given that the two men's roles are reversed.

Con: Sylva makes a poor protagonist since she doesn't control her own fate. Things happen to her, people use her, and in the end she's rescued only by Diogenes's generosity.

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