Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Two Become One, by Kiini Ibura Salaam

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(High Fantasy) Ketah, an apprentice in Meherenmet’s lab, struggles to be a good student, even though the work can be rather gruesome. (10,390 words; Time: 34m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Two Become One," by (edited by Athena Andreadis), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The setting is very colorful, and the author does an excellent job of bringing it to life. Everyone has something they’re trying to accomplish: Meherenmet wants Gah to speak. Ketah wants to be successful. Amagasat wants to heal the prince, but (we suspect) also wants to steal Meherenmet’s body. Betah wants the three of them from the home to be together again. Everyone achieves her goals to a degree.

Con: The parts of the story don’t harmonize well together. Ebah simply saves Betah—it seems unrelated to anything else going on. Gah had some role in the ceremony, but we don’t know what it was. And what actually did happen in the ceremony? We just don’t know. It all feels unfinished.

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