Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nightshade, by J.W. Halicks

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(Dark Fantasy) At sunset, Ezekiel Nightshade, King of Night, rises from the earth and heads for an appointment with a dying woman. But her seven-year-old daughter bars the way. (4,318 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 222, published on .

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Pro: It’s a surprise that Ezekiel is Lyla’s father, but it makes a lot of pieces click together, so it rings true. We root for Lyla, but we don’t really hate Ezekiel either, which is a nice touch. Both characters are very real to us by the time we learn the truth and everything is explained.

Con: Everything is explained in an infodump at the end goes on for too long.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Quite enchanting! Even though it was published in March, it makes a nice October read for me. :)