Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Late Quintessence, by Justin Howe

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(High Fantasy) Years ago, Dierponte Hast suppressed a treasonous play by a renegade alchemist, and he’s shocked to hear someone reciting from it all these years later. (2,662 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 228, published on .

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Pro: It’s a neat twist when we finally realize that Hast fears for his own safety. Apparently Horn managed to create his insubstantial homunculi after all. Given what we’ve learned of Hast, it’s quite appropriate that he spend his last moments in a state of abject fear.

Con: The writing is too heavy to really enjoy, verging on purple prose.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This story is nicely paired with the other one in this issue. This one about someone trying to suppress stories, and the other one about someone trying to bring stories to back to life. But as you said, the language here bogs it down a bit.