Sunday, September 3, 2017

Across Pack Ice, a Fire, by Marissa Lingen

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(High Fantasy) Solveig seeks vengeance for the magical plague that took her beloved husband, but she can’t act openly or else she risks dragging her own country into a war. (5,567 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 233, published on .

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Pro: Solveig finds a suitable revenge, even if it’s a slow one. Noora’s idea of a plague that killed all the Veralduki’s only seems just. Solveig’s way honors Per’s memory much better.

Con: Is Solveig the only sorcerer in the world with this kind of power? If not, how has the empire avoided having this happen before?

The story spends a lot of time introducing the Prince but he plays no role in it. It’s really about the relationship between Solveig and Noora, but it never gives us a reason to see why Solveig cares about Noora at all.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Neat solution of people being used as tools by each of their three countries planting a seed that can lead to peace. Seems like it could be part of a larger story.