Monday, October 9, 2017

Every Black Tree, by Natalia Theodoridou

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(Fantasy Adventure) Tired of immortality, Pentheas seeks the one tree that can hang him. Eternally pregnant, Serah seeks an end to it one way or another. So they’re going to work together. Somehow. (4,486 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 236, published on .

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Pro: Pentheas finds a reason to live at least a little longer. Whether he wants one or not, he’s found a new family. And Serah’s child seems to be alive again, so perhaps she’ll be delivered of her burden too.

Con: I never felt convinced that Pentheas had changed his mind, and I didn’t feel Serah did anything to deserve either her original curse nor the lifting of it.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Very melancholy. I like that Serah wants to help Pentheas find his tree and never tries to talk him out of it even though she doesn't want him to die. I think Pentheas is content just to have found the tree. He now has an option to live or die.