Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Triumph of Virtue, by Walter Jon Williams

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(Fantasy Mystery; Quillifer) Quillifer intends to discover who tried to assassinate the wife of the queen’s lover, even though suspects are plentiful and clues are few. (11,604 words; Time: 38m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"The Triumph of Virtue," by (edited by Gardner Dozois), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The setting is well done, particularly the political situation. Quillifer becomes a real person for us, and it’s fun rooting for him. There’s plenty of suspense and excitement in the final fight scene.

Con: The ending is completely unsatisfying. It’s okay that Quillifer pay a price for his success, but it’s disappointing that he gets nothing at all for his hard work. (It’s possible that readers of the novel will find it more satisfying in that context.)

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