Saturday, November 4, 2017

His Wife and Serpent Mistress, by Gillian Daniels

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(Fantasy Adventure) The young Marquis has to marry for money, and he’s not quite sure how his new wife is going to cope with his mistress. (6,011 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 238, published on .

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Pro: Hubert manages to get everything, in the end. Freedom, money, and both women. To some degree he earns it by being a good lover to Arla.

It’s amusing in a sad sort of way that Hubert’s ancestor killed the beast dishonorably. It makes the whole thing easier to walk away from, anyway.

Con: Hubert isn’t a great protagonist, since he mostly just follows instructions from the actual active characters.

The different layers of plotting are much too complex. And it’s not at all clear why Miss B thinks she has a legitimate complaint against the family of the Marquis; she and her father are the ones who ruined them by stealing all their family money.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Not what I expected. ...and they all lived happily ever after -- except the uncle who gets to live but isn't happy about it.