Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Wind's Departure, by Stephen Case

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(High Fantasy) Diogenes ought to be using the magician’s floating castle to help the emperor, but he feels obliged to honor his promise to restore Sylva’s body to her—even if it destroys the world. (10,901 words; Time: 36m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 240, published on .

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Pro: Diogenes wants to restore Sylva and set her free, and he accomplishes that, even at the expense of condemning himself to life inside the castle—followed by who knows how long trying to control the giant. Talk about committment!

Con: His obsession with restoring her, even after she insists she doesn’t need it and has forgiven Theodorus gets tiresome—especially since we’re led to believe that she’ll almost certainly die when the god takes over the Shallows.

It ends right as it seems that the real story is getting started. That is, this feels like the prologue to a longer story.

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