Friday, March 23, 2018

Braving the Morrow Candle's Wane, by J.W. Alden

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Adventure) When Adia took the little girl in, she knew the soldiers might come for her. But what can an old woman do against a young knight? (1,917 words; Time: 06m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 247, published on .

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Pro: The core of the story is the old woman’s tale of how she learned the truth of her first victory and came to put her faith in people not gods. The young knight decides to let her keep the little girl, apparently because he wants to be one of the people she can believe in.

Con: The story doesn’t hang together. It’s impossible to believe that someone promoted so young for his piety would be susceptible to a story like that. But it’s also hard to see why the soldiers would care about a little girl either.

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