Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Weaver and the Snake, by Blaine Vitallo

★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) At the end of a long, productive life making art from the bodies of rare, magical creatures, Reilitas faces the potential ruin of her city and the loss of all her work to a giant, city-destroying snake. (3,660 words; Time: 12m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 253, published on .

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Pro: Although all of her work is lost, she’s content with the hourglass she made from the sand the snake collapsed into. As with the hunter who lost his arms to the Morath and who laughed about eating them back when he feasted on the meat of the animal, her hourglass contains sands from the ruin of all the other cities in the land.

Con: There’s not much action to this story. Reilitas certainly doesn’t have any influence on anything that happens.

The account of the mutilated hunter trying to eat with no arms was so horrible that I almost called this a Horror story.

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