Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections, by Tina Connolly

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy Dystopia) The Regent rules as a tyrant, and he has separated Saffron from her husband to force him to bake the amazing confections that let you relive bits of the past. (7,845 words; Time: 26m)

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Pro: Danny finally finds a way to poison the Duke that won’t hurt his wife very much. She’s only observed a limited amount of pain in her life, so she’s not gone for long, and even though she experiences the pain (which previously she only saw), it’s not so terrible. But the Duke has tortured countless people. Forcing him to endure their collective suffering takes weeks. Clever indeed.

Saffron comes across as a solid character; we feel her grief at the loss of her sister and her continuing grief at the separation from her husband.

Con: The final confection breaks the rules of the earlier ones; all previous ones only resurrected your own memories. The last one does something entirely different by making you experience the memories of other people, but there was no foreshadowing that that was even possible.

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