Friday, July 6, 2018

Visible Cities, by Rachel Pollack

★★★☆☆ Average

(Modern Fantasy; Jack Shade) At 19, Carolien learns she has real magic and becomes a traveler. When her teacher disappears, she goes looking for him. (9,409 words; Time: 31m)

Although this is set in the Jack Shade universe, it’s the back story for a supporting character, so there’s no need to read the earlier works to understand it, nor does this contain any spoilers.

"Visible Cities," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: This amounts to Carolien's coming-of-age story. Passing through the Visible Cities to find the ghost of her teacher amounts to her final exam, but accepting that he's gone marks her passage to adulthood.

The story is formatted almost like a fairy tale, but it still works.

Con: There's nothing particularly special about the story, and it doesn't really develop Carolien as a character other than to tell us that she's clever and resourceful.

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