Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Compendium of Architecture and the Science of Building, by Kate Elliott

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alternate History Fantasy; Spiritwalker Trilogy) Magnus enjoys his retirement on his family’s estate, but he gets involved in the problems of a talented but troubled boy. (5,754 words; Time: 19m)

Recommended By: 👍KBurnham+2 (Q&A)

This is set in the world of Kate Elliot's Spiritwalker Trilogy a few years before the action of "Cold Magic" begins.

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 99, published on .

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Review: 2018.431 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Getting to know Magnus’s character is the best part of the story. It’s a pleasure watching him work with Andevai, earning his confidence.

The conclusion is satisfying as well, particularly since it’s clear Magnus needed to be teaching someone in order to be happy himself.

The story takes place in a very rich world. I wouldn’t mind reading more in this setting.

Con: The story is too brief for the setting. It reads like the introduction to a much longer work, and, in fact, it is; the action takes place shortly after "Bloom" and a few years before her novel "Cold Magic."

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