Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jewel of the Vashwa, by Jordan Kurella

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Adventure) Awanshe tells about the big battle where her lover and the Scorpion King were both killed. Except she keeps changing the details. (3,315 words; Time: 11m)

"Jewel of the Vashwa," by (edited by Sheree RenΓ©e Thomas), appeared in issue 111, published on .

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Pro: Across the different versions of the story we finally get close to the truth. It's chilling to realize that, out of jealousy, Awanshe effectively killed two people she had loved and doomed her people to continuing war with the scorpion folks.

Con: And then it just ends. Awanshe had no goals and achieved none. The aftermath of her actions is unknown. The result is completely unsatisfying.

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