Monday, September 10, 2018

Ancestor Night, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) It’s the first Ancestor Night since Paolo and his siblings lost their parents, and for some reason his sister Jasna isn’t eager to see them again. (1,893 words; Time: 06m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 260, published on .

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Review: 2018.523 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: They all learn the truth about how Jasna wished her parents ill and inadvertently caused their deaths. Paolo has dreaded the day he runs out of things to sell to support the family. Jasna was the only one of them skilled enough to earn enough, but she’s been depressed. By giving her their forgiveness and charging her to work to support the family, their parents have saved them—even if Paolo never forgives her for what she did.

Con: If it’s that easy for an unhappy teen to kill her parents, I wonder how this world got as far as it did.

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