Friday, December 7, 2018

A Love Story Written on Water, by Ashok K. Banker

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Indian High Fantasy; Sha’ant) When king Bhi’ash is reincarnated on Earth for having shamelessly ogled the river goddess, Jeel, she follows him down and brings a special curse with her. (12,450 words; Time: 41m)

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 103, published on .

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Review: 2018.689 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: As promised, it’s quite a love story, albeit a rather gruesome one. It does a good job of expressing Sha’ant’s real pain over what happens to him. It’s nice to see that he's finally ready to find someone else.

Con: It seems as though everyone is breaking the rules. The Vessas were supposed to be stuck on Earth for a whole year, but Jeel tosses them into the river and cuts their time short. And Kwayg was supposed to be stuck for a lifetime, but it seems he’s going to hang out with Jeel away from the Earth—for a while, anyway.

It ends with lots of loose ends unaccounted for. What finally happened with Kwayg? Did Sha’ant produce an heir after all?

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