Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Flint and Mirror, by John Crowley

★★★☆☆ Average

(Historical Fantasy) Ten-year-old Hugh O’Neill leaves Ireland for England to get support to overthrow his usurping uncle, but the Sidhe have a parting gift for him. (11,495 words; Time: 38m)

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The story begins around 1560, when Hugh O’Neill was ten years old. It will help to read a bit of Hugh’s history in our world before reading this story, although it’s not essential.

"Flint and Mirror," by (edited by Gardner Dozois), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.639 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a nice tale of 16th-Century Ireland. Hugh is in a difficult position, as the conflicting magical elements symbolize.

Con: It just ends without resolving anything. Is Hugh’s fate going to be same as it was in our world, or will be become a king who unifies Ireland? We’ll never know.

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