Thursday, January 31, 2019

Do Not Look Back, My Lion, by Alix E. Harrow

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★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(High Fantasy) In an empire obsessed with war, a healer married to a warrior seeks to escape the endless fighting, killing, and dying. (6,021 words; Time: 20m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 270, published on .

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Review: 2019.080 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s an interesting setting: a world with two suns where the women are stronger than the men, and where a woman takes both male and female husbands.

It’s a message story, and it makes a strong case for how cruel war is, and how cruel to force it on people who don’t want it.

Con: There’s too little to this story beyond the message. Eefa has almost no agency in it; for the most part she just watches helplessly while things happen. She doesn’t even plan her own escape at the end.

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5 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Very interesting setting, but it does feel like you're one step removed from the actual story here.

    1. I sometimes think authors construct a cool setting and then struggle to put a story into it. If the setting is cool enough, they can get by with it.

  2. New website for author:

    1. Thanks. I've updated the spreadsheet and the new link will show up with the next refresh of the YYYY Best SF/F pages and her future stories.

  3. 3-stars from me. It was a well-written decent story. I agree with everyone's comments here. The setting is very interesting.

    It read like a prequel story to me. Or a short story about a minor but important character in a novel.