Saturday, January 12, 2019

Son of Water and Fire, by Ashok K. Banker

★★★☆☆ Average

(Indian High Fantasy; Sha’ant) Born to a river goddess, he’s unhappy when she sends him off to learn from his ancestor, a great mountain, not least because the journey is long and dangerous. (9,079 words; Time: 30m)

You need to read the previous story to get much out of this one.

"Son of Water and Fire," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 104, published on .

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Review: 2019.061 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: A very nice account of how Sha’ant and Jeel’s son left his mother and eventually ended up with his father.

Con: There’s very little substance to this story. Vrath doesn’t do much other than go with the flow. Even the promised time with Grandfather Coldheart ends up being entirely skipped over.

It answers at least one of our questions from the previous story, but it also leaves us hanging.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yup, felt like what might have been the most interesting part was skipped. Then it ends before there's much interaction between Vrath and Sha'ant. Maybe these stories are just teasers to get you interested in the related books.