Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cold Iron Comfort, by Hayley Stone

★★★☆☆ Average

(Portal Fantasy) Amadis didn’t like it in the world of faery and returned to Earth, only to find too much time had passed to go home again. Worse, their lover from the fairy world is stalking them. (6,075 words; Time: 20m)

"Cold Iron Comfort," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 117, published on .

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Review: 2019.095 (A Word for Authors)

Note: I’m assuming Amadis is non-binary, based on the unisex name they choose for themself once they start questioning their gender.

Pro: The plot is straightforward enough: Amadis wants to find a place in our world, and to do that, they need to fight off Kinnear.

It’s amusing that Carlene correctly deduces that Amadis is fleeing a stalker and manages to drive Kinnear off by sheer luck the first time.

The trick with the iron, the nails, and the magnet is a clever one.

Con: Kinnear is a cardboard villain. It’s hard to see what Amadis saw in him in the first place. His attempts to get Amadis back seem clumsy and uninspired. This makes her beating him less of a victory, plus, that victory comes at no cost.

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