Monday, February 4, 2019

The Terrible Oath, by Ashok K. Banker

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Indian High Fantasy; Sha’ant) Emperor Sha’ant has been sad since he lost his wife, taking some joy in the accomplishments of his only son. Then he falls in love with a new woman, but marrying her comes with a catch. (13,246 words; Time: 44m)

This is part of a series of stories, and it does not stand on its own at all.

"The Terrible Oath," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 105, published on .

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Review: 2019.093 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The setting is colorful, and it sets up an interesting conflict for the next story.

Con: I simply refused to believe that the girl’s father would be that bold nor that an emperor would be so easily denied. That ruined the whole story for me.

The story doesn’t end, it just stops.

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