Wednesday, March 6, 2019

When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power, by Nin Harris

★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) The Mermaid Queen Mother wants her silver serving dish back from at Arch Wizard, but rather than asking, she sends three sirens to steal it. (5,201 words; Time: 17m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 272, published on .

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Pro: Velia resents her indenture to the Queen Mother, even if she calls her a “contractor,” and this trip to steal from the Arch Wizard seems unusually pointless. It’s no surprise she gets caught, but it’s a nice twist that the Arch Wizard is lonely and finds her intriguing.

It’s amusing that the Wizard chides her for wasting her musical talent and effectively gives her a time out, to “think about your life choices.”

Con: The Arch Wizard’s offer seems feckless—wholly out of character for him. Velia gets an enormous gain without having paid any real price for it.

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