Friday, May 10, 2019

A Salt and Sterling Tongue, by Emma Osborne

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Fantasy Adventure) A woman mourning the death of her young son takes some comfort from a bard sent to help communities heal from their losses in the war against the Merling King. (4,886 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 28, published on .

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Review: 2019.314 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s very touching. Sera’s love for Seamus and her grief at his loss come through very clearly. It moved me to tears. Likewise, we feel her loneliness—and her first steps toward healing.

Con: The speculative element is very weak. With very small changes this could be the story of a woman who lost a child to cancer.

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