Saturday, June 15, 2019

Black, Like Earth, by Jordyn Blanson


(High Fantasy) Eratu feels something moving inside his stomach, and marks on his skin are starting to glow blue. He may be turning into something that can fight the invaders who rule his city, but will it be worth it? (3,673 words; Time: 12m)

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"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 280, published on .

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Review: 2019.346 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The core of this story is Eratu deciding whether he’s called to do something, and, if so, what that is.

Eratu is a good-hearted boy. Despite everything the Usha have done to his people, he doesn’t want to see their helpless women and children slaughtered.

His ultimate solution—this his people will simply leave and start over elsewhere—has a certain logic to it.

Con: For all the power that Eratu acquires, running away is the only solution he can find? That’s a little disappointing.

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