Saturday, June 15, 2019

Black, Like Earth, by Jordyn Blanson

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★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) Eleven-year-old Eartu wakes in the night to feel a spirit eating him from the inside out. If the spirit finds him worthy, he’ll be a warrior, but only if he survives. (3,673 words; Time: 12m)


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

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Review: 2019.346 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Eartu is just 14 when the invasion happens, and he’s somehow kept his identity as a misha’ra a secret all this time. Lacking training, even with a warrior spirit, it’s no surprise he’s no match for the red soldiers. It’s touching that what finally spurs him to action is witnessing the death of a child.

Con: He’s much too passive to be a satisfying protagonist. He never does anything for his own reasons; things just happen to him. And at the end, he doesn’t fix any problems—he just runs away.

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