Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Weight of a Thousand Needles, by Isabel Cañas

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(High Fantasy) A young god buys a common patience stone from a crow. A girl takes the task of removing a thousand needles from a sleeping panther. Both of their lives will change forever. (6,058 words; Time: 20m)

"The Weight of a Thousand Needles," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 109, published on .

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Review: 2019.338 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story doesn’t really get going until Soraya starts removing the needles for the jinni, but from that point, it’s satisfying, with some tension and a powerful, emotional finish.

I particularly liked the way the crow’s requirement defeated the jinni’s spell: she couldn’t speak to Parviz, but she could speak to the stone, and he could listen.

There’s probably a deeper symbolism here, with something about the god of Night sleeping for a thousand years, but I’m not quite seeing it.

Con: It gets off to a very slow start. We’re 40% of the way into the story before we figure out what the plot is.

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