Monday, September 30, 2019

The Witch of the Will, by Aaron Perry

[BCS]
★★★☆☆

(High Fantasy) A witch decides to take away the king’s free will, but there are bigger consequences when she takes away the free will of a kitchen boy. (9,335 words; Time: 31m)


"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 287, published on .

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Review: 2019.565 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The core concept is fascinating: Canute wants to give up his free will so he can do anything he wants to without guilt or grief. The witch has a conscience, so she can’t bring herself to just kill him, but she makes up her mind to follow him and try to bend him in a better direction.

As is often the way in fairy tales, they have three key meetings: in the town where she deprives him of his first love, in the mountains where she frustrates his mission, and by the sea, where he captures her.

Con: The ending was just too random. We never heard of “blood shades” before the climax, so it feels like a cheat. Marisol is too powerful for the story to have any tension to it, and Canute is totally unsympathetic as well.

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