Friday, October 18, 2019

Bridge of Crows, by JY Yang


(Future Fantasy) Callen seeks a witch at the top of the mountain who might be able to save her love from the prison in which the Emperor has placed her. (4,796 words; Time: 15m)

"Bridge of Crows," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2019.547 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This story is inspired by the ancient Chinese tale of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl, in which two lovers are forbidden to see each other and are placed in the sky as stars on opposite sides of the Milky Way. Once a year, a flock of birds unites them, making a bridge across the “stream.”

Con: The ending is unsatisfying. All this effort and we never find out if Callen’s lover got freed?

As is typical for a fairy tale, there’s no real character development. Indeed, when we learn how Callen essentially imprisoned her lover, it’s hard to have any sympathy for her at all.

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