Monday, November 4, 2019

Ormeshadow, by Priya Sharma


(Modern Fantasy) In 19th Century England, a boy and his family move from Bath to a sheep farm where his father grew up—a place said to lie atop a sleeping dragon. (32,576 words; Time: 1h:48m)

"Ormeshadow," by (edited by Ellen Datlow), published on by .

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Review: 2019.593 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The narration is transparent, the dialogue is flawless, and the little details of life on the sheep farm really make it come to life.

Con: The first 90% of the story has zero speculative content and a wimp for a protagonist. When the fantasy element finally appears, it’s overwhelming and faintly ridiculous. “And then a miracle happens and the bad people all die and the hero gets rich. The End.”

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