Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Forge, by Andrew Dykstal

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Flintlock Fantasy Thriller) In the aftermath of the king’s assassination, the guard commander and high mage struggle to discover who was behind it and what to do about it. (11,697 words; Time: 38m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 291, published on .

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Review: 2019.666 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best part of the story is watching all the various mysteries get resolved. What was Mark’s motive? Where did the ultra sharp blade come from? Who put Mark up to it? Etc.

Con: We learn little about Lyric or Hodge, for that matter. Hodge’s character is never properly “grounded,” in that the story never gives us any description at all. We can conclude that “he” is probably male based on his fighting style, but that’s little more than a guess.

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