Friday, November 22, 2019

The Two Sides of Home, by Timothy Mudie

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy) Joyce comes home to search for her missing teen nephew just as the local conflict between followers of the Bull god and those of the Moth god is boiling over. (7,029 words; Time: 23m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 290, published on .

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Review: 2019.633 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is an unusual high-fantasy story with 19th-Century technology. The author does a nice job of building up the world even as Joyce hunts for her brother. There’s plenty of tension and excitement, and an acceptable conclusion.

Con: It didn’t make sense to me that the Moth acolytes brought Joyce to the actual location of her brother and the larval god. Since all they wanted was to fight with the Bull acolytes, why not take her someplace else and fight them there?

Joyce’s victory seems to come a little too easily. The larval god doesn’t fight back, and neither Niamh nor Jimbo is able to do anything to stop her.

It’s a little jarring that the people all talk like they’re Irish.

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