Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Petals of the Godflower, by Kyle Kirrin


(Fantasy Horror) For the community to live, most young people need to sacrifice themselves to the Godflower before age 20, but the narrator has serious reservations. (4,068 words; Time: 13m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 292, published on .

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Review: 2019.677 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: At some level, this is a story about how the narrator deals with her crisis of faith. Unlike in our world, she finds a way to conduct an actual test.

It’s no surprise that the narrator wants out of this horrible situation. Her scheme to test the claims of the priests is as good as any, given the circumstances.

Con: The whole thing is so contrived it’s hard to feel much of anything about it. And a lot doesn’t seem to make sense. These flowers provide both food and heat? Is the village just making more and more of them, or do they die in time? If the sacrifice has to be willing, why would the priest try to kill the narrator?

It's annoying that the narrator never gets a name.

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