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- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Fantasy-writers.org (February 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I80N4DY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The first eight tales take up the challenge to incorporate into the narrative the words “the light of the last day.” That can be the last day of the universe, as in the powerful “Questions of the Creator,” by William Moon; the last day of the world-as-we-know it (Erika Wilson’s wrenching “Ain’t No Sunshine”); or the last day—maybe—of an arcane researcher’s life (Duncan’s “The Scientific Method”). In the love story “The Once and Future Kiss,” by Leslianne Wilder, the words become the core of a wistful philosophical dialogue. In Carl Snyder’s “Hair Apparent,” the last day might be the end of an academic career. (But watch out how you bully even an error-prone sorcery student!) In the intense “Lari’s People,” by volume coeditor Nyki Blatchley, it is the heroine’s last day as a human being. In Lee Kirk’s time-travel story “Obsession,” it is—sorry, no spoilers; read it.
Some of the pieces are fairly long; others are powerful miniatures. Several build on alternative creation histories and theologies (for example, “Drops of Peace,” by Jens Hieber, and “Eishenan,” by Lydia Kurnia). “The Story Tree,” by coeditor Natalie Walker Millman, is inventive, frightening, and effective. Like many other stories in the volume, it is subtly constructed, concealing its appalling conclusion until the final page. (“Milla,” by Julie St. Thomas, with its cozy domestic details, is of this kind; so, in a different way, is Blatchley’s masterful and touching “Dayglow.”) Some of the stories are just funny, like “Peter and the Monster,” by L. M. Price, a hilarious take on the ogre genre, and Mette Pesonen’s “The Forming of Draakoa,” a riff on dragon mayhem.
A note about production: the type is large and well-spaced, and the margins are generous. In other words, put away the extra-strength reading glasses. The paperback binding is sturdy. The cover artwork by Mette Pesonen is spare and elegant.