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on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Steve Miller and Sharon Lee are both good writers, but when they write together they are amazing.
"And Hawks for Heralds" was interesting, but it felt more like a portion of a larger work. There were many thing that were brought up for no apparent reason: The main character has a magic sword that hums - Why? Several paragraphs are spent on developing the backgrounds and differences between the soldiers in the troop, but these never become relevant to the story's plot. There are also references to the family that has hired the troop - who are they? Why are they mentioned? I would be interested in reading a novel that included this scene as Chapter 2 or 3.
"Master of the Winds" is a well-written story focussing on a young woman who may have special powers if she can learn to use them.
The third story "Candlelight" is magical. Although the location is never stated, it appears to be set in the present-day U.S, featuring a precocious six-year old, a guidance counselor struggling with school bureaucracy, and an artist who makes candles. I expect to remember this story much more than the first two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2011 :
Delightful stories, these definitely do justice to their subjects, being of satisfactory length and concluding their individual plots, excepting that the second story, Master of the Winds, was a bit short.
(reviewed long after purchase)