Gate of Thorns
by J.C. Merrill
Deep in the Plains of Thirst, an uneasy alliance of shapeshifters pursues two refugees, one a fallen god, the other a man caught halfway between scholar and monster. Trapped and facing overwhelming odds, each fugitive must decide whether their changing relationship can survive desperation, bloodshed, and twisted magic. 'Gate of Thorns' is a novelette, the second volume of the Songs of Esoka.