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When sickness comes to the country of Cymelia, alchemists and herb-witches create the healing brews that save lives. But this illness is different; the usual measures have little effect. Master Iathor is his city's best hope to discover a cure – but even with his alchemical skills, the plague is spreading through the city, and amongst his own household...

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About Elizabeth McCoy

Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats.

She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person.

*Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)

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Reviews of Plague by Elizabeth McCoy

Hope Evey reviewed on Feb. 10, 2014

This is an excellent short story! The author weaves narrative around letters to tell an engaging story, with deep insights into the characters involved.

I definitely plan to read more in this series!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
C.R. Rice reviewed on March 7, 2013

Plague digs into a section of history of Cymelia and the (current) Lord Alchemist. When I first began reading it I was pleasantly surprised to find the book was written as ‘letters’ from the cast of characters to the others. Since one of my favorite books of all time is written like this (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) I was pretty stoked. Unfortunately, I was quickly disabused of this as the narrative switched from ‘letter’ to ‘person’. I found it jarring and couldn’t settle into the familiar rhythm I found so easy to get myself wrapped up in with Herb-Witch and Herb-Wife. That’s not to say it’s bad it’s sort of like whistling a jaunty tune and then humming it every third of the way. I didn’t like the way it flowed. It might be just me. Maybe I’m a persnickety bastard. No, correction I am a persnickety bastard. Still McCoy’s lively writing, witty dialogue, and attention to detail remain top-notch and more than makes up for what I consider this one failing. While reading Plague isn’t required for any of her other Cymelia novels I recommend it as it gives insight into some of the key characters of her other works.
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Nancy reviewed on Jan. 27, 2013

I agree with the previous reviewer that this book really whets one's appetite for the following stories.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Gareth Ellzey reviewed on Jan. 17, 2013

A prequel to the Herb-Witch/Herb-Wife duology, this rather grim little story gives depth and weight to Iathor, the male protagonist of the Lord Alchemist books. His serious, responsible character is illuminated during a time of trial. It can be read as a stand-alone story, but, warning, it will whet your appetite for the books to which it is an excellent prequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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