In this fantasy short story, a Highlands wise-woman must pit her craft against a wayward noblewoman and her fairy lover. More
In this fantasy short story, a Highlands wise-woman must pit her craft against a wayward noblewoman and her fairy lover.
"I know a good position when I see one, which doesn't explain how I ended up with Laird Rheagel of Roch Shan, he so tight with the Church and all. Indeed I was surprised that he accepted me. Not that I consider myself impious, mind you. I say the chants regularly and properly, and I wear the Sign. Actually, I am familiar with many signs, which is the problem. These young priests are so uppity. Their knowledge can't simply be best, but it must be only—and whoosh! a thousand years of learning dumped out the window with the bath water.
"But I say a girl has to be careful, especially when she's seen as many winters as I have and is no longer often called a girl. So I try to keep on the good side of all the heavens, although some are more easily satisfied than others. I won't say I was driven out of my previous home, but when the eggs are rotten, I don't stay for the omelet: and when the local priest denounced me as a witch, I left.
"Although as far as that goes, he was right."
(Originally published in Dragon #207, reprinted by permission of the author.)
Stephanie A. Cain
on April 18, 2014 :
What an engaging narrator this story has! I wished I could have spent more time with her. Very cannily written in the tradition of an old faerie story, this hints at some lovely mythology while the reader wonders how the mystery will end. Really enjoyed this.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 26, 2013 :
I loved this story, I wish it was a novel, I didn't want it to end. The writing style fitted perfectly with the subject. Had the feel of an old Scottish tale. I'd like more please.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 18, 2013 :
Very well written. I love the author's way with words, the images she portrays. This is a well told tale that builds the suspense and wraps it up neatly in a tidy little package.
A few minor typos and some scattered uneven wording left me confused here and there, which is why I give it a 4 star. Otherwise it's a solid 5.
Read it aloud and you'll catch them yourself.