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An old story: Girl who must marry for duty falls in love with boy who cannot fulfill that duty. The boy goes away to war, and war takes him; he never returns.
But this story is slightly different. The boy was given leave to return, in the casement of his god’s flesh, and the girl, leave to spend one night with him. The night was glorious.
The morning was terrible.
And after?

This story. More

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About Michelle West

I write novels for DAW books. There are 11 books in total, over three different, but connected series:

Hunter’s Oath
Hunter’s Death

Broken Crown
Uncrowned King
Shining Court
Sea of Sorrows
Riven Shield
Sun Sword

Hidden City
City of Night
House Name

Over the years, I’ve written novellas tied into the universe in which these novels are set, and all but one are out of print. So I’m here, in part, to at least make the stories available as epubs from here on :)

I *also* write novels as Michelle Sagara, for Mira & for DAW:

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Estara Swanberg reviewed on Aug. 16, 2011

Just like the blurb says - I finally find out what happened to Cynthia and if she could live with Stephen's loss.
And we get a first look at the importance of her son - who, as is explained in the introduction, will have a major role to play in the Essalieyan Universe if the books are released that far.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
hish reviewed on July 21, 2011

A lovely story that satisfies some of my hunger to know what happened to some of my favorite characters (and their descendants) after we last met them in Michelle West's epic Sun Sword and Hunter's Death series. We also get delicious hints to events in future books. Thank you, Michelle for making this short story available online.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
samlh reviewed on July 11, 2011

I quite enjoyed this story, as I had wondered for years what would happen next in Breodanir. The story was well written, and the climax was satisfying. Of course, the story makes me hungry for more, especially about who Nenyane is, but the story still works well as a standalone.
I am glad that these short stories are being published online because it gives me a chance to read more of one of my favorite series. I am not very good at searching out short stories in various collections, but now that they are easily available, I have no excuse :).
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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