Short Story review: Heart of the Moon by Tanith Lee from the Winter Moon Anthology

Anyone who has read Tanith Lee knows that her work can be dark and is extremely well researched ancient culture stories.

This tale starts with a warrior woman finding out that her best friend and her lover have been having an affair. In a culture very reminiscent of what ancient amazons would have been we find out just how justice is done. Battling both her male lover and her female best friend in single combat, she defeats them and exiles them. Just before they leave her once friend comes back to curse her and our story begins.

Like much of Ms Lee’s work this is a study of culture and relationships in a way that we don’t expect. Now this story for a time had me rolling my eyes with what I assumed was a commentary that the heroine should not have done but wisely I continued to read this tale.

By the end you come to understand that this tale is a woman’s path through guilt to understanding herself. A well written tale by another master of the craft.

Changing the World by Mercedes Lackey

This short story has a companion in it, like Ms Lackey’s Valdemar tales but with a twist.

Set in the world we all know and live in this is actually a little bit funny. Take a reporter on he look out for a scoop about jockeys and horseracing. Have him head out into a rural place to meet up with his source, check. Now have that source turn out to be a Companion, who says he is vacationing in a Horse’s paradise, Kentucky.

With that beginning we have a different tale from a master of fiction. Dave is the reporter and he is given a tale with a lot of nods to Ms Lackey’s other series along with an interesting view on politics and history. Is it just possible that all the most important figures of the past had a Companion helping them along the way? Why not read this short story and find out?

Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara from Harvest Moon anthology

This second story in this anthology is very different from the first. The main character is a 13 year old girl. This short story is more intense than the first in the book, filled with creatures other than human.

There has been a series of murders of children in the city and this is pretty much a murder mystery/cop procedural done in a fantasyscape. Wasn’t sure at the beginning but by half way through this story I was invested in the outcome. Thanks to this little tale I think I will look into Michelle Sagara for more reading material. I like this world for sure.

short story review: Bewitching the Werewolf

While this was a short story and well written I took a star off for pacing. We went from the introduction of the two characters to the conclusion in under five minutes! Just moved way too fast. Yes, this is two fantasy creatures but come on we need a wee bit more build up to the conclusion of this little tale. I can only hope that this writer’s longer works are paced better.

short story review: Banshee Cries by CE Murphy from Winter Moon Anthology

A Joanne Walker short story, this tale is a great way to be introduced to the the half cherokee/half Irish heroine of the Urban Shaman series.

In this tale Joanne has returned from her mother’s death bed to work back in Seattle. Before she left she was one of the mechanics in charge of the police car pool but because she was gone longer than expected her job was filled by someone else and she is forced into being a beat cop by Captain Morrison, her boss.

she is called early in the morning to go to local park where a body has been found that is a tad strange. In checking things out she finds out that there are two more bodies hidden under the snow.

A mix of shamanism and car metaphors this novella is both interesting and different. I truly find this character one of the better characters in this genre. Paranormal fantasy instead of paranormal romance.