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Yanni Kuznia (ed.)
A Fantasy Medley 3 (Anthology)
Subterranean Press (US: 31st December 2015)
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In “Goddess at the Crossroads”, Kevin Hearne shares an episode from the past of Atticus O’Sullivan, revealing how one night’s dark encounter with the cult of Hecate served as inspiration for Shakespeare’s witches in the Scottish play. With “Ashes”, Laura Bickle revisits Detroit arson investigator and powerful spirit medium Anya Kalinczyk as she, her five-foot-long salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades’ Charon pursue a destructive fire elemental named the Nain Rouge through the city’s festival in his dubious honour. “The Death of Aiguillon” finds Aliette de Bodard exploring an episode sixty years prior to the start of her latest novel, The House of Shattered Wings, in which the survivors of an ongoing magical conflict in Paris eke out a grim existence, and one woman’s wish for a better life is granted at a terrible price. And in “One Hundred Ablutions”, Jacqueline Carey tells the tale of Dala – a young woman chosen by her people’s overlords to be an exalted slave among slaves – and of the twining in her life of ritual, rebellion, and redemption.