When we talk about what makes modern epic fantasy good, we are likely to point to the depiction of intricate political systems and ensuing moral complexity for which the genre offers space. But centring colonialism within a fantasy narrative calls into question the need to ensure nuance: the reader is unlikely to be conflicted.
Dreams were extensive and exhausting projects, not to mention expensive. Nightmares, on the other hand, were quick.
A low-slung hoverlimo, which coiled upward
From a Shadow Grave is both haunting and haunted.
The constant progression of ideas and themes is a little like throwing all the ingredients from the cupboard into a pan; while there are some interesting and even enjoyable flavours, the overall effect is both overwhelming and unsatisfying.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons fiction podcast, editor Kat Kourbeti presents Lisabelle Tay's "Surat Dari Hantu".
Back then, a nail to the neck meant a man wanted you as his wife.