“Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El–Mohtar
fantasy , Review , short stories / August 16, 2017

“Seasons of Glass and Iron” is the HUGO 2017 winner for best short story and was published on Uncanny Magazine Issue 13: November/December 2016 and originally published in The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. Summary: Tabitha has to wear seven pairs of painful iron magical shoes in a row until they wear out. In her journey she meets Amira: A princess that has placed herself on the top of a glass hill.  Analysis: Two fairy-tales collide into one so to find solace to each other. A story that is allegorical about patriarchic societies and women facing oppressive men and rules set by men. These two women feel that it’s only natural to endure these ordeals until each gets to know the other’s and understand that they don’t deserve it. The only way to go forward and remove their bonds is by solidarity and love. Also the numbers which are used as magical are one and seven. There can be multiple meanings behind these numbers such as their biblical meaning which are unity (1) and completeness (7). The writing is in a ways lyrical which is to be expected due to Amal El-Mohtar’s previous work. Most of the story seems to…

“Redcap” by Carrie Vaughn
Review / February 10, 2017

This is the review for “Redcap” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Nightmare Magazine’s January 2017 Issue. Summary: Violet is the youngest of three sisters and she is trusted to take care of the sheep. Her sisters warn her daily about the dangers lurking outside the house, and as these things go, one day she meets one of them. Pros: + The fairytale/folktale atmosphere. + The vivid descriptions and the lore. Cons: –  The self-referential ending made the story blow out a bit.   You can read the story here