Tangent Online – Twenty Epics edited by David Moles and Susan Marie Groppi

Another Twenty Epics review, this time at Tangent Online

My favorite story in this collection is “Bound Man” by Mary Robinette Kowal. Ripped from the past while playing with her two children in her courtyard, legendary “warrior-god” Li Reiko finds herself six-thousand years in the future where she has been summoned to slay the Troll King. Halldór the warrior-priest has invoked her presence to save his lord, Duke Lárus, after bandits attack. Halldór agrees to become her bound man if she will save Lárus’s life with her healing power. But once that’s accomplished and she awakens back at their village, she refuses to fulfill her destiny and slay the Troll King. That is, until the trolls attack and take the village women hostage.

There’s a lot more to this fine story than that brief synopsis, but I don’t want to spoil it. Written in lucid prose, this tale has the true feel of an epic. And while it has a most satisfactory conclusion, I felt like I was reading the first chapter of a fast-paced novel getting off to an excellent start. I don’t know if the author has any intention of becoming a novelist, but I have no doubt she could. Kowal is a talent to watch.

In fact, I have already begun plotting a novel set in this world, but it didn’t occur to me until after the story was written.

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6 thoughts on “Tangent Online – Twenty Epics edited by David Moles and Susan Marie Groppi”

  1. Oh wow! How grand to read that someone else also thinks Mary Robinette Kowal has the talents belonging to a first rate novelist!
    Congratulations Mary.

  2. Congratulations! It is amazing to think that I am related to a gifted writer, especially considering my grades in English.
    Just dont ever forget that you are a puppeteer.

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