Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review of "The Wyrd for Water is Water" by Marie Croke

"The Wyrd for Water is Water" by Marie Croke appeared in Daily Science Fiction on January 10, 2013.  A little girl, part of a race of persecuted wizards, plots an escape from prison using the only magic word she knows."  This story is not for the faint of heart--there are disturbing references to torture and injustice and a rather gruesome eye loss scene.

The author notes that sometimes our words are all that we have with which to fight.  In the story, words literally are power, are the things for which they stand.  This magic scheme is similar to that found in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance series, but Ms. Croke has put her personal stamp on it.  Her gripping story sings of the indomitability of the human spirit even in the face of crushing hopelessness.  The rocket-dragons for this story are 7 out of 7.

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