Thursday, June 19, 2014
[Rogues] Matthew Hughes: "The Inn of the Seven Blessings"
This time we're back to fantasy, and if I have to compare it to other fantasy, I'd say this is a tale that easily could have taken place in Steven Erikson's Malazan world, by way of certain plot elements, such as the rather cynical, gritty world juxtaposed with powerful magic and gods, and the type of characters presented. Yes, all this in a short story, yet it works really well with a nice pace, interesting encounters that keep you hanging on until the finale. The story works all the way through, as well, and the ending is both humorous and clever, I think. That's the third story in a row in Rogues I really like. My skepticism for Martin's anthology editing is now gone (although I preferred he had spent that time doing The Winds of Winter but who knows maybe this kind of work recharges his batteries of ice and fire).
Posted by R.J. at 2:43 AM