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The Bone Swans of Amandale

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The Bone Swans of Amandale

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Author: C.S.E. Cooney
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2016
Mythic Delirium, 2015

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Fairytale Fantasy
Mythic Fiction (Fantasy)
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Nebula-nominated Novella

This is a riff on the Pied Piper story, told by a shapeshifting rat who's in love with a shapeshifting Swan Princess. This one has that mythic logic, too: it's all about sacrifices made at the right time for the right reasons, getting back things that aren't quite what you wanted, and the very hard reality of ritual magic. The tone is irreverent and offbeat, almost too much so at points, but it works; without the protagonist's rattishness, the story might come across as far too stuffy or overblown. Instead, the odd mix of tones makes for a fairly compelling story of magic people and magic places. -- Brit Mandelo,

Collected in The Bone Swans (2015). The story can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016, edited by Paula Guran.

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The Bone Swans of Amandale

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