Issue #153
August 07, 2014

Featuring new cover art: “Pillars” by Tomas Honz.


Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land

The man hesitates a moment, looking me over. I will eat the core if that is what he demands. I have come too far not to keep going; have yielded what little I was born with except my honor. If I stop now, I will retain nothing.

Make No Promises

My left eye has always been weak, where I will lose it fighting to defend the fortress against my sister’s return. My sister has always been the better fencer—she will be faster than I, sure and swift, her blade striking before I can even unsheathe my own sword. She will fall short, though, misjudge the distance, and though I will lose the eye, I will not die as she intended.

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I could not answer her. I had no memory of doing anything besides preparing the topaz.
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From the Archives:
Over a Narrow Sea
It's not mutton burning, of course; it's all my uncle's counselors, champions, and guests trapped under the rubble of the fortress.