Featuring new cover art for early Spring 2018: “Island Outpost” by Stephan Meisl.

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes

Leu wiped the plate clean—his eyes on the pot—and then, swiftly, like a bird plunging into water, scooped the egg free with a slotted spoon. From the spice pouch around his neck he took a pinch of Fera sea salt to bring out the flavor. (I always slow my hand as I lower the last flake of salt, to draw out the moment, to make the diners lean forward. When you recreate this dish, you must think how you wish to present your egg, what part of the war you wish this dish to tell.)

Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane

A pounding at the door chased away the need for words. Cyra's face lost its brief malaise and found the fear it had held a week prior. Adia put a finger to her lips. She led the girl to the cupboard across the room. She whispered for her to be strong. To be brave. And to keep silent. Then she hid her away in shadow.

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Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane

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Adia's fingers found the blade hidden in the folds of her kirtle. She dismissed the pang of guilt at the thought of what she now must do.
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By Appointment to the Throne
Getting up early enough to open a kitchen hurts.