Charles Payseur reviews “The Cook”

Beautiful thoughts from Charles over at his own blog, Quick Sip Reviews on my story, “The Cook.” It’s a f/f fantasy story with a nod to the old guard fantasy stories I grew up reading. It’s always a pleasure when he reviews my work because he really understands my intent and even peels back a few more layers.

No Spoilers: …The piece moves quickly, establishing first meeting and how the two get closer. And closer. Finding in each other something that brings out the best in both of them, like the perfect wine paired with the perfect meal. And they find something rarer still—love, and intimacy in a setting where wars seem fairly common, and the narrator’s life is never very certain. I love the amount of romance and emotion that the story fits into such a small span, and it’s a testament to the writing (which instantly conjures up a scene very familiar to fantasy fans but with a new depth and aroma) that I got so invested in this relationship to the point that the turn, when it comes, shook me…

You can read the rest of this review and his review for the other June Uncanny stories here! You can also read his review of my first published story, Sisyphus, over here.

He also recommended it on June’s “X Marks the Story” at Book Smugglers, where I’m in some awesome company, like A. Merc Rustad, Ada Hoffman, and quite a few others. He says, among a few other things, “The piece is sexy and sweet without erasing that the narrator, as a warrior, lives always with a specter hovering over her.”

Who doesn’t like sexy and sweet?


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