Morrigan Mederos is tired of being famous, stalked, and harassed. As a musician and poet her life is one big nightmare of paparazzi and other unsavory lurkers, and she is ready to quit. So she plans for an early retirement for a year and then “suddenly” withdraws from publicity and settles in a little anonymous Scottish town that she is inexplicably drawn to. Once there, vague dreams that have been haunting her for months solidify and become both terrifying and alluring, as does the man Az who figures in them.
The problem with really short fantasy stories is that there is not a lot of time to convince the audience that your fantastical creatures, plot, etc. are believable. This is really important for fantasy versus reality fiction. I am a fan of Ms. King and even this story. It is written well as far as overall plot and pacing, but I had a hard time believing in a blood-drinking, wing-wearing, water-dwelling alien race. Hot, yes. Believable? Not so much. Really, would any water-dwelling race have wings? Swimming would be a serious drag — literally. While I like the idea of the Icari as a race, I think this one had too much going on, and I think sticking with either wing-wearing or water-dwelling would have improved the story. But I stand by my earlier comment. I like Ms. King as a writer, Icarus overall a sound investment and a quick read.
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- Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-41992-969-4
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