Wednesday, May 17, 2006


"Stains of the Past" by J. Kathleen Cheney visits a Byzantine-esque fantasy world where a psychically-gifted courtesan changes her life when she falls in love with a stoic soldier with a psychic talent of his own. It's archived from the February issue of The Sword Review.

The strength of this story is the narrator's wistful, lyrical voice. And the hero made me ache a bit, for his plight. Not sure I enjoyed the message about sex, but many of you will appreciate the more mainstream theme about romantic love. Yeah, yeah, not all of you out there are as out there as me. So here's a good one for you.

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