Friday, December 20, 2013

Short Story Review - “Four Sisters” by Regine Allison Claire


“Four Sisters” by Regine Allison Claire!

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Fallow Glyph daydreams during class, asks too many questions and pushes the rules. Even worse, he is haunted by strange nightmares and is fascinated by the Border, the monstrous black wall that all villagers in Wyndeswytch must avoid … or face punishment.

When his feet lead him to the Border, Fallow is determined to find out what is on the other side. What he discovers is nothing like what he anticipated. Caught in the middle of a violent feud between two families of elemental spirits, Fallow finds he must resolve the conflict if he wants to stay alive.
Can an unremarkable teenager become a hero?

My Thoughts

Fallow knows it's forbidden, but he can't help but feel drawn to the Border--a huge wall the villagers are forbidden to cross. One day, he cuts school, packs a lunch and follows the wall, looking to see if it ever ends. It seems to go on forever, but in one stop he finds a crack. He manages to sneak over the wall. At first, it all seems unremarkable. Then while walking across a frozen lake, he sees a woman trapped beneath the ice. Before he can help her, another warrior woman scares him away. But he can't get the Border of his mind, so Fallow goes back to free the woman in the ice. What he finds is that the Border is really an enchanted land that has become a prison for two feuding sets of sisters.  The odd thing is, their stories are so similar, Fallow finds it hard to believe they are as different as they think. Can a mortal boy bridge the gap between elemental  spirits? You'll have to read the story to find out.

I really enjoyed this fast faced tale, set in the fictional land of Wyndeswytch. I loved the old world feel of the village from the strict teacher to the wise old elders. The sisters on the other side of the wall were all enchanting and beautifully  described. Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy tale will definitely love this short story.


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