Fantasy with a female lead, Alekra, a retired duellist who we see at the opening of the story having a finger removed – not through injury, but through choice. There’s the usual medieval fantasy setting, but she’s a well-drawn character, and the nature of the duelling, and the reason behind the finger removal, and the haunts of the title, give the story strength.
- Lavie Tidhar. Filaments. (Interzone #249, Nov-Dec 2013)
- Alex Irvine. For All of Us Down Here. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2014)