Patrick Rothfuss. The Road to Levinshir. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2009)

Originally in : Subterranean – Dark Tales of Fantasy.

A wandering bard opens the story, which was not a good start for me, as I have some kind of allergy to fantasy featuring bards, wizards, princesses and so forth. Fortunately, this is an altogether darker take on fantasy tropes, exploring some of the nasty things that could happen in fantasy worlds. Truth be told, it explores some of the nasty things that could happen anywhere, and there’s not a huge amount of fantasy in there, and could easily be recast as a Western, an Eastern European Romany story etc.

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