Title: The Broken Forest
Author Name: Megan Derr
Publication Date & Length: March 18th, 2015 – 60 pages
When women and children begin to vanish, the people of Edge village summon a Huntress. Though she is long due for a break and exhausted from her previous assignment, Adamina accepts the assignment and heads for Edge. But when she arrives, the simple assignment she anticipated proves instead to be complicated—complicated enough she must consult with a witch. A beautiful, compelling witch that makes Adamina sharply aware of her own lonely life, and tempts her to make it less lonely.
I really appreciated how the elements regarding gender and sexual fluidity were simply a matter of fact in the story’s context. They required no explanation, which would have been out of place in the fantasy setting. It was refreshing and much appreciated.
This is my favorite kind of fantasy, where it’s easy to become utterly lost and absorbed in the world the author has created. Even in such a short tale with little detailed world-building, I had a good sense of the characters and setting.
Beautifully written, and I will be looking for more of Ms. Derr’s work to read.