Title: Witch, Cat, and Cobb
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Pendragon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: October 14, 2015
Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides that the only option for escape is to run away. Upon the announcement of this plan, her trusted pet cat reveals he can talk by asking that she take him along. Listening to his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch proves to be a very bad idea, but Breanwynne would rather face a witch any day than be forced to marry a prince.
This short story was addicting and completely adorable. The characters grabbed me instantly and the ‘Cat’ in the title, Fen, had me chuckling from the first few lines. The interactions were well planned and some were downright funny. While there were some word repeat issues (just a habit of using a single word, in this case ‘Swamp’ several times in a few sentences) and a section near the end where things got a little muddled over who was who, overall it was well done and driven. My only major complaint is that it wasn’t longer! I loved the progression of the story and the eventual outcome. The twists provided by the author were wonderful and kept a smile on my face. I would definitely recommend this one for a quick, fun read.
J. K. Pendragon is a genderqueer author hailing from British Columbia, Canada. They have been writing and telling stories from a young age, and enjoy writing in a variety of different genres, although their home-base is fantasy and speculative fiction. J.K. came to the queer romance genre through m/m, but has since branched off to writing f/f and trans stories as well, believing strongly in the importance of diversity in romance and media in general. A social recluse at heart, J.K. likes peace and solitude, with the exception of attention from their doting partner and cold disdain from their overlord/cat. You can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them at @JKPendragon.