The mark Jahna Uhlfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of the winter holiday known as Delyalda, there’s nowhere to escape and no one to save her from the inevitable taunts and mockery.
I first read this just a couple months ago and since it’s short, when it popped into my head this morning decided to re-read it. The age difference feels a little weird, and I don’t like the first time skip because it seems like something would give sooner than it did — the second time skip works better. I feel like it’s a good length for the story but I feel like bumping the action ahead a year or two at the start and eliminating or shortening the two-year time jump would help with both problems. There were a few glaring typos / edits that didn’t get cleaned up (as a percent of the story, I know there weren’t that many, but they were a bit distracting).
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Read in 2021 – Tracy Durnell mentioned this bookmark on tracydurnell.com.