The plot is tight and suspenseful; the style is simple and not detracting; the characters are realistically drawn and motivated; the dojo setting is vivid; the overall reading experience compelled me to keep reading. Minor characters can be flat at times—for instance, Nick’s company partner Flash is a stereotypical (but loveable) computer geek who saves the day. I thought the major themes, conflicting love and the ethics of chi manipulation, traditional but polished.
- Sounds for Crustaceans
by Addison Smith
- What is Mercy?
by Amal Singh Author spotlight
- Lost Portals
by Mark S. Bailen (available on 9/21)
- An Arrangement of Moss and Dirt
by K.P. Kulski (available on 9/28)
- Editorial: September 2021
by Arley Sorg and Christie Yant
- Interview: Jennifer Marie Brissett
by Arley Sorg (available on 9/28)
- The Herbalist
by Oluwatomiwa Ajeigbe
- The Forbidden Path to Forgetting
by Daniel Ausema (available on 9/21)
This issue's cover art by
Thana Wong / Adobe Stock Image.