Short Stories 366:187 — “No Man of Woman Born,” by Ana Mardoll

The penultimate story in No Man of Woman Born is also the story that shares the title with the collection as a whole, and as I've been saying throughout this collection, each story seems to nudge up my enjoyment factor a little bit more. Here, we meet Innes, a young boy who has a complicated … Continue reading Short Stories 366:187 — “No Man of Woman Born,” by Ana Mardoll

Short Stories 366:173 — “Daughter of Kings,” by Ana Mardoll

Oh, how I loved this one. It's basically a shifted/adjusted re-telling of a sword-in-the-stone tale, but where the prophecy states it will be a woman heir to a particular family line, and, as always, Mardoll's take on this fantasy trope is through a trasngender or nonbinary lens, and this time, "Daughter of Kings," (found in … Continue reading Short Stories 366:173 — “Daughter of Kings,” by Ana Mardoll

Short Stories 366:166 — “His Father’s Son,” by Ana Mardoll

Another swing-and-a-hit from No Man of Woman Born, a collection of prophecy-busting fantasy with transgender and nonbinary leads. "His Father's Son" brings us to young Nocien, a survivor of a terrible assault that wiped out most of his family camp, who is living with those who found him when he managed to escape. Learning swordplay, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:166 — “His Father’s Son,” by Ana Mardoll

Short Stories 366:159 — “King’s Favor,” by Ana Mardoll

Hi, my name is 'Nathan and I am a collection hoarder. (Hi, 'Nathan!) Okay, as Pride Month continues, I've been grabbing from my giant freaking stack of queer short fiction collections and anthologies I've owned for (mumble-mumble) years, and diving back in and holy crap, why did I wait so long to get back to … Continue reading Short Stories 366:159 — “King’s Favor,” by Ana Mardoll

Sunday Shorts—Tangled Nets by Ana Mardoll

"Tangled Nets" launches No Man of Woman Born, Mardoll's collection of short fiction featuring characters who "aren’t special because they are trans, they are special and they are trans" and I am so on board. Set in the remains of a place once part of a larger kingdom (now a shoreline village with many families eking out survival from … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—Tangled Nets by Ana Mardoll