Short Stories 366:194 — “The Wish-Giver,” by Ana Mardoll

With this story, my journey through the transgender and nonbinary fantasy stories of No Man of Woman Born concludes, and I have to say it ends on a lovely, gentle note. "The Wish-Giver" almost feels like a fairy tale, in that the set-up starts large and winnows down: we hear about a dragon capable of … Continue reading Short Stories 366:194 — “The Wish-Giver,” by Ana Mardoll

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