Another month, another issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Well, it's another good one. Again, two stories by two authors I'm unfamiliar with. The attractive cover features the "The Frost Valley" by Jorge Jacinto.
Clearly, the best thing about going through the magazines each month is discovering scads of new (to me authors). I know I've written that before, but when I find someone who writes a story as well as "Beheaded by Peasants" by James L. Sutter it bears repeating. Not giving a single thing away, it's set in a post-Apocalyptic Pennsylvania somewhere to left of "Redbeard" and "Coming of the Horseclans". In the wake of unexpected tragedy, the Princess Alana of Appalachia is forced to reexamine what she thought were strongly held beliefs. There's no action in story and only a single scene of magic. Any mystery behind the title is cleared up about half way through the story, and still remains an intriguing story. An excellent story about sacrifice in the service of greater things, I'm looking forward to tracking down and reading some other stories by Sutter.
Living in the highest stories of the city of L'Echelle, a place of giant balconies and terraces, the noblewoman Ivette du Brielle, dares all as the daring adventuress, the Crimson Kestrel. In L'Echelle the nobles and wealthy live high above the shadowed streets and tenements of the lower classes. "The Crimson Kestrel" by Leslianne Wilder is an exciting tale of derring-do. Set in a lush, ancien regime style world, "The Crimson Kestrel" has spies, thieves, over-the-hill noblewomen and royal treasures (AND spider robots). Fun is the best word to describe this lush bit of swashbuckling.
So there you go. Once again BCS has sent a good pair of good stories their readers' way.