The Queen in Winter, by Clare Delacroix, Sharon Shinn, Lynn Kurland, and Sarah Monette

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An excellent short story collection by four women writers. These lovely fantasy tales all touch upon the title theme but take it in different directions. In Kurland’s story, a kidnapped princess can never return home if she follows the man she loves; in Shinn’s story, a follow-up to a brief scene from her Twelve Houses series, a young mother of a magical child relies on her sister to keep her and the baby safe; Delacroix’s tale is a feminist retelling of The Snow Queen, beautifully done with a modern twist; and in Monette’s story a swordswoman for hire has to solve a murder in which she’s the most likely suspect. Four wonderful reads.
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