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


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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