The Lover of Lord Eithra is the first of a series of three stories by Leigh Ann Hussey (1961-2006) that were originally published in Fantasy Book Magazine in the mid-1980s. This first story introduces a young woman, Luc'hessen, who's cursed to be a sword by day and a woman or a sword by night. She winds up in the hands of Eithras, a young nobleman whose principle is to be unprincipled. Through his encounter and relationship with Luc'hessen, Eithras learns the value of honor.
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Vivid Imagery, Outstanding Reading
Excellent short-fiction structure, good scene structure, pacing right on the button, and the point comes across bright and clear.
Eithras, the main character is very real - feeling mis-cast in his social role and so vulnerable to seduction. But he learns from his mistake, and matures into a person we can trust. The main subject is "Possession" -- the characters get "taken over" and must fight free.
Because Colin Hussey was the reader on one of my anthologies, Through The Moon Gate, I really shouldn't try to give an impartial evaluation of his skills -- but the thing is, he has my personal combination down pat. I just love his interpretations of Characters.
This one is very short so it was easy to fit into an evening. But Colin Hussey gives you that "can't put it down" feeling.
If you like this short, you will probably love this series -- this piece introduces a whole world, with its rules of magic and practicality as well as social structures constraining Characters' actions. It gives you the problems the Hero has to confront and a hint of what he must become to emerge a winner. In other words, this piece is a nice springboard, or what they call in TV, a "Pilot Episode." I think it ought to be picked up for Web Radio, podcast, or something, with lots of actors and background music, full production. Could make a Netflix Original Series -- it is that vividly visual.