Poul & Karen Anderson



(in ĎAfter the King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkiení)


This one rates an A if only because itís the only story in the book that stuck in my mind later, and I felt like reading it again. I was surprised to find it was written by Poul Anderson - Iíve just read him in standard Sci-fi short story settings.


A natty little story, but set up as if part of a wider history (dare I say Tolkien-esque). The dialogue between kids is a bit naff, but the idea works, and the mood is excellent. It works a lot in hints - the adults are barely mentioned in the story, but they come across as both straight, honest folk, and as the stuff of legends when their children are threatened.


Very satisfying.


July 2002