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2016 Story 33

Today's story also comes from the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5, edited by Mike Allen:

33. THE MIRROR-CITY by Marie Brennan.  I would say that Brennan's story qualifies as urban fantasy on the grounds that the city the story takes place in is as much a character as the main character himself. On a day that ends the city-wide mourning for the death of the previous Giovane, Mafeo sneaks across the streets of La Specchia to avoid not only the city-guards but also seeing his own reflection in any glass, metal or water. He's trying to avoid a fate he never thought he'd be chosen for, and the story alternates between the city's populace's superstitions about what will happen if anyone were to see their own reflection before the new Giovane sees his, and Mafeo's reflections on why he's attempting to flee the city. It's a fast moving tale that feels vast and intimate at the same time.

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