Thought I’d post a brief review of my favorite short story in the Wizards collection. You can pick it up from Amazon below…
At any rate, the story was an introduction to a new series Orson Scott Card is publishing in early 2008. The story was about a boy, Runnel, unloved by his family who eventually leaves home to find his own way in the world, stumbling across a city of wizards. He comes to work for a stone wizard and not only meets new friends, but gains a fresh understanding about himself and his place in the world.
What was interesting to me was the theme that each of us has some mystic powers in the world, if only we’d open our eyes and recognize them for what they are. Runnel meets a girl, Lark, who becomes his friend as another of the servants for the wizard’s household. And though she knows she has some ability in a given area (she can influence birds), she doesn’t see herself as a wizard and so never develops those abilities.
It was an uplifting story of change and hope. Definitely one of the best fantasy short stories I’ve read lately. The anthology was a bit hit and miss, though has some good stories as well. It was just nice that they chose to end the collection with Card’s story – as it was amazing.
Anyway… Hope everyone is doing well. If you pick up the book, let me know what you think of Card’s short story the “Stonefather”.