“Now would be a good time to go, to fly west into the sun with no one to see. Except he didn’t appear to be doing that.”
Anthologies set in the world or featuring the cast of an author’s invented universe allow her to explore side issues, deepen characters and promote the greater series–especially when said short stories are offered free or included in other anthologies. Fans get a fix of a favored setting; new readers can sample without committing to a full novel. So it is here. Not great literature, not even as good as the Raksura novels, but enjoyable nonetheless.
“He had learned from bitter experiences not to try to explain unexplainable things.”