She fled. Such disgrace, such a flighty girl. Not suited for this world.
Excellent. Appropriately published in Uncanny Magazine (May/Jun 2021). Unseelie draws the reader into a mysterious business, run by mysterious people. The novelette protagonist finds her vocation and more as she is drawn into the atelier which figured so prominently in her life.
“Remember, Sera, just because someone hires you doesn’t mean they can make you do anything they want. Or that you owe them.”
Wilde creates an inner tension in Sera which electrifies the entire story. Secret, craft, and family are all revealed at the right time and in the right way. Immensely satisfying.
Never accept a contract without knowing your own worth.
(2022 Hugo Award Best Novelette Finalist)