Science fantasy novella Tower of Mud and Straw was shortlisted for the Nebula Award and received a Kirkus Star
“This marvelous SF tale about dangerous technology offers sublime stretches that will warrant revisiting.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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The Tower in Owenbeg
...behind it, there was something vast, something dark, a stretch of an evening sky pasted onto midday. To say the tower was colossal was to compare a volcano to a matchstick: it was a mountain’s trunk, freed from the foothills, and the scattering of villages in its shadow could’ve been cardboard toys.
Queen Daelyn built a tower,
Took gold from every man,
Breast milk from every mother.
Queen Daelyn sent her servant—
To oversee the deed…
…the servant wasn’t smart enough—
And he got promptly {killed?...}