Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: Spell Weaver
AUTHOR: Megan Derr
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 41 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2016
Myka’s dream was to someday own his shop, making and spelling suits that were prized throughout the world. Instead, he rejected an apprenticeship with a master who proved to be reprehensible—and touchable—and lost everything. Now, he works in a derelict shop in the wrong part of town, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught spelling without a license or thrown out by his odious landlord.
The only bright part of his days are the occasional visits from his best client, Johan, a man who works in the palace and always brings the finest suits to have spelled. When he accidentally leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball, Myka takes it, determined to have one evening where he can enjoy himself—and perhaps even spend time with Johan as something other than a spell weaver.
Spell Weaving is highly regulated with severe punishments for those who break the Crown’s rules. Which is why Myka doesn’t dare tell anyone that he is operating without a licence. He has no desire to end up in jail…but he also has no desire to end up living on the streets. So he keeps his head down, struggles each month to pay the rent on his little shop, and hopes that he can get along just a bit longer without bringing trouble to his doorstep. But trouble comes in all shapes and sizes, and if lusting after one of his few wealthy clients isn’t trouble in the making, well he doesn’t know what is.
Megan Derr fairy-tales are some of my favorite. She just has a wonderful way of breathing life into stories told a million times over. Here in the tale that resembles Cinderella in some fashion (a ball, forgotten items of clothing, ect…) we get to see Myka weave his magic not only over the clothes under his fingers, but over the readers as well.
While I would have loved a more in depth picture of the magic and magical world this takes place in, this short story is still enchanting. The characters are, of course, well written, and by the end of the story I couldn’t help but feel sad that it was over. Like with most things that Derr writes, I am left feeling like I could happily read another 100 pages of this story (and still want more even after that).
Very much recommend if you are looking for a short story with a great backdrop and very nice romance.