Jan 26th, 2018, A Feather in Her Cap by Mary Robinette Kowal, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, Jan/Feb 2018

This story is light on speculative aspects. While it may fall into the realm of fantasy, it reads more like historical fiction.

The protagonist, Biantera, is a hat maker in what seems to be a fictional Italian town. She’s also an assassin who poisons people. When she completes a job for a wealthy client who refuses to pay, she asks her friend, Evario (a thief), to get her into this mansion and rob the safe while she delivers a poisonous¬†message to this man who has cheated her.

It’s a straightforward adventure story with few surprises. It is, however, well written and I found myself really enjoying the time I spent with Biantera and Evario. I’d really like to read about them more, actually, and hope to see more stories about these two in the future. (B)

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