This is the next short story in the series of short stories in this book. Click Here to see the first review and a link list of the other stories I’ve reviewed in this book.
The Horse Raiders
Thus far, this is the longest of the collection of short stories by Kij Johnson. It took me quite a while to get through this story. Not only because my check-out expired, but also because it was the least entertaining for me.
This story follows a young girl named Katia, a member of the Winden horse tribe who are brutally massacred by a band of marauders from the Empire. Their intent was to steal the tribes horses and take Katia whom they discovered had skill as a healer.
I had a very hard time following all of the seemingly made up places. It was hard to follow where they were going and why and what role the Empire had in all of this. It turns out, the marauders’ horses were plagued with disease, but the Winden horses seemed to be unaffected by this. Katia was expected to save the horses. If she were to fail then the fate of the Empire was at risk. I am not entirely sure why, though.
Overall, the story didn’t flow very well and seemed a bit boring. Perhaps others will read it and think it was a genius piece of work, I simply wasn’t feeling this one.