First Lines: Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories

Having finished Bradley P. Beaulieu’s The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy, moving on to his short stories seemed logical. So, I dived into Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories, got distracted several times, but finished it in the end.

Passage collects several short stories, covering a bunch of fantasy sub-genres and set in many different worlds. There are two more of tales of Anuskaya, there’s steampunk, Japanese influences, Middle-eastern settings, a tale that screamed “Romans!” at me, something vaguely Buddhistic and, perhaps my favorite, “Prey to the Gods”, where a man is forced to kill the Deer-god Itekwa.

As a bonus, I tacked on Upon the Point of a Knife, a (once free for download) story of demons and possession.

Book read
Bradley P. Beaulieu — Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories
First line
Al-Ashmar sat cross-legged in the tent of Gadn ak Hulavar and placed his patient, a spotted cat, onto a velvet pillow. (from In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat)
Story read
Bradley P. Beaulieu — Upon the Point of a Knife
First line
As the sun set over Providence, Jonah Bloom lay at the end of Dorrance Street where the street gave over to the railroad tracks.