... from this world, Mr Bacigalupi!
Having read the The Windup Girl
written by this author I was intrigued.
And this short story didn't disappoint me.
The history of the city of Khaim, about to be invaded of the inhabitants of Lesser Khaim, is also the story of him, the minor magician but also handyman and alchemist that only wants to stop the Bramble to progress.
Bramble - a plant that is feeded by the use of MAGIC.
The Elder Ones lived with magic - and condemned their world to a life always more and more constrained by that Bramble...
Jeoz the Alchemist has constructed a Balanthast - an apparatus able to burn the bramble and its evil roots.
But the Merry Mayor with the help of Scacz the Magician will find a wholly new use for this invention.
Our Alchemist will held prisoner, daughter and girlfried in the hands of the mighty ones. Until ...
Yes - that You will have to disvover ...
I enjoyed the story very much - together with the "twin story" The Executioness
written by Tobias S. Buckell, placed on the same world and likewise a fantastic read!
Try something new sometimes - It's worth it...