For a short story, "Year of the Mountain Lion" is packed with rich detail, an imaginative plot, and strong writing. It left me wanting more, as any good story should, and I found myself intrigued by the protagonist Jolan and her backstory. There was a good tension throughout, and enough hints to a much wider universe and cast. But ultimately, this story is about Jolan and her own personal journey in exile.
The cover art by John Dotegowski is gorgeous, also rich in detail, and perfectly captures the type of character Jolan is - brave, resourceful, and independent.