Review of Suzanne J. Willis, “Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring”, in Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones, and E. Catherine Tobler, Sword and Sonnet (Ate Bit Bear, 2018) — 163-172. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology.)
This is the first story in the anthology to be set in the future — a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has broken into factions and the enemy fears the power of the written word. In such a world, libraries become the bastions of rebellion and words tattooed upon skin provide one last barrier of protection — tattoos made from ink created from the ashes of the books that were burned, libraries filled with books made of word indelible not upon vellum but upon a different sort of skin.
This story in all rights should be horribly, terribly gruesome and macabre. But it just isn’t, and that is what makes it so magical.
One thought on “REVIEW: “Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring” by Suzanne J. Willis”
[…] “Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring” by Suzanne J. Willis […]