REVIEW: “Jinli Yu” by Ai Jiang

Review of Ai Jiang, “Jinli Yu”, Luna Station Quarterly 47 (2021): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

The narrator’s father never had a chance to teach her jinli magic before he was captured, wanted for his own jinli magic. Now she is faced with attempting to rescue him without the first clue of how to go about doing it.

This was a very philosophical story, about struggles and goals, of freedom and constraint, and how to make sense of death, told in a distinctive and powerful voice. Definitely worth a few read-throughs to get all the nuances.