REVIEW: “The Remains of Prophecy” by Rebecca Bennett

Review of Rebecca Bennett, “The Remains of Prophecy Luna Station Quarterly 40 (2019): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

Content warning: Infant death, death in childbirth, abortion.

The queen has died in childbirth, the king has promised that the baby, their seventh daughter, will wed the seventh son of a seventh son.

Gracie is just a peasant wife, but her husband Hector was himself a seventh son, and Gracie is pregnant again. But so many of her other children have died, and she cannot face pregnancy again — not even for the possibility that their son might wed a princess.

This was a story infused with magic, and portents, and desperation. Gracie is torn between Hector’s desires and her own quietest secret, and in the end must make an impossible decision.