Title: The Queen’s Aviary
Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Published: January 30, 2015
Publisher: Daily Science Fiction
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
The raven spoke in a voice like storms and stars falling. “The royal line has always kept birds by its side,” it said, “but a bird will be your death. Free us and walk unfettered by fear.”
When the princess became queen at fifteen upon the death of her mother, the ravens gave her her reign-prophecy. And it was one that was unexpectedly ominous and impossible. The birds had been a part of palace life for generations, and it was hardly her place to be rid of something that was so key to the identity of the royal family. But as with all prophecies, one must be very clever to avoid them as often it is in attempting to outwit a prophecy that it finds itself fulfilled.
I’ve found myself appreciating some of the darker fantasy stories lately, so this one was just right on the day I read it. Yoon Ha Lee is a relatively new author to me, but everything I’ve read so far has been enjoyable. I’ve a feeling she is one to watch.