Short Stories

Echoes

Short Story 01
by Michelle West

Kallan­dras is a Master Bard trained in the famous Senniel College. He is often sent by the Bard­master into war zones – because he always survives. There is a reason for this; the training he received in the Bardic College was not the only training to define his life. Set during the...

Huntbrother


by Michelle West

An old story: Girl who must marry for duty falls in love with boy who cannot fulfill that duty. The boy goes away to war, and war takes him; he never returns. But this history is slightly different. The boy was given leave to return, in the case­ment of his...

The Black Ospreys


by Michelle West

The Black Ospreys were a war-time unit, created in the heart of the Dominion of Annagar at the behest of one of the Empire’s three Comman­ders. They did what the rest of the army couldn’t — or wouldn’t — do and their colors became the only colors feared by the South­erners. Framed by the end...

The Weapon


by Michelle West

A novella of 13k words. Emily Dontal is the godborn daughter of The Mother — one of the only godborn chil­dren allowed to live in the Barony of Breton. One dark night, she prays to her mother for a child — a godborn child, a sister — to train and teach so that the Church might continue in...

Warlord


by Michelle West

Novelet of 12k words. Avandar Gallais is a domicis, and he has served Jewel ATer­afin since she was sixteen. Long before he was a servant, he was known as The Warlord. He built and ruled Empires – but there are reasons he chose a life of service. Those reasons are the core of this story,...

Memory of Stone


by Michelle West

Novella of 21k words. The Guild of Makers has long been the most powerful guild in the Empire. Gilafas ADelios, the man who rules it, is there­fore one of the most powerful men in the land. But he has never been confi­dent in his ability as an Artisan, and he...

Birthnight


by Michelle Sagara

Short story of 6k words On the night that Christ was born, he received many visi­tors, and among those, unchron­i­cled, the vast host of the legendary crea­tures who still roamed the world: the dragon, the unicorn, the phoenix, and the Queen of all Faerie, to name only a few. The immor­tals...

Gifted


by Michelle Sagara

A short story of 5k words. The last of the Genies has lived for longer than he can remember, hiding from humanity to preserve his life; he is capable of granting three wishes, yes – the third wish is always death to his kind. Drawn to human cities and human dreams because...

Shadow of a Change


by Michelle Sagara

A short story of 5k words. April Stevens works, day in and day out, in an office, part of the secre­tarial pool. There is nothing remark­able about her life; it is pris­tine, orga­nized, ordered. She dislikes change, dislikes the unpre­dictable. But she is changing, and in ways that she can’t...

For the Love of God


by Michelle Sagara

A short story of 4.5k words A young Henry. A young Thomas of London. One, by poli­tics, deter­mi­na­tion, and birth, the King, and one, a commoner, and outsider at Court. We know how their friend­ship played out, in the end: with the murder of Thomas Beket. But where would the friend­ship have...

Hunger


by Michelle Sagara

A short story of 4k words When he first saw the starving foreign child, he was five years old; the next time he saw her, he was six — and she was a ghost. A ghost who came at the start of every Christmas, lingering for twelve days before she once again left him...

Memory of Stone and Other Stories


by Michelle West

It's been a while since I promised a print version of the six Essalieyan short stories. I'm really sorry it's taken this long; the entire process gave me a whole new appreciation for what publishers actually do. But: it's finally available!