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Review: You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay

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You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay
You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magic in the Old West.
Our protagonist is an orphan living in a brothel; his only friend one of the employees, a girl also orphaned in the same mining accident.
But the dirty gamin has strange powers – shapeshifting, animating the dead…? It’s not quite clear how far his talents extend.
When a group of strange men, including an ominous Preacher, ride into town, it’s not surprising that they visit the whorehouse. But it is surprising that they start asking after the ragged boy…

Alyssa Wong is crazy-talented. We’re going to be hearing more of her. However, I thought that the second-person narration in this story didn’t really fit, and was distracting.

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