Title: Inheritance – A Halloween Urban Fantasy Short Story
Author: Zoe Cannon
Publication Date: October 23, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: 20 pages
Source: I received a free copy from the author.
Rating: 4 Stars
Lena’s grandmother defended her small town against the supernatural. So did her mother. Lena should be next in line. But her autism makes that impossible. At least that’s what her mother has always said. Lena couldn’t even get through college—what makes her think she could wield a magical sword and banish the undead?
But now her mother is gone. And Lena’s little sister is in danger. It’s time for Lena to take up the role she was born for… or lose the last of her family forever.
This #ownvoices short story is 6,500 words long, or approximately 20 pages.
What better way is there to spend Halloween than trying to banish the dead?
Halloween has many different meanings. In Lena’s case, her understanding of and response to it changed quite a bit over the years. I found it interesting to see how those things evolved as she grew older and was better able to communicate what she did and didn’t like about this holiday. She had excellent reasons for all of ways she reacted on Halloween over the years.
There were quite a few time jumps in this story, and I occasionally found them confusing. No sooner would I get invested in one particular part of Lena’s life than the plot would suddenly jump to years before or after that event. While I understood why the author wanted to show this character at so many different points in her development, it would have been helpful to have more of these scenes in chronological order so I could understand them a little easier.
Some of the most memorable scenes were the ones that explored Lena’s complicated relationships with her mother and younger sister. They both struggled to accept Lena’s autism at times, especially when it came to the ways this diagnosis shaped the course of the main character’s life. I liked the fact that this was an Own Voices story and that the characters were given so much time to work through their conflicts.
Inheritance was a thought-provoking Halloween story that I deeply enjoyed and would recommend to anyone reading this review of it.