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The God-Death of Halla by Tina Connolly

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“The God-Death of Halla” is a 2008 speculative fiction short story by Tina Connolly. It is about a formerly rich young woman who must now steal to survive in a land where magical gods control peoples’ lives.

Non-Spoiler Summary

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Halla is a teenage girl who has been forced to steal for a living. Well, mostly she is trying to get enough money to buy land so she can become a real citizen again – something she hasn’t been since the tragic demise of her father and mother. It is while trying to pilfer goods from the local temple that she meets an old man who is strangely familiar, and together the 2 of them uncover a nasty truth about the local high priest – known as the “mouth of god.” The interesting part is what she chooses to do with that knowledge once she has it!

My Two Cents

  • Story: 3 stars – This wasn’t the most exciting story, that’s for sure, but the ending was really cool. I did think the whole “mouth of god” part was pretty cool though.
  • Writing: 4 stars – What I liked the most was the fact that the author slowly reveals clues over the length of the story, and lets the reader figure out what is really going on. That was well done!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – A nice story, nothing special, but very fun if you like rebellion against heavy handed religious authorities!

Where To Find The God-Death of Halla

  • This short story first appeared in the December 2008 edition of the online magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
  • You can still read “The God-Death of Halla” online for free at the Beneath Ceaseless Skies web site.

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