Today I am pleased to introduce you to VASHTI, the “Wicked Queen” character in Heather L.L. Fitzgerald’s novella, “For Such a Time as This.”
This was another one of the stories I had the pleasure of reading during the Rooglewood Contest and I just love it to pieces. Due to this past week being ridiculously crazy and somewhat awful, I have not quite finished my ARC, yet. But I will have a review coming soon! What I can tell you is that this is a brilliant combination of the story of Esther from the Bible with a futuristic fantasy take on the classic story of Snow White. This is a world that contains both hovercrafts, tracking chips, and an AI but ALSO magic and dragons. And these elements are woven together so brilliantly that it just seems natural that these things all coexist in the same world. But I’m stepping off into review territory here, and I want to save all that for the actual review.
Today, however, I get to spotlight one of the characters from this delightful story, VASHTI!
Besides, Vashti has recently lost her royal standing. No longer queen, the platinum blonde now seethes in her downsized quarters, plotting how best to return to Xerxes’ favor. Promise him an heir? Disrupt his upcoming search for a new queen? Resort to using her secret skills as an enchantress to make him love her again?
One thing is certain, this power-lusting woman will not step demurely out of the way and allow someone else to take her place. She may be the Fairest but she most certainly doesn’t play fair!
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Award winning author Heather L.L. FitzGerald writes from her home in Texas, while dreaming of being back in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. She is drawn to stories that become good friends–friends you want to revisit–the kind you wish to keep close. Those are the type of novels Heather aspires to write, ones worthy of delicious coffee and a lingering relationship.
The Tethered World was a finalist and The Flaming Sword won the 2017 OCW Cascade Award for Speculative Fiction. So far in 2018 The Genesis Tree has become a finalist for a Realm Award, Selah Award, and an OCW Cascade Award.