Strange Horizons, June 7, 2021

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Strange Horizons, June 7, 2021

“Tower of Ivory, Tower of Horn” by Reno Evangelista

Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf

“Tower of Ivory, Tower of Horn” by Reno Evangelista is a surreal fairy tale. A woman called the Maiden lives in a tower, and is visited from time to time by a creature known only as the Other. The Maiden leaves the tower, and encounters various men, as well as what seems to be another version of herself. She loses her way, but eventually returns to the tower and the Other.

The title of this strange and haunting tale appears to be an allusion to Homer’s Odyssey, in which false dreams come through a gate of ivory, and true dreams come through a gate of horn. This is appropriate for a story which has the feeling of a dream. The author succeeds in the difficult task of relating a meandering, mysterious plot through the use of precise, clear language. Readers who do not demand that all their questions be answered will find delving into this intriguing work a rich and rewarding experience.

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