I gave this short story 4 stars but for me it definitely deserves a bit more, so let's just say it's 4,5 stars out of five. The story is very interesting and the characters are both realistic and uncommon but what sets this short story appart is the writing. I found McClung's style to be exactly what I've been looking for in a fantasy book. It's smooth, clear and fast while being descriptive, atmospheric and very beautiful. After reading many books lately with clunky writing that usually felt off-target, this short story was a much welcomed change! I will definitely check his fantasy book "Thagoth" when I get the chance!