A mage and her piloting... houseplant

Saving the Sammi - Frank Tuttle

Charming! This short story introduces the leading characters of Tuttle’s novel All the Paths of Shadow. I read the novel first and loved it. I loved this story too. It is too short for an in-depth character study or world building but it introduces its heroes splendidly: the plucky young mage Meralda and her sidekick, talking plant Mug.

They fly into the heart of a terrible storm to save a family. They soar on the wings of Meralda’s magic. Mug even learns to pilot his flowerpot.

The writer’s imagination is simply delightful!