Monday, July 13, 2009

Reviewette – “The Robber Bride” by Marjorie M. Liu

Anthology: Huntress
Novella: 1 of 4
Pages: 91
Blurb: Welcome to a post-apocalyptic world where women are fed on for their life forces. Now it’s up to Maggie, one of the last female survivors, to hunt down and destroy an army of darkness…

Marjorie Liu gives us a tale in one of my favourite sub-genres – post-apocalyptic fiction. With just a few short paragraphs I found myself immersed in Maggie’s world. An America a single generation after a great pandemic has swept cities all over the planet leaving small communities and rural areas largely untouched. Maggie is the local fixer – repairing mechanical technology and building small toys. This pastoral existence is shattered when women from the local town are abducted without resistance by mysterious strangers on motorcycles – vehicles that could only be fueled from the forbidden cities; and a dear friend has gone missing. Maggie has what at first appears to be a chance encounter with one of the gang, who strikes a bargain and steals a kiss that awakens suppressed memories and senses.

Her world turned topsy-turvy, Maggie follows the trail of the gang hoping to find her friend and discover the fate of her neighbours. Along the way she is joined by a most unusual crow that accompanies her on her journey. Together they enter the city to be confronted by an endless sea of bones. Maggie’s new found senses are bombarded with the psychic residue of the apocalypse in this beautiful descriptive passage -
The simple despair of being alone—that poor woman, dying and alone; that little boy, afraid and alone—sickened Maggie in ways that bullets and disease did not. She could feel their fear and misery, and not just theirs, but everyone's who had died in this place, on this road—hopelessness so thick in the air that every breath felt like murder in her heart.
The nature of the gang haunting the cities and terrorizing the countryside becomes evident and Maggie discovers the truth of her own nature and that of the crow. After all, what long hidden aspects of the world might become visible when they are no longer able to hide themselves among the mass of humanity. Against all of these doomsday scenarios runs a beautiful story thread of love and romance for Maggie. Haunting and memorable, The Robber Bride is a terrific fable of an unexpected future.

Mini Profile of Marjorie M. Liu:
Marjorie M. Liu resides in the Midwest. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Hunter Kiss series and the USA Today bestselling Dirk and Steele series. Visit her website at
St. Martin's Press
Published: June 2009
ISBN #: 9780312943820
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342


  1. Sounds like an interesting story, thanks posting a review. I might almost be ready to stick this one on my "to be read" list. :)

  2. These are all powerhouse writers. I expect good things from the rest of the collection.

  3. Hi Doug!

    Sounds interesting, is this novella part of one of her series or is it independent. She's another new author for me.

    The novella sounds great, I'd probably really enjoy it. I'll be checking it out.

    Dottie :)

  4. Hi Dottie - this is a brand new story. Doesn't share in any of the other universes she has created
    (as far as I know). Certainly not Dirk & Steel or Hunters Kiss.


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