Here’s a list of the most recent reviews for my short story “The Hearts of Men”:
Soyka at Black Gate: The proverbial “worth the price of the issue” story is “The Hearts of Men” by T.L. Morganfield, who seems to specialize in a subgenre of her own devising, Aztec mythology.
Talekyn at 365shortstories: Morganfield’s story, of the reincarnation of some Mexicali gods in the American southwest in modern times, is a far far darker work, and the focus is on the reincarnated Huitzilopochtli and his hunger for human hearts on the path to do battle with his sister, who has stolen the moon. The teenager in question plays a vital role in the story, but is not the center of it (although he may turn out to be the heart of it, pun intended). It’s a dark, dark story that I really enjoyed.
Daniel Woods of Tangent Online: It is not so uncommon to find fantasy stories based in the mythology or religions of other cultures, but more often than not this is restricted to Ancient Greece, Native America, etc. — the “familiar” ones. I enjoyed this piece because I have never seen the Aztec beliefs used for a story, and it caught my attention straight away. It may not be an outstanding tale, but “The Hearts of Men” is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale genre.
Jamie Lackey: “The Hearts of Men” by T.L. Morganfield is my favorite story in this issue. It’s a re-imagined Aztec myth set in the old west. Everything about it worked for me. The pacing was great, the world was immersive, the characters felt real, and I love the ending.
Lois Tilton of Locus Online: This one is best appreciated by readers with a basic understanding of the Mexica myth. But the best touches are those in which the author has updated things; Méxtli comes to life with a pair of six-shooters, not an obsidian-studded club. Unfortunately, the updated god is a bit moralistic as a narrator.