Sunset Mantle. Not entirely review material, however, more commentary, I decided to post it separately.
There is, perhaps, one angle to Sunset Mantle that can be appreciated:
its indirect reminder how two-faced Tor.com is. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
(a 2015 Tor.com publication) is as shallow as it is deep. Wilson takes
a tried and true sword & sorcery tale and imbues it with ideas
germane to contemporary discussion on manhood, violence, race, and other
issues. On the other hand, Sunset Mantle, with its clear belief in
upholding personal honor over communal respect, revenge over diplomacy,
blind retaliation rather than considered decision, and might-makes-right
dominance rather than compromise—traits in leadership often leading to
the socio-political problems our world is facing as a result—indicates
Tor.com’s interests do not lie in humanism, rather in commercialism.
While blog posts engendering progressive political discussion and mature
genre novellas like Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
appear from Tor.com, so too do contrasting works such as Sunset Mantle.
SJWs cheer Tor.com at the main gate, all the while opposing political
ideals are peddled from the loading dock. This is known as playing both
sides against the middle...