Sixteen-year-old Einar goes to Myrtledale and into a whirlwind of tournaments, assassins, and Barbara Bloodbath’s plan for a new ice cream parlor. The tournaments and bake-off contest may end in civil war before any winners are declared.
Don Sakers is the author of the Scattered Worlds Mosaic series. He’s explored the thoughts of sapient trees, brought Carmen Miranda’s ghost to Space Station 3, and beaten the “Cold Equations” scenario. His book review column appears in Analog.