Short Story Review: “Fortunate Son” by Steve Coate

3 of 5 stars.

The decision to go back to work after being a stay-at-home parent is never a light one. But when that parent is also a young widow working alone to keep the family together, the decision is amply tough. Especially when one is a Viking by trade.

After 12 years of raising Bjorn, Freya is readying herself to go back to work. She hasn’t seen battle since her days as a shield maiden, but this is the route that can secure her son’s future even if it costs her her life. She’ll be the only woman on the ship heading east to the Slavic lands . . .

This tale appears in Abbreviated Epics, a Third Flatiron Anthology, edited by Juliana Rew.
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