The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection - Patricia A. McKillip, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jane Yolen, Michael Marshall Smith, Ellen Datlow, Charles de Lint, Fred Chappell, Terry Bisson, Thomas Tessier, Ellen Kushner, Sara Paretsky, Thomas Canty, Daina Chaviano, Thomas M. Disch, Bruce McAllister, Ian McD


3.5 stars to Patricia A. Mckillip's, "The Snow Queen"

In a contemporary setting, Kai and Gerda have grown apart, and when the time comes

he decides to leave her for someone as cold as him

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It is only when Gerda chooses her own path, that Kai sees what he has lost...

He did not know if they were tears of love or pain;perhaps, he thought, he might never know, for she had walked through light and shadow while he had encased himself in ice.