by Nina Allen
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Ben Baldwin
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780955368363
Date: 26 March 2013
The still kind folks at TTA Press have sent me a copy of the second in their series of TTA Novellas, Spin by Nina Allan. The story is dedicated to the author's father, Stuart Stephen Allan.
Layla Vargas learned embroidery at the age of four and instantly became a prodigy of it. She lives in an alternate version of a near-future Greece in which Christianity is still a cult and those that are religious worship the old gods. Her mother was a clairvoyant and was put to death for it. There are some who thinks Layla has prophetic powers, too.
She travels from her home to a place called Atoll City to seek her fortune. She meets a strange old woman who people call Thanick Acampos. She is approached by a woman named Nashe Crawe who wants her to help her son, Alcander Xenakis, who has been stricken with a disease that has covered his skin in a scaly putrescent rash, the result of a curse, according to his mother. Layla is asked to weave one of her tapestries, depicting him.
I won't spoil things any further except to say this was a beautifully told story (you might recognize the myth) and bodes well for the future of the TTA Novellas series.