BDN Archive – Heart of Oak by Meredith Mansfield – Short Story Review

This was originally posted by meat (no longer available) on August 30, 2012. 

There’s a large burl on the huge old oak at the heart of the forest that makes the tree appear to be pregnant. What will it give birth to?

Kerica is born from the oak tree knowing nothing of the humans among whom she finds herself. The tree had a reason for making her, but Kerica has to figure out what it was for herself before she can decide where she belongs.

A while back, my friend/fellow writer, Meredith Mansfield, published a novelette.  She was very generous to give me a copy of it, and I have to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit.

I love the idea of self-publishing, but sadly that also means “under-edited” or “not-edited” a lot of the time.

That was NOT the case here.

I couldn’t put Heart of Oak down after I first picked it up.  It’s short, barely less than 10k words, but there’s so much story contained in that little 10k.

Have I mentioned that it’s pretty much about a dryad?

I might be slightly biased for liking the content, considering my own WIP, Blood of Trees.

But seriously, I loved this story.  So you should check it out.

You can find it here on Smashwords.

What do you think?

About Rebekah

Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.