Finally got the most recent edits for the mlp worldbook I talk about from time to time. It’s more or less in usable condition I think. Rough, but coherent I hope. Still would like to get some art for it, but just about everyone who might be reading it at this point is going to know what these particular talking cartoon ponies look like. Anyway, below is the link to the pdf and two ponyfic reviews. Because I might as well put something up here for everyone who isn’t interested in my 80+ page headcanon document.
A really good fairy tale. Just didn’t grab me personally. Fairy tales are very much a hit or miss kind of thing for me, so the author is certainly not to blame for this one being one of the misses. I did find it interesting the choices of which ponies got linked to each pool. Sure, there was a limited number of famous powerful and/or influential ponies to pick from in the pony canon, but it was still neat. Celestia, immortality, known to all and loved. Sombra, power, feared and forgotten. Starswirl, knowledge, respected but barely known about. Not sure how intentional the subtext was, but found it a good thought-provoking detail when factoring what we know about them from the show.
This author is quite good at zany comedy and has managed epic adventure on a regular basis in the past. Yet I think his real skill is deep emotional stories like this one. Though he does this type of story rare enough that maybe just the really good ones get through his personal story filters to get published. I would put this story up with Hello, Sedna. In fact, it could easily be seen as a distant prologue to that story. Highly recommended, but it will hit you hard in the feels if you let it.