Carrie Vaughn is most well known for her urban fantasy Kitty Norville series featuring a werewolf radio DJ. Discord’s Apple goes in a completely different direction. The story is set in the not-too-distant future in a world where many of the simmering conflicts between nations today have errupted into violent conflict, spurred on by the actions of terrorists. Evie is a comic book author living in L.A. who heads home to Hopes Fort, Colorado when her father calls to tell her he’s dying. Strange things are happening at home, beginning with an elderly woman coming to the house asking for a pair of glass slippers, which Evie unerringly finds in the cluttered basement of her father’s house (which she never entered before going to retrieve the slippers because it was off-limits while she was growing up). Scenes like these continue to occur. Merlin shows up looking for a certain sword, and Hera arrives looking for a golden apple. The apple is not meant for Hera, though, and the storeroom doesn’t want to give it up to her. Hera is determined, though, and takes matters into her own hands to gain access to the apple.
This is a beautifully imagined story and after having read it, I’m surprised I haven’t read something like this before now. The ending was a bit of a let-down, but the story in general was well-worth the read and will definitely appeal to those who enjoy the incorporation of myths and fairytales into a modern-day setting.