Wood Boy by Raymond E. Feist
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The spring after the outbreak of the Riftwar, the Tsurani arrive at Lord Paul of White Hill’s estate and occupy it along with the nearby town of Walinor. Dirk, the titular Wood Boy, is the youngest servant on the estate and describes the next year and how it was to live under the occupation of the Tsurani and how he ends up walking into the camp of Duke Borric of Crydee’s pulling a sled with two dead bodies on it.
The story is very tightly written, the majority is from Dirk’s point-of-view with Duke Borric’s POV at the beginning and end of the story. Feist doesn’t try to give an overview of his entire world, but instead focuses on one small locale and how it deals with an inter-dimensional invasion especially in relation to an almost teenager who was trying to find his place in his old society and doesn’t know what to do except live day-to-day. It all adds up to a great short story.