This story was the cover story for the December 2013 issue of Asimov’s. It was nominated for the Nebula. It is the first in a series of YA fantasy stories and novels set in the world of Pearl, which I developed at Clarion West under Chuck Palahniuk, George R.R. Martin, and Kelly Link.
The painting was created by Alexandra Manukyan for the cover of Asimov’s.
Here is some critical reaction to the story.
Locus Magazine, Lois Tilton
SF Signal, Carl V. Anderson
KrisWrites.com, Kristine Kathryn Rausch
SFRevu, Sam Tomaino
Diabolical Plots, David Steffen
Tangent Magazine, Louis West
Here is where you can read the story for free.