Title: Court Bindings
Author: Karalynn Lee
Published In: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #176 (June 25th 2015)
Description, by Lois Tilton [Locus]: "A princess who has a powerful magical gift of binding animals to do her will. “You do not mean to be cruel to all the animals you practice upon, but you are.” The narrator who says this is her bodyguard, who doesn’t like the idea of the unwanted attention this skill might draw in the court, where assassination plots are rife and the queen is unpopular. The princess soon learns how to use her gift on people, until the time comes when she must confront her destiny."