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Battle Magic Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998
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Sorcerers and wizards duke it out in this anthology of fantasy stories narrated by a fair share of talented readers. In "Ten For The Devil" a young girl finds that playing her violin can sometimes open "doors" between worlds. Christopher Graybill gives a superb narration with character differentiation that is both colorful and alive. "Principles of Warfare" pits sorcerers against samurais in this tale of medieval Japan as a young apprentice learns to be a sorcerer, the hard way. David Elias delivers a dynamic reading with impeccable timing and a mesmerizing voice. Both Graybill and Elias are remarkable readers. S.B.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are a total of fifteen stories here and so through sheer odds you'll find some you like and some you don't. For me there were more that I skipped than there usually are--while the premise of the collection is a great one the stories that were selected didn't always live up to that promise. There just weren't ANY that really stood out for me. There are certainly some neat ideas here--I rather liked the premise behind "The Jewel and the Demon" for example--but even it seemed a bit short and I didn't feel the characters were well developed. Certainly the suggestion made by the cover art--of great armies of Wizardry battling each other--isn't approached at all.
I enjoyed the book well enough but it's more or less immediatley forgettable once it goes back onto the shelf. You won't regret getting it and maybe you'll like it more than I, but if pressed I'd only recommend it for die-hard fantasy anthology collectors.
That aside, and the above would be forgiveable if the stories were compelling, the stories just aren't terribly inspired. Bland characters that the reader can't particularly warm up to and less than exciting plots.
The handful of fairly good stories elevate this to 3 stars and average, at times however it was a battle to wade through the book.
Or maybe, it's like the old line that ends a relationship - "It's not you. It's me."
Either way, while I love the authors included in the anthology, such as the above mentioned Mickey Z. Reichert and Rosemary Edgehill, I'm afraid this collection doesn't do them justice.