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- Print Length: 423 pages
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- Publication Date: June 23, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0736TZ3ZP
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All of the stories will satisfy your love of fantasy and the wonderful creatures we have grown to love. You'll find jealous Kings and slaves who bend (to a point) under an iron rule. From the deadly Minotaur to the Merfolk, your reading nook will be catapulted into enchantment from beginning to end. There are Magicians and monsters, mechanical dolls, and creatures who live in mountains, valleys, and forests. Are you sure there aren't some near your house?
You'll find yourself cheering for the heroes as they thwart the monsters intent on snatching our children. Perhaps you'll decide you want also be gifted in one of the seven magic schools. Would you become a Destroyer, Shapeshifter, Conjurer, Minder, Seeker, Guardian, or Healer? The choice may or may not be yours!
The imaginations of the authors will thrill you as you encounter dolls who seem alive and water sprites that can't really exist, can they? I found the depths and complexities of the short stories were intriguing, making it a true jewel you won't want to put down.
The best part? Each story was vastly different from the ones before and I was able to sample the writing styles of fantasy authors I hadn't previously read.
One word of caution regarding younger readers. While none of the stories in this anthology contain romantic sex, sexual violence is intended by the bad guys in "And Only The Eyes of Children" and "Teamwork". The hero saves the day before anything happens but there is enough discussion to know what was intended. Also "Darkness Follows the Light" does not have sexual abuse but there is some pretty significant malevolence towards young kids that is very creepy and I would not want to read to young kids. Of course I don't like Hansel and Gretel either.
One final note: I found myself desiring to go check out other works by the 23 authors in the anthology so be forewarned that your to-be-read pile will probably grow as mine has after reading this anthology!
Some of the more touching stories (to me at least) were those with heroic teenagers who did their best despite the odds and/or despite their apparent lack of useful powers: In The Hero Feat of Hannah Helstrom (J. Philip Horne), Hannah only has the strength of her determination and half-trained power of regeneration to attempt to save her cousin's life; Marisol in Sweet Basil (Lea Doué) is on the run from sorcerer hunters, yet she still uses her gift of healing as best she can; Gem RJ Conte) is the only one who can save his world ... at the cost of his life, whilst Jaiharu in Sacrifice to the Iara is willing to give up his life to save his beloved sister; whilst Jenny puts aside personal enmity to save her nemesis in Save the Day.
There's more than that, though. There are superheroes and supervillains, magicians and sorcerers, sprites and faeries, angels and demons, princes and princesses, and all sorts of legendary beasts (mermaids and dragons, oh my)!
Out of the 27 stories, there was only one that I was rather meh about, so I'd say this was a very good investment.
Not every story amazed me, but that was to be expected in a collection such as this. What impressed me more was there wasn't a single story I hated. I loved some more than others, but I liked all of them. I would recommend this to anyone looking for fantasy or unlikely heroes.
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The stories are cute, but they're poorly written. The least of the problems is anachronistic speech; warriors/mages/ etc don't often talk like adolescents from...Read more