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A Knight in the Silk Purse (Tales of the Emerald Serpent) (Volume 2) Paperback – July 4, 2014
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Publishing jack-of-all-trades R. Scott Taylor has worn many hats in the field of both fantasy and science fiction for the past decade and is currently the founder and editor-in-chief of the independent press Art of the Genre. He has worked as an art director, editor, agent, blogger, Kickstarter entrepreneur, and most recently created the digital fiction publishing arm, Skull Island eXpeditions, for Privateer Press. He still maintains a daily RPG art blog on his Art of the Genre website as well as appearing monthly as a guest gaming art blogger for Black Gate Magazine. He is also the author of four books in his homebrew world of the Nameless Realms, and editor of the Tales of the Emerald Serpent anthology series. He is an avid reader, gamer, and art collector and is always looking for a way to link artists and authors together in fantastic collaborative works. Scott currently resides in San Diego, California, with his wife and son where he strives every day to hold on to his Peter Pan lifestyle of never growing up.
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Most of the stories in this collection stand decently on their own, but they are tied together by characters, items and events in elaborate fashion. If that sounds confusing it defiantly can be, especially since the stories, most of which cover several days themselves, all occur over the course of a seven day festival, and as such are not told in anything approaching chronological order. But if you keep track of the days of the festival (which are stated clearly and often) along with a few key characters it is not hard to follow. The end result in an absolutely amazing work of coordination. I have not seen another collection where a dozen authors share not only a world but protagonists, villains and events while managing to tell separate stories, especially in such a tight amount of world time. I look forward to more.
A Knight in the Silk Purse takes place during the Festival of Flowers, a seven day celebration in the city of Taux. The different stories are told from the viewpoint of different characters and they are not told in chronological order, so that you would meet characters again and learn what they had been doing before or after the last time you encountered them.
The different authors managed to find a distinct voice which is present in all the stories and so it feels like a well rounded work.
In addition, the story that is told is full of adventure, daring, drama and even a bit of humor.
I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fantastic books.