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Here are a few favorites of mine from the anthology:
No Fairytale by Ben Galley – This is an introduction to his Emaneska series. It’s the story of a young girl named Hereni who has recently found that she’s got magic powers. She wakes one night to disaster striking her family, and is then saved by another group of magic users, led by a man named Farden, who bring her to their enclave. It was a really well written bit of story, and I’m definitely going to check out the Emaneska series in the future!
And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick – This was a fantastic story to bring someone into the Yarnsworld. It takes place in the forest of They Mostly Come Out at Night, and as such, is pretty dark and creepy. It follows brothers Felton and Tad as they get caught outside after dark, and shows just exactly what harm spinning yarns in the Yarnsworld will bring.
A Tree Called Sightless by Steven Kelliher – This is, more or less, a bit of the background on how the Emerald Blade became the Emerald Blade. It follows some characters from the second book of the Landkist series, primary Maro, the greatest warrior of the Emerald Road, but don’t worry anyone, it doesn’t spoil anything from any of the books in the series. It fleshes out a little bit of background for one of the characters in a way that leaves the main plot well enough alone. Well done!
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle – This story brought to mind all kinds of folktales. Everything from Red Riding Hood to Sleeping Beauty and more. It follows Jalena, who has just ‘become a woman,’ as she visits her grandmother, who tells her a story of a man who ran away from his life into the woods and had a very interesting adventure. This story was riveting, often kind of creepy, and felt very ‘old world,’ if that makes sense, while still seeming to take place in the same world as The Living Blade series.
Paternus: Deluge by Dyrk Ashton – Paternus is a mixture of many mythologies, which is something I have always loved about it. In this universe (and ours, too, but maybe in a different fashion) there are a few large events that happen to and surrounding the Firstborn, usually along the line of an extinction event. Things like the great Flood and Ragnarok and so on. This is the story of one of those (guess which, lol), which follows the story of Fintán mac Bochra, the man who, so the stories say, brought Noah’s granddaughter to Ireland before the flood, and survived it by becoming a salmon. This story has a lot of good imagery. I’ve recently learned what it’s actually like to run from a flood, and this one made me feel like I was there (though I don’t mean this in a bad way).
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes – What a fantastic little bit of story this is! It is the transcribed notes of one Diabolos Kane, Senior Elder One, Bane of Wizards (and lizards), et cetera, scribed word for word just as he spoke them. He’s clearly a being from a higher plane of existence than humans, but he is among them, just after WWII, being interrogated by one. This story is hilarious at times, and was really unique! It also went from 0 to ‘well, that just happened’ very quickly. 10/10
The Prisoner by Phil Tucker – A short story (shortest in the whole anthology, but that’s not a criticism – it’s exactly as long as it needs to be) that introduces the reader to the world of the Chronicles of the Black Gate. A young Enderl Kyferin is at his first battle, leading his first regiment, and it’s not really going how he thought it would. This is a really interesting look at one of the (probably many) factors that made Enderl the character we all know and love.
Palesword by T.L. Greylock – It started out a little slowly for me, and I wasn’t sure where it was going, but suddenly I was like ‘YEAH EYJA!’ and the rest of it was literally just me cheering for her. This was a great introduction to T.L. Greylock’s Midgard, which seems to me, a lover of most things Norse mythology, to be pretty damn entertaining while staying pretty close to what folklore tells us. The ending of this bit of story was fantastic. This story was only about 20 or so minutes of me sitting there reading it, but my emotions went from meh, to outrage, to cheering, to more outrage to more cheering. 10/10, would emote to again.
The First Thread by Alec Hutson – Wow this story was awesome! I don’t know what I really expected going in. I haven’t ever read any of Alec Huston’s work. I have one on the kindle waiting to go, and I know it’s a finalist in this year’s SPFBO, but that’s all I knew going in. This is the story of a girl from the steppes who is now an imperial consort in the Shen empire. She befriends the prince, and together they go watch a ritual performed by the imperial warlocks that is… not what they expected. And the consequence of the ritual is doubly unexpected. My eyes were riveted to this story from beginning to end, so it’s pretty clear that The Crimson Queen is in my near future!
Great anthology! Well worth the price :)
I love the idea of anthologies. I've bought quite a few of them over the years, but I’m always left feeling a little disapointed with them. I tend to approach them with high hopes and big appetite, expecting my mind to be blown and literary tastes buds fully satisfied.
However, it never happens. Usually, the change of pacing, tone from story to story is jarring. Some short stories are exciting and brilliant, others not so much. As a result, when you've just read something brilliant and want to sustain this state of enjoyment a bland short story appears. And suddenly, you loose appetite.
That's why I read Lost Lore one story at a time and gave each story time to settle before reading the next.
Ratings: my personal belief is that many people give 5* too easily. I know it's oftentimes a sign of sympathy and kinship. I know most of these writers from r/fantasy (AMAS, interactions) but there'll be no special treating for them. You guys are awesome. All of you. But I'll be blunt and honest. I'll stick to goodreads scale (1 - I didn't like it; 2 - it was ok; 3 - I liked it; 4 - I really liked it; 5 - it was amazing).
Dr Love, Ph.D. Preface was quite hilarious. As a gentle reader I don't want to get into specifics of how ten SPFBO authors multiplied into much more. Mark is right. Some questions are better left unanswered.
No Fairytale by Ben Galley - 3/5
Hereni has a knack for magick. The problem is magick is forbidden and prosecuted. Also, she may have misinterpreted the way magic works in this world. As a result she's draws attention od opposing sites of the ongoing conflict.
The story is nicely written and set in the world of Emaneska. I haven't read the novels, so I didn't know some of the characters that, Uncle Google says, appear in the series. I liked the prose, the way the magic was introduced and a bigger conflict hinted. I might be interested in Hereni's future - will her future count or will she become one of many gifted youngsters who'll die in the background og bigger events? I'd like to know that.
The story feels like a setup for the novel. Hereni comes to terms with her place in the world and chooses sites a bit too easily. I would say this short story would work better as novella. Or maybe my questions are answered in Emaneska series?
Overall, I liked it but didn't love it.
And They Were Never Heard from Again by Benedict Patrick - 4/5
A story is a dangerous thing(...). We must value them, we must be careful with them. Set one loose on the world, and you lose all control over your own creation
There was a boy and there was a girl. The boy dreamed about the girl. He wanted to meet her and he brought his little brother for a trip through dangerous forest. Things didn't go exactly as planned.
The story reads a bit like a dark fairy tale. It's the aspect of Benedict Patricks prose I enjoy. Despite short length, dialogues and characters felt nicely established. The story didn't feel rushed and feels self-contained in a nice way. At times quite poetic, at times more precise the prose added to the story's slightly disquieting ambiance.
My only cryticism is a glaring example of using Deus ex Machina to solve the problem. In order to fully understand the situation, knowledge of They Mostly Come Out At Night is helpful.
All in all, not predictable and memorable.
A Tree Called Sightless by Steven Kelliher - 3/5
A boy called Maro isn't a thinker. Instead, his fast and skilled fighter who wants to win a prize - Emerald Blade. In order to do that, he'll probably have to slay his competitors.
Steven Kelliher's prose is good. Some nice ideas are here. On the other hand, there's also quite a bit of info-dumping and way too many characters for such a short read. My belief is that short stories are best when they're made simple. This one tried to do too many things.
Barrowlands by Mike Shel - 2/5
Trio of morons plans to raid the tombs of the lost nation. When a stranger appera near their campfire, they change plans. They consider selling him and the disturbing content of his bag.
Dialogue felt off to me. I didn't connect to any of the characters. None of them intrigued me. There was quite a bit of info-dumping and unnecessary descriptions. Once they're in the tombs pacing becomes breakneck but I felt nothing. No thrill. No fear. Nothing.
I'm sorry to say it but tomorrow, when I wake up, I won't remember it.
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle - 4/5
Jelena changes. After her first blood appears her mom sends her on an errand to her grandma.
The story has drawn me in. I enjoyed descriptions of the forest and the story inside the story was quite creepy and disturbing. There's a sudden shift in a language and the tone of the story. Dark fairy story turns into very dark and not so fairy story.
It's a story about changes in the woman body. The changes we're shown, though, were more than unexpected. I like this one.
Paternus: Deluge by Dyrk Ashton - 2/5
On the one hand, it’s impressive. It seems Dyrk Ashton possesses encyclopedic knowledge of world mythology and is able to wove it into short story retelling Deluge. On the other hand, there’s just too much of everything.
It's, undoubtedly, an interesting combination of myths known around the world. They're connected in an interesting way. As a short story, though, it just doesn’t work for me. Changes in POV are jarring, there’s way too many names mentioned to keep track of them. It’s just not what I expect from short story as a literary art-form.
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes - 5/5
I, Diabolos kane, shall hereby tell of the final great events of this blue planet. This account will include a full description of the fell cat - No!No, I was most definitely NOT about to utter the word "cataclysm".
It was awesome. Witty, surprising and intelligent. And self-contained.
The story is told from first-person perspective of Kain. He’s inhuman. He’s pompous and delightfully supercilious. It seems that people have somehow managed to capture him and plan to execute him. Chained and seemingly defeated, he delivers his final testimony to an interrogator and a scribe. Kain speaks, corrects himself, his style of speech and makes a bit of haughty fun of puny humans.
I loved his voice. I loved the twist. I laughed loud few times.
It’s excellent, short story with more than a spark of brilliance. I’ll have to keep an eye on this Hughes gal and her literary endeavors.
The Huntress by Michael R Miller – 2/5
Human and dragons fight. During fights people die. Such is a fate of Elsie’s beloved one. We observe as Elsie copes with personal and professional issues in a time of war.
The story is well written but it didn’t manager to engage me. It felt a bit linear and simple - despite being divided in chapters / parts dealing with different things. There’s more than a fair share of world-building that didn’t particularly impress me. All in all, it just didn’t engage me.
The Prisoner by Phil Tucker – 3.5/5
Probably the shortest story in the anthology. Young lord Enderl wants to lead his father’s company of cruel, battle hardened warriors called Black Volves to battle. The thing is his upbringing and idealistic scholarship may not fit well the needs of war. He must embrace darker side of humanity in order to lead. In just few hours of action Enderl makes a transition that’ll change him forever.
It was violent and brutal story. It’s done skillfully and doesn’t feel rushed. It doesn’t feel like a setup to a bigger story. It works well on its own.
A Simple Thing by Bryce O’Connor -5/5
Killing a man is a simple thing
I loved this one. It’s written with bravado and dark humor. An experienced assassin writes in and to his journal about his first job. The assassin tries to learn his Walker daily routine in order to be prepared for every turn of events. Prepare. Plan. Plot. These words were instilled in him by his Master. He treats them seriously.
I enjoyed the voice of assassin. It felt light and humorous, even though the subject of first kill shouldn’t be treated as such. I enjoyed the plotting and excellent internalizations. There’s more than few great sentences in here and, above all, I felt totally immersed in the story and assassin’s voice – even though I don’t even know his name.
Excellent short story and an author to follow.
Palesword by T L Greylock - 3/5
There’s too little fantasy books and worlds inspired by Norse mythology. Fjords doesn’t appear often enough in fantasy literature. But have no fear, T.L. Greylock is here. And she brings some Nordic-inspired goodies.
Eyja is a fisherman’s daughter and a priestess in training. The thing is she’s also feisty, impulsive and, sometimes, careless. Soon, she finds herself in bad books of a local priest. There’ll be a price to pay to make things right.
It’s nice to see strong and determined female characters like Eyja and Gunnlief. On the other hand, I didn’t genuinely care for them. Truth be told, I found Eyja a bit irritating. I’m sure many readers will root for her. I’m not one of them, though.
The Light in the Jungle by Jeffrey Hall - 4/5
I really liked this one. And it’s surprising as it contains more than a bit of world-building and a gallery of monstrosities. And yet, I was literally glued to the pages.
Imagine a band of inhuman adventurers on a quest. Not a noble one, though. Their goals are more egoistic – they want to plunder the treasures of forgotten city. Each band member has different goals and desires – some want money, some more power, others different things. Their inhuman, although we don’t learn about the races – whiskers and tusks are mentioned but the author focus lies elsewhere.
Even though the story structure was simple, almost D&D alike, I loved it. Characters motivations were varied and the ruins of Hathis had something each of them desired. It wasn’t cheerful story and it probably made some shortcuts. What I read, though, is enough to add the author’s work to my TBR list.
Black Barge by J. P. Ashman - 3/5
Tips’ is a gnome who, together with her family, rides a steam powered barge down a canal. The travel turns much darker and dangerous than expected and some secrets are unraveled.
Lively action scenes are one of the story's strengths - the atmosphere is fraught with tension and danger. Despite this, I didn’t feel fully immersed In the story. It was lacking something I can’t precisely describe.
Making a Killing by David Benem 2.5/5
Fencress Fallcrow teams up with Karnag Mak Ragg to do a killing job in The Dead Messenger inn. She thinks seriously about her career and is motivated to kill. As usually in this kind of jobs things don’t go exactly as planned. Killing a man is easy, really. Except, of course, when it isn’t.
While the story was well written and concise I didn’t enjoy characters and tone of the story.
The First Thread by Alec Hutson 3/5
The story has unique, oriental setting. Jhenna is a consort of the Emperor. The ways and traditions of the Empire are cruel and bloody. Emperor’s son Prince Ma wants to change it.
There’s quite a lot of world building, a bit too much to my liking. The prose is good and it flows nicely through descriptions and dialogue. Overall, it’s nice story. In places it feels slightly inflated and it lacked a punch that would left an imprint on my mind.
So. Here we are.
Yes, a few. It’s fantastic that Lost Lore was published. There’s a lot of skilled writers who self-publish their work. Short story format allows the readers to check their writing styles and see if they enjoy it. Most stories were enjoyable for me. I’d like to name four (and four makes for 25% of this book!) favorites. They left a mark on me and I’ll definitely reread them.
I, Kane by Laura Hughes – exceptionally entertaining. A great mix of humor and underlying terror. There’s more than a spark of brilliance here.
A Simple Thing by Bryce O’Connor – humorous, well plotted, entertaining. Many quotable sentences. Excellent.
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle – strong and bold story with darker story placed in the story. Very good.
And They Were Never Heard from Again by Benedict Patrick – nice story with disquieting ambiance.
Many of the stories in this anthology should be treated as an introduction to the various worlds each of the writers has cultivated in his own series. And that’s part of the problem. Some of these stories loose punch when a reader doesn’t know the lore.
Outside of those that I loved or liked, the stories generally felt a bit rushed or contained way too many informations. Lots of these stories come from series / lores with loads of world-building associated with them, and writing a short story in a setting like that without alienating / disorienting new reader isn’t an easy task to accomplish.
Issues I had with some of the stories ranged from there not being enough information to understand fully what was going on or the significance of what was going on, to getting all of that information in a massive info-dump. Or to having too many characters to keep track of.
Ok, that’s enough. You may get an impression I disliked the anthology and it’s simply not true. It’s good anthology with mostly entertaining stories. I give it three stars and it means that I liked it. It also means that not all stories worked for me. They can work for you, though. Given that the Lost Lore is free in most places and 0.99$ on Amazon there’s no risk involved.
When I plunged into it I only knew two of the authors' work (Benedict Patrick, who clawed his way into my favorite authors list last year and Steven Kelliher). Others I heard about but haven't gotten around to read their work (Dyrk Ashton, T. L. Greylock, Timandra Whitecastle, Michael R. Miller, Ben Galley, Phil Tucker) so I looked forward to them, and of course to read some from those I never heard about, but will keep an eye on them in the future (Laura M. Hughes, Alec Hutson, Jeffrey Hall, Bryce O'Connor).
Usually, I'm not into anthologies and/or short stories, because they always leave me wanting more, and unsatisfied. Plus, the quality of the stories tend to vary too much. Well, in this case all the stories were well written, and altough not every of them was up my alley, I could find something to enjoy in every one of them. Some will stay with me for a while, because of their uniqueness, their wit, their concept, their style of writing.
If you are like me and you need some quick reads to go, I would definitely recommend giving a try to this anthology and the authors who took part in it, because you'll find something to love: either mythology, epic fantasy, grimdark, twisted fairy tales, cool assassins, unusual worlds what you are looking for! Sure, some of them has flaws, and won't be your taste, but on the other hand, you'll find some treasure which will make it worth.