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Shattered Shields (BAEN) Paperback – November 4, 2014
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From Publisher's Weekly:
"...cuts to the heart of military fantasy, diving directly into the most exciting moments of dramatic bravery, grand battles, and life-changing heroism...Freestanding tales feature compact worldbuilding and characters who rise from everyday to exceptional...Readers who...want more depth...will find these offerings appealing."
"...no matter the setting, what each tale does superbly is capture that fantasy feeling of swords clashing, arrows flying, warriors screaming, and magic flashing in the most varied of any genre" - Bookwraiths
"...a perfect gateway drug into heroic fantasy. All of the stories are well written and fast-moving...I enjoyed every single one." Adventures Fantastic
"One of the most surprising and enjoyable selections on my reading list this year, Shattered Shields has something for everyone." - Daniel Burton
From the Back Cover
"SHATTERED SHIELDS pays homage to one of the major sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy with a truly fine batch of stories by old pros and newcomers alike." - Mike Resnick, Hugo/Nebula Winning author of The Doc and The Dinosaurs
"In Shattered Shields, editors Brozek and Schmidt bring together both fresh and seasoned voices in settings both familiar and new to fill up this powerhouse anthology with the noise of battle, the mumbling of spells and the heartache of war. I hope to see more from this editorial team in the near future." - Ken Scholes, Award-winning author of the Psalms of Isaak
"An inventive and thought-provoking set of tales that capture the bravery and terrors of battle. Carries the banner of military fantasy proudly." - John Marco, author of The Bronze Knight Series
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Not every story completely thrilled me. There were one or two with spots which seemed like would be easier to follow if you had previous knowledge of the universe that the writer was working in. But, (like Farland's story) most left me eager to explore that writer's world.
And that was my favorite thing about this book. While the stories were wonderful, fun, sometimes emotionally stimulating tales, the authors that I hadn't read before expanded my future reading list. I plan on checking out other works by these authors. Seanan McGuire's story made me quite interested in checking out her "October Daye" books.
If you enjoy fantasy stories, in particular tales of battle, there is bound to be several stories that you thoroughly enjoy.
There are some 17 stories here and for the most part they range from okay to pretty good. A couple I found to be clunkers and skipped them quickly, which as I've noted in other reviews is a strength of these collections -- if a story doesn't work for you, just skip to the next!
The overall execution was a bit staid and slow for me however, and the stories I disliked the most were the slowest ones. Action seemed a bit sparse in favor of "thought pieces", which definitely knocked a star off my overall impression--I'm not much of a fan of those in collections like this.
Still it's a fine enough collection and worth getting if your'e a fan of military fantasy. Just don't expect edge-of-the-seat action, and if you're in the process of building your collection you can let this one wait a bit before getting it.
However, in this case I am making an exception.
This anthology brought together some of my very favorite authors.
Larry Correia provides a peek into his soon-to-be-released epic fantasy series (fall 2015?). The man could scribble on toilet paper using his finger and... whatever.... and I would want to read it. No really, I'm not a fan boy... really I'm not.
Glen Cook adds a short story of The Black Company. It was like going back home and spending time with old friends.
Some of the authors I had read, some I had not. Most of the stories left me wanting more (in a good way). A few were a little out of my wheel-house. This is a why reading anthologies is so awesome. You may find a new author you like and end up with a few more books on your to-read pile. You may find your self cringing and looking forward to the end of a particular story, but that's OK, different strokes and all of that. You may find a little bit of both. For me, this anthology had very little of the cringing and quite a bit of the to-read pile adding. Try it, you might find the same.