- Paperback: 494 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1978320604
- ISBN-13: 978-1978320604
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales from the Void: A Space Fantasy Anthology Paperback – October 19, 2017
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Catchy blurb, but based on the first two of the ten stories I’ve read, really this anthology is so much more (and that’s not even taking into account that I’ve some or all of the other books written by the seven of the contributors and uniformly loved them).
Anyway, here’s my reviews of the two I’ve read so far.
First, Eradicated. This is a prequel story to Izzy Shows’ spectacular The Space Mage series, which I’ve been reading as each book comes out. That series and this story are wonderful written and plots that draw you right I. In the case of Eradicated we learn about the back story of Xiva, one of the main characters in Provoked and Enslaved (Space Mage 1 and 2). If you’ve not read the series you can still thoroughly enjoy this story. For those of us who have grown addicted to the series this story is pure gold.
Next up is Chris Fox’s The Heart of Nefarius. This is also effectively a prequel, exploring the background Aran, of the main character in the author’s Tech Mage. We get to experience Aran as an Outrider of the last Dragonflight (guardians and servants of mighty Wyrms) in a story that is great fun in an of itself.
This book starts with a bang and ends with a bang.
The book title tells you what's going to happen. For a set up to a book series, I'd have to say I really enjoyed this one.
What I liked was the steady flow of dialogue and interaction. Xiva is the main focus. She is the High Priestess, and takes that title very seriously. Like any character conflicted about what she must do to appease, and what she feels needs to change for her people. Her brother is her complete opposite and a constant worry. You get a glimpse of what this world was like. The way Izzy Shows describes the people and planet is a delight. It's just enough to give me a mental picture. Some authors use way to many adjectives, this author in my opinion gives the right amount.
Now I thought long and hard about how many stars to give this book. There was some slight repetition in the first quarter. Since that cleared up and the repetition was in my opinion meant to inform the reader on how these people viewed certain things, I thought no need to take one away. The only other thing is also more of a personal preference. This was a very short read, I just flew through it. Which just left me wanting just a bit more in some places. I guess really that's the point of this book. To get you wanting to read more. So I could hardly fault the author for me wanting just a bit more.
This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
Xiva's backstory is shared in this anthology, and readers get a brief glimpse of Kaidan's life as well. The Space Mage series benefits from this prequel which shares Xiva's interactions with her people. The story begins with a well-executed fight scene and continues with more relaxed interactions revealing Xiva's love for, and focus on her people. For people who have read the Space Mage books, it is a poignant display of what she had lost.
For others, it is a strong introduction to a focal character.
***I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this story.***
*I was given an advanced review copy of this book and all of my thoughts, beliefs, and opinions about this book are solely my own*