Eight authors. Eight novels. Eight entry points into fresh, new fantasy
If you’re a fan of epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy, or just good old adventure stories, you’ll want to pick up this bundle and prepare yourself for hours of enjoyable reading.
The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo
A war has gripped Myranda’s land for generations, but the chance discovery of a mysterious sword may set her on the path to restore peace once and for all.
The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
He’s the empire’s most notorious assassin. She’s a protocol-quoting enforcer. They’re an unlikely team, but somebody has to save the city. . .
The God Decrees by Mark E. Cooper
Julia is a nineteen year old Olympic gymnast training hard for the upcoming Games, when she’s summoned by a wizard to save his people.
Defender by Robert J. Crane
Someone is stealing weapons of unlimited power, and only Sanctuary stands between the world of Arkaria and total destruction.
Draykon by Charlotte E. English
Shy Llandry Sanfaer finds herself at the center of a sensation when she discovers a new and mesmerizing gemstone. Unraveling its mysteries may change Llandry’s life—and her world—forever.
Fire & Ice by Patty Jansen
Blinded by his desire for revenge, a sorcerer unleashes a force that he needs fellow magicians to control, but no other magicians are keen to help him.
Lost City by Jeffrey Poole
The mysterious appearance of a large mark on young dwarf’s back has fueled speculation that it’s a treasure map in disguise. Five dwarves and one dragon band together to try and solve the most cryptic treasure hunt anyone has ever seen.
Reversion: The Inevitable Horror by J Thorn
Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory and outrun the ominous cloud eating away at his world before it collapses upon itself. Samuel must escape the reversion before it’s too late.
Review: At first I thought it was a great idea to have eight different fantasy stories bound into one volume, now I’m not so convinced.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two stories: The Book of Deacon by Joseph R Lallo and The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker. They are in a different class to the rest of works in this collection with well-established plots, strong characters, captivating scenarios and great conversations. Very well written.
The God Decrees by Mark E Cooper leaves a lot to be desired with its heavy reliance on the passive voice, repetitive phrases, uninspiring paragraphs and boring conversation.
Defender by Robert J Crane and Draykon by Charlotte E English were much better written than Cooper’s work, but could have been much better… The stories just didn’t captivate.
Fire and Ice by Patty Jensen was another grave disappointment.
The final two stories do pick everything up again. While not as good as the first two, Lost City by Jeffrey M Poole and Reversion by J Thorn are a welcome relief to finishing the collection.
I know now that I will never buy a collection of works by different authors again. It doesn’t do justice to those who have written really great works.