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Mermaids Pirates Flying Ships Creatures From The Deep Magic Beyond Your Wildest Dreams The Sea Is A Dangerous And Wonderful Realm It Calls To Many, Promising Riches, Adventure, Or Freedom But Just As There Are Beautiful And Remarkable Treasures To Be Found Upon And Below The Waves, Do Not Underestimate The Dangers Hidden Within Its Depths So Polish Your Cutlass And Prepare Your Spells For What Awaits Embark Upon A Journey Across Leagues Of Unimaginable Adventure Ride The Waves To Mystery And Magic Featuring Stories And Illustrations, Including Tales By New York Times Best Seller Elaine Cunningham, Paul S Kemp, Patrick Thomas, And James M Ward With An All New Story Featuring Halcyon Blithe What I learned from this book well, I already knew that my boyfriend was a very good writer With this book, I learned that the publisher thought so too. This is an anthology of 28 all new original fantasy stories all set in an age of sail About half of them are set in the world we know, that is, could be called historical fantasy and I found I tended to prefer these stories and the other half are high fantasy One reviewer described some of those as Middle Earth on the high seas and I d agree those tend to have that flavor, although with a generous helping of Conan the Barbarian And yes, a lot of horror, including one that came across as a Lovecraft pastiche John Sprunk s Sea of Madness , and few you could call upbeat I should say upfront I m not an objective reviewer, my good friend Gerri Leen is one of the contributors and I was one of the first readers aka beta for her historical fantasy story about Francis Drake, The Drum of the Sea And yes, that is my favorite, need you ask It was, with one other exception, the only story dealing with a historical figure, and unlike so much in this swashbuckling fantasy genre felt like it had a point about the price paid for the dark side of a life of adventure Gerri Leen s was the only name on the contents page I knew before reading this book Most authors background entailed only short fiction in small press, with a few exceptions The back of the book highlights New York Times best seller Elaine Cunningham, Paul S Kemp, Patrick Thomas, and James M Ward with an all new story featuring Halcyon Blithe A lot of the stories had some really interesting concepts such as a world that had stopped spinning Chun Lee s Stillworld Sailing to the Moon and the concept given a nod to in the title Dryads in the Mast by Leslie Brown I d say a few of the stories I found impressive, and I really liked about a third, mildly liked about a third , and the rest were Okay with only a few I found pulpy clunkers Thus the three star rating, although I m tempted to bump it up a star for the illustrations each story had at least one which were lovely And I d add a half star if Goodreads allowed I thought I d give a shout out to my five top favorites besides Gerri s It was hard actually to choose those top five several others were top contenders In the order they appeared William Ledbetter, Thief of Hearts What can I say Captain Birch got to me One of my favorite characters in the anthology.Patrick Thomas, Beneath the Sea of Tears a high fantasy story featuring Terrabelle, a pixie ogre hybrid, her partner Saraid, a selkie, and their adventures in an underwater city this stood out as one of the very few light hearted stories I would be happy to read adventures of Terrabelle and Saraid.T Borregaard, Cassia s Song I liked Cassia Aquila, the setting in Ancient Rome, and the slow build to the reveal I cared enough about her by the end to find her fate poignant And I thought the premise pretty original.Elaine Cunningham, Dead Men Tell No Tales Easily my favorite among this five, the one I had no doubt deserved to be included among the best This was a first person narrative and I was impressed by the voice Pitch perfect And this just built up masterfully to the chilling ending.Paul S Kemp, The Spinner Another stand out both for style and story, and that last line is haunting One of the strongest, most memorable endings, in the collection So yes, by and large I m happy to have this on my shelves, and would recommend it to fans of short stories for whom a mix of fantasy and nautical adventure appeals. A nice collection of short stories I m taking my time with them It s nice to have it on hand, for when I feel like reading something new but don t want to get involved in a novel or a whole series. 1 1 2 stars It s a good thing I borrowed this book for the sake of one story Halcyon Blithe, which was 3 star , because most of the stories were awful I was originally anticipating it s genre to be fantasy, but it has been down graded in my opinion to quite a bit of horror. This is exactly the kind of book you can judge by its cover, and I think that s a good thing If you like the idea of fantasy stories on the sea, with pirates and magic and such, and enjoy short stories as a format, you re gonna find a lot to like in this book Sails and Sorcery is about as on the nose as any title you ll ever find And the subtitle, Tales of Nautical Fantasy, spells it out if you somehow missed the point With a cover image of a castle guarding a port, an airborne sailing ship, and mermaids in the foreground, you can be pretty sure of what you re going to get in this book It tells you what to expect, and, thankfully, it delivers It s a fun collection.Really, I thought the stories were very even in quality and entertainment value, which is surprising, as there are 28 in the book I didn t dislike any, and several I liked quite a bit All of the stories truly, all, in my opinion, without exaggeration have good action and varied characters and interesting settings and exciting plots and satisfying conclusions At 15 20 pages a story, they can each be read in a single sitting, short enough not to grow tiresome but long enough to entertain Pretty much what you look for in a short story collection, right Often, short stories are aimed at a literary audience, even in science fiction and fantasy, but that is not the case here I m glad those stories leave me cold These are closer to the pulp end of the literary spectrum, which is to say that they re primarily about action and plot, with a focus on entertainment, though many have a lot of emotion and offer food for thought Some stories develop the characters than others, and some spend time on world building, creating some amazing settings, but all are peopled by interesting characters and are set in exotic and exciting worlds though a few are recognizably our own world Several could lead to good novels, in my opinion.I liked it, and I recommend it, and so that I don t appear to be overselling it, I gave it four stars Solid collection, plenty of good stories And if I m wrong anywhere, it may be that you ll think I should have gone to five.And that s cool. Solid and entertaining although some of the stories run together due to theme and other commonalities after a while Part of the reason is this collection is quite long But the writing is very strong, stories and characters interesting for the most part, and the authors takes on the themes are unique enough that this stands out as one of the unique fantasy anthos I ve read in a while Recommended. An excellent collection My biggest complaint is that in the story The Bokor a very good story in one paragraph the hero s horse is described as both a sorrel mare and a white charger and it can be both a charger and a mare, but not sorrel and white It could be mottled, but that s not what was written Little details like this bother me The Drum of the Sea was okay but kind of pointless.In general most stories would rate a solid 3 with several really good ones I would give a 4 so I give the collection an overall 4 I have to say there are several stories with worlds I would love to fall into for a novel or two or maybe a setting for an RPG hint hint.