Here be dragons … and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two.
Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses?
Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won’t stumble into questionable content.
Perfect for the fantasy lover who can’t get enough of mythical beasts.
Fantastic Creatures is the first anthology brought out by the Fellowship of Fantasy, an online gathering of fantasy authors combining their art to produce work on similar topics. This time round is an anthology about different creatures from dragons to goblins and everything in between. This anthology contains stories based on fairy tales, romance, and more epic fantasy and dystopia. As a fantasy reader you are sure to find something within this book to suit your tastes.
What I like to do with anthologies is to highlight a few of the stories which have stood out for me, the one’s which have stayed with me after finishing the book so here goes…
Snapdragon by Lea Doué
In this fairytale-esque story Lea Doué introduces us to cursed sisters, one who is covered in thorns and meets a tiny dragon who wants to be her friend. As their friendship flourishes we learn the power of trust and friendship and all it can overcome.
This is a really sweet and moving story that I really wished was longer and more detailed.
An Adventurers Heart by Nicole Zoltack
Melinda has been trying to avenge the death of her parents at the hands of a monster. Having spent all her money on mercenaries she decides to become an adventurer herself but she needs a sword and her pursuit of one sends her on an adventure all of it’s own.
I really enjoyed reading Melinda’s short adventure, I would love to know if there was a longer book with more of her story available as I would definitely buy it!
Celebration by Arthur Daigle
When the human King dies and his heirs start squabbling over who will ascend in his place, the Goblins decide to take matters into their own hands and hold a funeral for him.
This was a great interlude, it was different and showed goblins in a slightly different light than we are used to seeing them.
Talori and the Shark by Jessica L Elliott
Talori is a mermaid who is sold into an arranged marriage after her Father’s business deal goes South.
So much of this was completely unbelievable, but isn’t that what’s great about Fantasy? The unbelievable becomes believable! This was almost fairytale but a little too brusque which I liked about it. I think I would quite like to read something longer in this world and see how it holds up.
The Very Last Dragon by Katy Huth Jones
When Sir Manly sets out with dreams of becoming a Dragonslayer like his father he takes on more than he bargains for.
I don’t want to give anything away with this story but I loved the twists in this story, for a short story it packed a few punches and worked out how I hoped.
Overall, this is an enjoyable anthology and I recommend it for some quick reads.
A huge thanks to all of the authors and Fellowship of Fantasy for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Title: Fantastic Creatures
Author: H.L. Burke, Cave Yates, Julie C. Gilbert, Vincent Trigili, Katy Huth Jones, L. Palmer, Kandi J Wyatt, Morgan Smith, Leila Rose Foreman, Frank B Luke, Jessica L. Elliott, Bokerah Brumley, Caren Rich, D.G. Driver, Nicole Zoltack, Lea Doué, A.R. Silverberry, Intisar Khanani, Craig A. Price Jr., Arthur Daigle
Genre: Fantasy | Short Story | Dragons | Anthology | Fairy Tales
Publisher: Fellowship of Fantasy
Publication Date: 17 November 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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