Let me first say that you can get this book for FREE on Amazon. Okay, one more time, for FREE!! Until when? Forever! Regardless of my rating, you should download it to your Kindle immediately, because there’s absolutely no harm in doing so. Unless.. you don’t like free stuff… Anyway, on to the review.
Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology is an anthology made up of 16 short stories all written by fantasy indie authors who were also the participants of SPFBO (Self Published Fantasy Blog-Off) of 2016. Although I gave this book a 3 star rating, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad book at all. People need to stop treating 3 out of 5 stars as a negative rating; any rating below that, yes, but in my honest opinion anything 3 stars and above is a positive rating. This is a good anthology and as I've always said, I never give any anthology a full 5 stars rating. Even my favorite anthology of all time, Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, didn’t receive it. Like all my anthology reviews, I will do a short review on some of my favorite/most memorable stories.
Paternus: Deluge by Dyrk Ashton
This story takes place in the same world as Ashton’s Paternus series, and once again I just have to applaud the amount of research that was put into this short story, or any story within this author’s series really. By combining Irish, Welsh, and many more mythologies into one, Dyrk has created his own rendition of the Great Flood while at the same time sharing with the readers knowledge about mythologies from around the world. Filled with iconic mythological names such as Fintan mac Bóchra, Cetus, Leviathan, Merlin the Wizard, and Noah, this story was truly a delight for mythologies fans such as i
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes
For this one, honestly speaking it’s not one of my favorite stories from the anthology but it’s certainly one of the most memorable. Told through a unique second person perspective, Laura once again managed to make her work stand out from the rest of the collection. We the reader, take the role of a scribe who’s writing the tale told by Kane. It’s a witty, fast-paced, and unique experience. The problem I had with this one was simple: when it comes to 2nd POV, I need a long time to adjust. N.K Jemisin’ Broken Earth trilogy uses the same style and it took me almost 200 pages to get used to it; if this short story were longer, there’s a chance I would love it even more.
Palesword by T. L. Greylock
This was my first experience with Greylock’s writing and it was a fantastic experience. I’ve been eyeing this author’s main trilogy—a Norse inspired epic fantasy called The Song of the Ash Tree—for a while now but somehow haven’t got around to it yet. This short story just cemented the fact that I will definitely have to read her trilogy within this year; it’s a MUST. Great characterizations, wonderful prose, vivid actions scenes and also… Vikings and Norse mythologies! Out of all 16 stories, this was hands down my personal favorite.
These three short stories were my favorites or the most memorable short stories out of this anthology. This doesn’t mean that I disliked everything else in this collection. Here, let me mention a few more authors in this anthology that I think did a great job with their short stories, and you really should watch out for them because in my opinion they were all great:
Ben Galley, Benedict Patrick, Timandra Whitecastle, Phil Tucker, and J.P Ashman.
Unfortunately, I have to say that half of the anthology in this collection didn’t really work out for me. They varied between being okay and completely not working out. It’s just how it is; I've never had an experience where I absolutely love every short story in one anthology and I doubt I ever will. To me, there were only two problems that prevented half of the collection from working out for me. Like my problems with most short stories, some were too short to fully impress me. The other reason was that, although each story serves as an introduction to their respective author’s prose and all of the stories here can be read as a standalone/prequel, I can’t shake the feeling that I would have enjoyed these stories so much more if I had already read the respective author’s main series. For example: Dyrk’s short story worked really well for me because I love mythologies, but I loved it even more because I was already familiar with Dyrk’s main series. Phil Tucker’s short story also worked for me only because I’ve read two books in his main series. I have a strong feeling that some of the stories here would benefit so much if the readers are already acquainted with each author’s main work.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that you should read their main books first just because of my opinions; there’s no doubt that this anthology serves as a great introduction to each author’s prose, and almost all of the stories were great. Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology is a good book. It’s imaginative and unique, and I’m pretty sure that after reading this, your TBR Mountain will grow rapidly, just like mine did.