Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fantastic Creatures Review

Fantastic Creatures

by various authors

"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 graphic sex and constant swearing.

Perfect for the fantasy lover who can't get enough of mythical beasts."

 I received an ARC copy of this book for honest review. I am happy to be supporting the indie Fellowship of Fantasy Authors in reviewing it.

I love creatures of myth and legends, and this series of short stories did not disappoint in the slightest. This book is suitable for nearly all age groups and gives you glimpses of fantastic, magical creatures that many do not even know about.

I enjoyed how not all of the stories told you straight out what the creature was, letting you guess what they were, such as in <i>Seekers</i>. I was proud to have known exactly what the creature was (I might have a small obsession with myths and legends, especially those tied with Ireland). There were only two of the short stories that I didn't really like. Many the rest left me wanting so much more. For the most part, the writing was beautiful and well done, however there were a few stories that felt somewhat clumsy, but not so much so to take me away from the tale being told.

All in all, I give this anthology 5 stars. I won't allow the few stories I didn't enjoy to drag my rating down. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to read this wonderful collection of short, indeed magical, stories.

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