Forged In Flame by Samuel A. Mayo, D. Robert Pease, Caitlin McColl, Jana Bosky, Eric White & Brian Collier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Even though I am not an avid reader of Anthologies, I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I love dragons and stories filled with them. The wonderful art that comes with a book of Anthologies, is even though the stories share a common subject, they vary quite vastly. Dragons, of course you can tell, were the theme with this one. How each author told their tale focusing around the dragon theme, for each, was very well written and very imaginative!
First Flight- Author Sam Mayo
My perception of this tale was focused in either a futuristic or post- apocalyptic environment. I love the two characters, sister and brother, Esme and Van. Van is a spunky little guy and Esme the clever gal. Flight, the skies and mechanics encompass this story and a draw in guaranteed! I very much enjoyed this tale and the creative way the author storied his dragon.
A Dragon’s Honor- Author Brian Collier
This dragon tale goes back to the Arthurian time, at least to my perspective, with valiant knights and kings and queens. In this tale, the princess, Muriel, is now in charge of her kingdom’s army and the fate of it as well. The noble knight Sir Devon, her childhood friend, still stands for his king and princess. In a battle against the enemy, they are slowly losing the war. As a last resort, Princess Muriel escorted by her Sir Devon goes on a quest to acquire allies. With the focus on dragons, I must leave it at this, not wanting to ruin the story. Another well told tale with a bit of romance on the side.
Birth Pains- Author Eric White
I will jump straight off and say this one was my ultimate favorite in the brilliant packaged deal. The way author Eric White unfolded his tale and the description in which he told it, captivated me from first word until the last. I tore through this story. With the title Birth Pains, you can assume there is a baby delivery in this tale, but with a twist. I enjoyed the grandmother and Mrylinde and the creative tale encompassed around them. Dragons are of course included, but you will simply have to read to find out the cleverness in how it was incorporated in this one.
Golden Legacy- Author Jana Bosky
A modern theme with of course dragon incorporated in it as well (it is the theme right?) A story centered around two players, Zachariah and Athena. One to assassinate the other, a conversation, a spark, a fight…oh my! That is all I’ll say…have to read. I liked the spark between these two, characters to definitely connect with.
Heart of Steel- Author Caitlin McColl
This was my second favorite. A connection twisted inside metal, gears and revenge. I enjoyed the way author Caitlin McColl unraveled her tale focused around the dragon theme and really liked the characters within it. This is another review that must be kept short, as not to spoil anything for the next reader in which this is a must read, so there…you now have to read it. Trust me, you’ll like this one also.
A Chink in the Armor- Author D. Robert Pease
Last, but definitely not the least, Job is the main character in this tale. Battle is his plight; strength, leadership, and faith are his allies…among other fellow courageous comrades. He stands firm, confident and almost indestructible. Humbling is this story and intriguing as well…remember, no spoilers…
All in all, I rate this book in whole five worthy stars, if not a sixth. You will definitely be drawn into each story. This is a book, I highly recommend for your next reading pleasure. I was given an ARC book in return for my honest review. This is my whole hearted honest review.
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