It’s here! Booknest.eu’s supermassive anthology of war-themed fantasy fiction short stories, produced to benefit Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) is OUT NOW as an ebook and a paperback.
What do you get? Stories from Ed Greenwood, Anna Smith-Spark, Anna Stephens, Dyrk Ashton, Laura M Hughes, some bloke called Steven Poore, I have literally no idea what he’s doing in there, Brian Staveley, Ed Greenwood, John Gywnne, Nicholas Eames, RJ Barker, Stan Nicholls, Mark Lawrence, and at least twenty-five more, plus a great fuzzy feeling for having put a bit of money towards a great cause.
Oh, and if you’ve bought the paperback – go you! – each of the 40 stories has a brilliant illustration by Jason Deem specifically for that tale.
Today – 13th February, Pancake Day – you’ll be able to catch some of the contributing authors, as well as project editor Petros Triantafyllou, doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on reddit’s r/Fantasy board. I’ll be popping in & out as time allows (between pancakes, basically, and with Golden Syrup since you ask).
My story in the book, Asalantir Forever, has been getting some good advance notices over on Goodreads – here’s a selection…
So far it’s the first story that displays trenches, an image I have in my head when thinking about wars (due to the childhood nights spent in front of the TV). I liked the language. It offers some strong imagery and nice sentences like this one:
Spill offers a flaccid skin. The Pride takes a mouthful each. The last of the water. It tastes of dirt and death, just as the air does.
More Please! Award: Asalantir Forever by Steven Poore. It’s a really exciting high fantasy story with magic involved in the warfare beyond just as artillery fire.
I’ve had a weakness for stories that deal with the particular futility of life in the trenches since Blackadder Goes Forth. This one had strong writing and powerful imagery.
Adrian Collins, over at Grimdark Magazine, meanwhile, had this to say:
Jin and her pride join the assault through the bloody trenches to take the walls of Asalantir. A fun read start to finish, and I really enjoyed the idea of trench warfare in a medieval fantasy setting. Plenty to enjoy about this one. 4/5
If I’ve not convinced you yet, go take a good look at that contents page over on Amazon, and do a Good Thing.