Fantastic Realms

Rated 2.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Twelve original fantasy-adventure tales: treasure hunters disturb an ancient menace – who will appease the guardian? ; a thief with a conscience takes on the formidable Magistrar ; a healer must wield an infamous weapon to protect her clan, and more! More

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on April 11, 2013 :
Heavy language makes for a rough read but if you can get past it there are some really well written stories in this anthology. Mr Turner is showing that he can write with each story and book getting better and better. All are fantasy world driven with swords and sorcery abounding and one or two have a laugh out loud story line (Magical Entities Not for Sale). Fun read and a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk on Nov. 21, 2011 :
What can one say about this book? As some of the others reviewers have already noted, the wording is quite heavy and as a non-native speaker makes reading at times a hard case. I could have done with a little more plain writing as it would have allowed me to read more than one story at a time without giving me such a headache... Having said that, the stories themselves are not to bad but I would not call them brilliant. At least not all of them. A lot of the short stories seem to be a preamble for a longer story that is waiting to be written (and one actually has been written into a longer book - Denibus Ar). All in all it is a read that tastes for more without the more being given yet (but I hope in the other books that I have waiting to read that are also by Chris).

So the verdict is the average for giving me both a headache and an unsatisfied feeling in a book that could have been capturing my imagination if not for that.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Nov. 02, 2011 :
This is a collection of fantasy stories written somewhat like a fairy tale or fable. The stories are a collection of knights,monks,monsters and witches. Although I enjoyed the stories but some of the wording used was slightly annoying at times, maybe a little less medieval wording would have been better. Still, I will read more by this author. Good job!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kathryn Merkel on Nov. 01, 2011 :
Fantastic Realms is a collection of 12 fantasy stories, which draw heavily from the legends of knights & wizards for many of the tales, yet each account is unique. The various worlds are skillfully & vividly crafted, but some of the characters are a little underdeveloped, even for a short story. My personal favorites are: Tournament at Bergum, Magical Entities Not For Sale & Ahrion’s Minions. All in all an entertaining group of adventures.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Doskoi Panda on Oct. 23, 2011 :
Fantastic Realms is a collection of short fantasy stories ranging from early pulp style to the fable or fairy tale. While the stories are imaginative, they suffer from issues with wording* and use of fantasy tropes. I'd recommend a few of the stories (Enchantress of Rurne and Ahrion's Minions, in particular) to fans of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories as they share a similar feel.

These stories read as early work from a promising writer finding his voice; it will be interesting to see how these early writing experiences have honed his craft in the novel, Wolf's-Head: Rogues of Bindar.

2.5 stars

Review copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program.

*Wording in the stories seems to have come from a fantasy themed dictionary - peppering a story with older or medieval words is fine by me - lends a sense of time and character world - but this was a little much for my tastes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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