River Daughter and Other Stories

Rated 4.38/5 based on 9 reviews
Read these exciting stories of heroism, magic, sword and sorcery.

This is a collection of eight fantasy short stories from Annie Bellet.
Included are: River Daughter, La Última Esperanza, Roping the Mother, The Scent of Sunlight, All-purpose Luck, Delilah, Monsters, Some Like it Hot.
*Bonus Material*
The first five chapters of A Heart in Sun and Shadow, a fantasy novel. More

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About Annie Bellet

Annie Bellet is a full-time speculative fiction writer. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh.

She has sold fiction to AlienSkin Magazine, Contrary Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction Magazine. She's also collected a healthy stack of Honorable Mentions and placed as Semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat.

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Review by: pamela chismar on Oct. 19, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed River Daughter and other stories. All 4 tales were good reading ( interesting, entertaining, engrossing).
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: mirrani on May 31, 2012 :
I read only the short stories within this book and found them to be a refreshing take on fantasy. All taking place in modern times, the stories themselves have some form of legend within them, a few in places where you wouldn't quite expect. I very much enjoyed reading these and found they inspired my own creative instincts.

My only concern was with the final story, in which the mother taking care of her children finds her way to freedom from the life they had been living. I wasn't quite comfortable with the ending. I ended up worried for them all more than anything and wasn't sure if the release into the imagination was more of a situation of passing on from this life...

Great characters, locations and descriptions really pull you in. The reader will probably want to sit for a while and imagine even more coming from each story once they have finished it. A true way to fuel the imagination.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea on March 08, 2012 : (no rating)
This contains 4 short stories and the first 5 chapters of another of the author's novels. I am only reviewing the short stories here as the novel is on my list to be read and I will review that after I read the entire book. These short stories each contain an element of fantasy and are quite dark at times. The first one involves a pregnant witch who takes people up the river on her boat. She has a special relationship with the river where she nourishes the river and the river nourishes her. The second story involves crossing the border, but with a twist in it as to how the crossing is accomplished. The third involves a girl named Cassy that the town thinks is a witch and she ends up saving the town from a deadly tornado (with the help of another person). The last story is the story of a mom and her 2 children and the lengths she will go to protect them.

Overall I enjoyed these stories and it was a very quick read. I liked the fantasy elements in each of them but just felt like they were too short. There were also some typos that kind of threw me out of whack but there weren't too many. Some of the stories ended abruptly and I wish there had been a little bit more development. I look forward to reading a novel by this author which is on my reading list in the near future.

I received this ebook free through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: dana nelms on Feb. 26, 2012 :
wonderful writing and imagination. well written great stories!! a must read!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Feb. 22, 2012 :
This collection of short stories has quite a twist to them. They are a not for faint of heart.Good stories that keep your attention. topics are concerns we have now but different look at them.
River daughter is the first story. Ha takes care of the river and the river takes care of her. She does the job her mother and her mother's mother have done before her. Ha is pregnant with Truc. Three stran gers come and ask her to take them up river, she feels they wont let her keep her wages, but she needs the gold to have her power. Ha will protect the river if they are their to take from it.
La Ultima Esperanza
sneaking into the US to get better job to help family back home. Becareful what you agree to when you hire a coyete.
Roping the Mother
Lots of tornados and storm chasers.
10/04/2011 PUB Doomed Muse Press
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: K Gonzalez on Feb. 22, 2012 :
This collection of short stories were written exceptionally well. Each could have been developed further and probably been a best seller. As I read them I was amazed at the imagery created by the author. It had that Twighlight Zone feel to it, suspenseful, fantastical, bewitching, and masterfully presented. Highly recommend!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I won this from Library Thing and I have to say this collection of four stories did not disappoint. They all were well written and flowed nicely. The imagery was brilliant and descriptive. I felt like I was there with characters in the stories. My only complaint was I wished they were longer. I would definitely recommend others give this collection a go.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa on Feb. 07, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed each story in this collection and would recommend them to anyone! One of the stories reminded me of a typical tall tale that used to be popular years ago and all of them left me with a very good feeling for having read them. I would love to see an even larger number of stories in another collection.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeanne Alford on Oct. 30, 2011 :
Enchanting! Spooky and yet full of warmth.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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