For lovers of the sword and sorcery genre of fantasy novels, Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology by Gary F. Vanucci, will satisfy your every craving. A collection of short stories that introduce the characters who inhabit the Realm of Ashenclaw, Wothlondia Rising has everything the reader expects – magic creatures, valiant heroes, and devious villains aplenty – engaged in dastardly deeds and derring-do that will keep you up at night.
Vanucci has a deft hand at description and dialogue that creates the proper mood for his mystical realm. From Rose Thorne, a not-yet woman with strange powers, to zombies that threaten the existence of Ashenclaw, he offers up fully fleshed characters with complex histories and motivations, giving an insight into the heroes they are born to be.
I was fortunate enough to be able to read a free review copy of Wothlondia Rising, and while I’d planned to do it over a long holiday weekend, I found it impossible to put down. Everything else was put on hold while I thumbed anxiously through these tales. At the end I was left with a strong desire to know: what next for them? If you like fantasy, I can guarantee you’ll love this collection of fantastic tales, and be left thirsting for the rest of the series.
(review of free book)