Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters



[BOOKS] ✮ Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters By Mercedes Lackey – E17streets4all.co.uk In March , Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel,Arrows of the Queen No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career th In March , Mercedes Lackey, Tales of MOBI ☆ a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel,Arrows of the Queen No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career that would span Elementary: All-New Epub / decades and than a hundred novels, with no signs of slowing yet And among Ms Lackey s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those of the Elemental Masters The novels in this series are All-New Tales of eBook ¸ loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn of the century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air and Earth Now the voices of other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner.Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters

Mercedes entered this world on Tales of MOBI ☆ June , , in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in During the late s she worked as an artist s model and then went into Elementary: All-New Epub / the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in All-New Tales of eBook ¸ science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, somethingthan flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website.

Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters Epub
    Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters Epub of other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner."/>
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • English
  • 25 May 2018
  • 0756409594

10 thoughts on “Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters

  1. says:

    An anthology of 19 stories revolving around the Elemental Masters urban fantasy series set in Victorian England.The StoriesSamuel Conway s Fire Water is something of a parable with a dose of Solomon s judgment and a splash of tequila It s a unique interpretation as well as a cute description of how prey detects a predator the sun winks.Diana L Paxson s Fire Song blends ancient history with magic as a philosopher s family flees the overthrow of his patron Nice peek into the personal fea An anthology of 19 stories revolving around the Elemental Masters urban fantasy series set in Victorian England.The StoriesSamuel Conway s Fire Water is something of a parable with a dose of Solomon s judgment and a splash of tequila It s a unique interpretation as well as a cute description of how prey detects a predator the sun winks.Diana L Paxson s Fire Song blends ancient history with magic as a philosopher s family flees the overthrow of his patron Nice peek into the personal fears of a mother with the very real fears of pursuit and murder.Kristin Schwengel s Sails of the Armada is a very sad attempt to explain how the Spanish Armada truly met its doom It does take on a very personal perspective with the kidnapped Rodrigo s perspective and his friend, a sea serpent Rodrigo raises an interesting question as he wonders if one is only a heretic if one is an enemy.Fiona Patton s The Wild Rogue finds a wild, bad tempered Water mage drinking his demons away It s got plenty of twists and turns enough to get me very confused.Elizabeth A Vaughan s Feathers and Foundations finds Thomas Davies in trouble for not controlling the ravens in his new role as Ravenmaster at the Tower of London It s a struggle, for the ravens answer to Air while Davies is an Earth mage It s struggle that ends when Davies must use his power to heal.Dayle A Dermatis s Hearth and Family is a little bit fairy tale and a little bit persecution as a new family is formed and torn asunder It s the boy s return that accelerates decisions It s a sweet story and only a bit clich d.Louisa Swann s Secret Friends is an anomaly in the Elemental Masters series in that its protagonist, Nettie, gains cooperation from Air, Water, and Earth spirits It s a brief glimpse into her life, albeit a very dangerous episode in which she might lose her brother.Elisabeth Waters Fire s Daughter finds an upper class girl battling her mother over whether she ll be a proper young lady or an independent young woman It s both funny and sad as it reinforces the narrow view Victorian society had of what a woman could do.Cedric Johnson s Picking Up the Pieces is cute but juvenile and the writing needs a LOTpolish I think he included every idea he had about the story.Jennifer Brozek s The Price of Family is somewhat selfish and somewhat righteous, and the whole of it isreal than I think we d want to admit It s a choice between which family to save Josie s new family or reuniting a mother with her son.Tanya Huff s Arms of the Sea is both tragic and uplifting I know I seem to be quite confused about events in the previous story and this one, but if you read them, you ll understand It s a young crippled woman who battles against those who care for her, who only see a crippled person But Marie manages to get her way and accomplish quite a bit A good example of a complete story.Ben Ohlander s London Falling is disgusting and depressing, even as this sibling finally becomes an adult.Michele Lang s The King of the River Rats finds an intrepid woman reporter going against Tammany Hall to investigate the increasing number of missing girls It s a quick, fun read.Jody Lynn Nye s Air of Deception continues on from Elemental Magic Air of Mystery with Aurelia saving another s life with her swift thinking and deft hand with perfumes I did enjoy this story, almost as much as I enjoyed that first one I read.Stephanie Shaver s Fly or Fall finds Aurelia fleeing her gift It takes a young girl and her mother s ignorance to reconcile Aurelia with her own power A good story that is well written.Rosemary Edghill and Rebecca Fox s Bone Dance is confusing in small ways For one, I have no idea how the title relates to the story I had to hunt to understand how various characters were related and some aspects were rather juvenile And what s with this Council What happened to the White Lodge The story has promise, but needs work.Ron Collins The Flying Contraption concludes that one should never stop making mistakes, lol Of course, you have to clean up after It s a cute story and well written about a very curious little girl and the Wright brothers.Gail Sanders and Michael Z Williamson s A Peony Amongst Roses is an unexpected foray into peony gardens and their value in protecting the royals Sure I love peonies they are absolutely gorgeous, but Sanders Williamson do nothing to elucidate on this Yeah, I know It protects against evil I m sorry but it s too vague for me on how the peony accomplishes this I guess short stories aren t required to be complete It is cute with lots of interesting detail, except that one that I really want.Mercedes Lackey s Into the Woods is an excerpt, the start, from Blood Red , 10 I see this as a cheat of a short story even though Blood Red is a good story.The Cover and TitleThe cover is a collage of the short stories and begins with a bright blue and purple set of draperies for the background, an inset rectangle with a woman in yellow and a man in a top hat with a cat sitting atop the rectangle and a pair of birds flying at them.The title is basic enough, for it is Elementary All New Tales of the Elemental Masters

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    I ve come to accept that every anthology has two or three amazing stories, two or three stories that I completely hate for one reason or another, and a bunch of stories that fall somewhere in between.This particular anthology is ostensibly a series of short stories set in the world of Mercedes Lackey s Elemental Masters series most of which take place in the Edwardian period, primarily in Britain my favourite, The Fire Rose, takes place in America They are also all retellings of fairy tales I ve come to accept that every anthology has two or three amazing stories, two or three stories that I completely hate for one reason or another, and a bunch of stories that fall somewhere in between.This particular anthology is ostensibly a series of short stories set in the world of Mercedes Lackey s Elemental Masters series most of which take place in the Edwardian period, primarily in Britain my favourite, The Fire Rose, takes place in America They are also all retellings of fairy tales or folk stories within this setting, and with an overlay of elemental magic on top.With a few exceptions, none of the stories in this anthology deal with fairy tales, and many of them are set in a different time and place, leaving only the elemental magic aspect to tie them in Despite this, some of the ones that don t fit are still quite good I do feel like there was a length limit on some of these stories that negatively affected them I d have been all right with fewer, longer stories in here I also had the nagging sense thatthan a few of the authors in here didn t get a complete sense of what it means to be an Elemental Magician or Master, as they are different in Lackey s established world, and that took away from my enjoyment in a couple cases.Unlike my usual anthology review, I m going to list all of them, with commentary, rather than just the ones I feel are worth re reading In order of appearance Fire Water, by Samuel Conway, is one that doesn t fit the setting, but does have certain folktale elements, explaining how something came to be I liked it, despite it being very much not what I would have expected from this anthology Fire Song, by Diana Paxson Having only experienced Diana Paxson s work in the SS anthologies, I was expecting strong characterization and an emotionally compelling story This was not that Set in ancient Greece, this had far too many minor characters and far too little plot for my liking Disappointing Sails of the Armada, by Kristin Schwengel One of the gems of this anthology Well written and very emotionally evocative The Wild Rogue, by Fiona Patton Another excellent story Set about 20 years before the Regency, and Patton actually manages to do a decent job with the style of the era Feathers and Foundations, by Elizabeth Vaughan Meh It has good moments, and a decent premise, but seems like the ending was intended to connect to something longer Hearth and Family, by Dayle Dermatis I had a sneaking suspicion that this was supposed to be a Hansel and Gretel retelling, but it wasn t overt enough to make me cranky Emotionally compelling and mostly well written Secret Friends, by Louisa Swann This one made me really cranky Set in San Francisco around the time of the gold rush, the plot could have been an excellent reversal of the Chinese sex slavery rampant at that time Instead, it s a bland and unoriginal view of the foreign Other as the unambiguous villain of the story, with bad dialogue Nope Fire s Daughter, by Elisabeth Waters The dialogue is stilted and often jarring, and the details of the protagonist s life stretch my suspension of disbelief, but overall I kind of liked this story Picking Up the Pieces, by Cedric Johnson Oh honey no A redhead and a blonde named Garnet and Pearl, respectively Seriously This also reeks of the aftermath of the usual fairy tale , where a magic hero rescues a magic princess, who automagically loves him because he s MAGIC and SAVED HER and oh god please no The Price of Family, by Jennifer Brozek I liked this one It s not AMAZING, but it is a solid story with good writing and ambiguously motivated characters, which sets it above some of the other stories in this book Arms of the Sea, by Tanya Huff, is possibly my favourite story in the whole book This is one of the few that really follow in the footsteps of The Fire Rose, with excellent writing, realistic dialogue, and compelling characters London Falling, by Ben Ohlander I did not think I would like this one when I started reading it as I m not really a fan of first person in sf f , but the ending turned my assumptions about the main characters on their ears, and while I m not sure I d read it again, I did end up kind of liking it The King of the River Rats, by Michele Lang Not particularly memorable Not bad, OH WAIT except for the ending, where the POWER OF WUV isimportant to the protagonist than her independence Fuck that Air of Deception, by Jody Lynn Nye EEEE PERFUME FANDOM A little silly in places, a little stilted in the dialogue, but I loved it anyway Fly or Fall, by Stephanie Shaver Yay, another of MZB s SS writers I am amused that two stories in a row have protagonists named Aurelia who work with Air magic This is good and I liked it quite a bit, despite some small nitpicks Bone Dance, by Rosemary Edghill and Rebecca Fox Not so much a retelling of Jekyll Hyde as a view of the influence it could have had on a rogue Elemental Magician Good writing, solid story I liked it The Flying Contraption, by Ron Collins Cute little story For once, someone writes a convincing 10 year old A Peony Amongst Roses, by Gail Sanders and Michael Williamson Meh This wasn t bad, but I felt the pacing was a bit off I do like the protagonist, though, and I like stories about gardening and political scheming, so This was one that could have done well as a longer story Into the Woods, by Mercedes Lackey Straight up Little Red Riding Hood Not even a little different A resounding Meh

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    I ve enjoyed the full length novels in this series, and in this collection, a variety of authors get to play around in Lackey s Edwardian fantasy series.It was interesting to see the different approaches the authors took when it came to weaving a story set in a world with both magic and technology Some of the stories were so rich that it s a pity they won t be developed into longer novels.I especially loved the interaction of a young mage with the Wright Brothers in The Flying Contraption, an I ve enjoyed the full length novels in this series, and in this collection, a variety of authors get to play around in Lackey s Edwardian fantasy series.It was interesting to see the different approaches the authors took when it came to weaving a story set in a world with both magic and technology Some of the stories were so rich that it s a pity they won t be developed into longer novels.I especially loved the interaction of a young mage with the Wright Brothers in The Flying Contraption, and the exceptionally grim story The Bone Dance, in which a chemist s goal is to recreate the potion from Robert Louis Stevenson s Dr Jekyll tale.Overall, the stories were interesting and enjoyable, if you like the general tone of the Elemental Masters series in the original form.For those who have never read any of that series, there s a snippet from one of the novels as the last story in the anthology If you like that one, you would probably like the novels

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    Another anthology of stories set in Mercedes Lackey s Elemental Masters universe.The stories were, on the whole, pretty even Only disappointment was Mercede s own story She later used it as the opening chapters of one of her books, so I felt vaguely cheated.All in all, though, it was a good and enjoyable read 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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    These sorts of books are hard to review Some of the stories I hated so much and were so boring my eyes glazed over while reading Some I enjoyed, Some i neither liked or disliked So in the end I rate it it was ok I think i would of rated it higher if they started the book with some of theinteresting stories because starting it with the boring ones just sets the whole book up with a bad feeling I did however like that some of the stories were continuations of stories found in Element These sorts of books are hard to review Some of the stories I hated so much and were so boring my eyes glazed over while reading Some I enjoyed, Some i neither liked or disliked So in the end I rate it it was ok I think i would of rated it higher if they started the book with some of theinteresting stories because starting it with the boring ones just sets the whole book up with a bad feeling I did however like that some of the stories were continuations of stories found in Elemental magic

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    I really liked how Jody Lynn Nye was able to contribute a second story with the same cast of characters from the first anthology I d like to see this continue with other authors, there are several very compelling characters from whom I d like to seefor instance, Marie from Arms of the Sea and El from The Fire s Daughter.

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    Set in Victorian England this anthology of 19 stories revolves around the Elemental Masters urban fantasy series I give this book 4 stars There were 15 stories I liked in this antho My fav s are Fire s Daughter by Elisabeth Waters,Arms of the Sea by Tanya Huff,The King of the River Rats by Michele Lang,Air of Deception by Jody Lynn Nye,Fly or Fall by Stephanie Shaver,Bone Dance by Rosemary Edghill and Rebecca Fox,A Peony Amongst Roses by Gail Sanders and Michael Z Williamson,and Into the Woo Set in Victorian England this anthology of 19 stories revolves around the Elemental Masters urban fantasy series I give this book 4 stars There were 15 stories I liked in this antho My fav s are Fire s Daughter by Elisabeth Waters,Arms of the Sea by Tanya Huff,The King of the River Rats by Michele Lang,Air of Deception by Jody Lynn Nye,Fly or Fall by Stephanie Shaver,Bone Dance by Rosemary Edghill and Rebecca Fox,A Peony Amongst Roses by Gail Sanders and Michael Z Williamson,and Into the Woods by Mercedes Lackey 0 My ratings by story are as follows 1.Fire Water by Samuel Conway I gave this story 3 stars It was whimsical 2.Fire Song by Diana L Paxson I gave this story 3 stars It had an interesting ending This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho 3.Sails of the Armada by Kristin Schwengel I gave this story 3 stars It was sad but was written well.4.The Wild Rogue by Fiona Patton I gave this story 3.5 4 stars It was nice and lively 0p5.Feathers and Foundations by Elizabeth A Vaughan I gave this story 4 stars This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho I was thrilled to continue with the tale Good word use I connected to the story it was a vivid tale 0 6.Hearth and Family by Dayle A Dermatis I gave this story 4 stars There were sad parts.7.Secret Friends by Louisa Swann I gave this story 4 stars Good tale.8.Fire s Daughter by Elisabeth Waters I gave this story 4.5 stars This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho I really wantstory though.Hope there is a continuation 0 9.Picking Up the Pieces by Cedric Johnson I gave this story 4 stars Good tale.This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho This story is set 15 years later.10.The Price of Family by Jennifer Brozek I gave this story 3.5 4 stars It had a sad ending.11.Arms of the Sea by Tanya Huff I gave this story 4.5 stars I really wantstory though.Hope there is a continuation 0 12.London Falling by Ben Ohlander I gave this story 3.5 4 stars Not a good ending Well written disturbing tale.13.The King of the River Rats by Michele Lang I gave this story 4 stars Good tale.This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho Awesome yet sad 0 14.Air of Deception by Jody Lynn Nye I gave this story 4 stars This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho I would not mindstories 0p15.Fly or Fall by Stephanie Shaver I gave this story 4 stars This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho 0 16.Bone Dance by Rosemary Edghill and Rebecca Fox I gave this story 4.5 stars This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho 0p17.The Flying Contraption by Ron Collins I gave this story 3.5 stars It was cute Interesting retelling of historic event Wink.18.A Peony Amongst Roses by Gail Sanders and Michael Z Williamson I gave this story 4.5 stars This was a continuation of the short story from the 1st antho I love the main character she has such a strong spirit.That is why I still wantstory though.Hope there is a continuation 0p19 Into the Woods by Mercedes Lackey I gave this story 4.5 stars This is the start forBlood Red Kinda sad but good Great twist to fairy tale SpoilersNote to Self 1.Fire Water by Samuel Conway Octli rabbit , bird, Earth Master old lady.2.Fire Song by Diana L Paxson Kyria mom,daughter,Water Magic Empedocles her son,3yo,fire magic , Eudocia mother Archilaus Pythagorean philosopher,dad ,Lysander 8yo,philosophers youngest pupil , Polycritos oldest pupil , Nicolaus oldest pupil ,Picus 14yo,son of Roman , Meto her husband.3.Sails of the Armada by Kristin Schwengel 1588 Rodrigo sailor,water magic,pal,died ,Tareixa sea serpent,water elemental 4.The Wild Rogue by Fiona Patton 1783 Christopher Walcot half bro,Kit,Water mage,maybe future Bow Street Runner ,Edward Teddy,elder bro,Baron Clive of Plassy Henrietta intended ,Lottie sis ,Lizzie sis ,Rebecca Becky,Fire Mage,sis ,Uncle Neville Royal Astronomer ,Henry Keeling Bow Street Runner,godfather.5.Feathers and Foundations by Elizabeth A VaughanThomas Davies Earth Master,ex Royal Army,Yeoman Warder Ravenmaster in Tower of London ,Lt General Loftus Tower of London ,Colonel Doyle Tower of London ,Arthur Duke of Wellington, Constable Tower Field Marshall.6.Hearth and Family by Dayle A Dermatis Klara widow,fire magician,mill owner,new guardian ,Frieda 13yo,sis,water magician,run away ,George 14yo,bro,earth magician,run away,conscripted German Army,soldier.7.Secret Friends by Louisa Swann San Francisco Nettie 12yo, Air Magician,sis ,Wu Li bro,Fire Magician ,Mama Wu mother 8.Fire s Daughter by Elisabeth WatersSophia Pearce sis,pal,new governess,Fire Magician ,Lady Mary mom,daughter of Water Magician ,Eleanora 12yo,twin sis,apprentice physician,Fire Master ,Sir Nicholas Fire Master,dad,runs medical practice,physician ,Albert Water Master,twin bro,pupil ,Father Pearce her bro,Water Magician,Albert s mentor ,Dr.Sarah Clarke pal ,Duke grandad,Master.9.Picking Up the Pieces by Cedric JohnsonClara Wohltat mom,sis,Earth Magician Thaddeus Wohltat Earth Master Garnet their daughter,older twin sis,14yo,kitchen magic Pearl their daughter,twin sis,14yo,animal magic ,Silas great uncle ,Ephram great uncle , white stag,Clara s bro,spirit ,Bernhard Furst bro,ex cursed bear,now Peal s betrothed.10.The Price of Family by Jennifer BrozekJosie 9yo,food thief,orphanage run away,new Fire Magician,trainee ,Edward Huffington Huff,Fire Master,blacksmith,mentor ,Seneca Fire spirit,mom,forge prisoner ,Scintil fire spirit,son,wild, chimney prisoner,man killer.11.Arms of the Sea by Tanya HuffMarie Hudson 20yo,crippled w injured spine,Water Master,late captains daughter,pal , Mrs.Barton her caretaker , her mom,widow,Air Master ,Uncle Edward ,Dr.Evans her doc ,Dr.Harris Earth Master,dad,new doc ,Capt.Conner Water Master,retired from her Majesty s Navy ,Ealasaid Harris Ellie,daughter,medium,new pal , Capt.Alistair Williams Fire Master,Citadel officer,Ellie s pal ,Erik Ahlquist ship Capt., maybe love interest , Brain elder bro,Edward s son,steamship Capt.,died ,Bradley Water Master,bro,son,clipper Capt.,died 12.London Falling by Ben Ohlander sis,Fire Master,maimed hand , older bro,Fire Master,corrupt,died , father,Fire Master.13.The King of the River Rats by Michele Lang 1886 NYC Jane Emerson Fire Master,protegee reporter,pal ,Rose elemental phoenix,her pal,familiar ,Daniel Tappen publisher,Air Master,employer,mentor ,Polly March Jane s 1st guardian.14.Air of Deception by Jody Lynn NyeAurelia Degard apprentice perfumeuse,Air Magician ,Hyr Air Elemental,Sylph,workroom perfume shop , M.Rupier employer,perfume shop owner,perfumeuse,Water Master , Alfonse perfume shop door warden,Earth Magician ,Madame Goltier perfume shop customer,French spy,singer 15.Fly or Fall by Stephanie Shaver Chicago Aurelia Weiss chef,Air Master,sis,ex New York socialite ,Alice Foster daughter,Fire Magician,was sick ,Mrs.Grace Foster mom,can see elemental s Ellis Foster father,not biological ,Millicent Weiss Millie,sis,Air Magician,died ,Robert Fire Master,biological dad,fiance,died.16.Bone Dance by Rosemary Edghill and Rebecca FoxCapt.Frederick Wentworth earth Master,Animal Speaker Lady Mina ,Cinder Animal Speaker,latent Earth Magician, Goose girl ,daughter ,Bounce dog,terrier ,Bucket stray pup ,Percy raven , Bright Eyes cat , Jingo monkey ,Claire Prentiss her mom,eloped w Russian lion tamer,Sir Henry ,Major General Earl of Chawleigh ,Alderscroft head of Council.17.The Flying Contraption by Ron CollinsDaisy Mae Fuller 10yo,Air magician,shop cleaner ,Wilbur Wright bro,shop owner,inventor ,Orville Wright bro,shop co owner,inventor ,Timmy fuller older bro.18.A Peony Amongst Roses by Gail Sanders and Michael Z WilliamsonMei Hua Walsingham diplomats daughter,orphan,works at Royal Botanic Gardens ,Mrs.Harton Memsa b Sahib Harton,Mr.Isaac Burkill expert botanist,Herbarium ,King George V new king ,Henry Walsingham her dad,spirit,King s Representative to Emperor of China Mrs.Wang her mom,spirit ,Lord Alderscroft Fire Master 19 Into the Woods by Mercedes Lackey Rosamund Ackermann Rosa,Earth Magic,trainee,now ward of Brotherhood of the Foresters ,Mutti her mom,Lutheran,fire magic Vati her dad,fire magic,schoolmaster ,Onkel Hans her uncle Tante Bertha her aunt ,GroBmutter Helga earth Master,mentor, killed died ,Hunt Master Brotherhood of the Foresters ,Gilda Brotherhood of the Foresters ,Hans Brotherhood of the Foresters ,Fritz Brotherhood of the Foresters

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    Since this is a collection of short stories some are hit and miss for me Several seemed to be sad The story from Lackey is the prologue of Blood Red, which is one of my favorites All together an ok group of stories.

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    This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there forin depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.This collection of short stories is a combination of new tales in Mercedes Lackey s Elemental Masters world, with a weird injection of some authors who have no idea what the Elements should be like Fire Water by Samuel Conway brings a fishhawk to a rabbit to stop a small war I found this entertaining because it was from a different perspective This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there forin depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.This collection of short stories is a combination of new tales in Mercedes Lackey s Elemental Masters world, with a weird injection of some authors who have no idea what the Elements should be like Fire Water by Samuel Conway brings a fishhawk to a rabbit to stop a small war I found this entertaining because it was from a different perspective, and it was not what I was expecting from this short story collection at all Fire Song by Diana L Paxson takes a young boy out of the city with his family Fascinating bit of history to be had this one it was predictable though, of course the son was able to do wonderful things Masters of the elements do tend to be a bit strange, particularly double masters I wanted to knowabout the future of that child though Sails of the Armada by Kristen Schwengel forces a Galician sailor into the Spanish Armada I did know the background for this one The ending wasn t quite what was typical for novels, which was actually pretty good I only wish I knewabout his earlier life The Wild Rogue by Fiona Patton puts a young water mage into the drunk tank This one complete loss I had no idea what was going on Feathers and Foundations by Elizabeth A Vaughan induces an earth mage to seek a rift This waslike what I would hope from a story Yes, it had the history element, but it was also well written and fitting in with the way Lackey writes her stories I was just waiting for the ah ha moment the whole time I wish it has been a novel Hearth and Family by Dayle A Dermatis solves a problem for a woman without a family This was just as good as the previous short story This reminded me of a fairytale for some reason, but its basing in history worked well Secret Friends by Louisa Swann draws unexpected assistance to a girl who is about to lose her brother This was perfect for a short story Fire s Daughter by Elizabeth Waters musters new friends for Eleanora This would work well as a longer story It was right within the vein of Lackey s works I did have a moment thinking she was trans, but she wasn t Picking Up the Pieces by Cedric Johnson introduces another victim of Marco I think this had Pearl and Garnet in it, and ugh, they were just too tidy and annoying The Price of Family by Jennifer Brozek presents Josie with a problem of ethics I don t appear to have written notes about this one Arms of the Sea by Tanya Huff challenges a crippled water master I loved it it highlighted stupid menfolk and the power of healing London Falling by Ben Ohlander leads a fire mage to his missing brother This was powerful and disturbing, but I don t think it was canon within Lackey s works The King of the River Rats by Michele Lang involves a fire mage reporter in multiple disappearances of young women This had the potential to be bigger, but I was personally frustrated by Jane s minor role Not to mention I was confused by the ending Air of Deception by Jody Lynn Nye mixes an apprentice parfumeuse with a spy This was excellent I feel sure however that I have previously read this or something very similar Fly or Fall by Stephanie Shaver compels an air mage with a bitter choice This was well written and quirky Bone Dance by Rosemary Edghill Rebecca Fox follows an earth master in a desperate hunt I m not sure why it was called this It was very good and I enjoyed the different perspective and empathised with the Captain The Flying Contraption by Ron Collins guides a young air mage into the workshop of the Wright brothers Arg Why was she not taught air magic responsibly This was an interesting take on the Wright brother legend A Peony Amongst Roses by Gail Sanders Michael Z Williamson relates the trials of a young earth mage whose talent is growing flowers I felt like I had read this before, but it was enjoyable and crafty all the same It could have been a good start to a novel Into the Woods by Mercedes Lackey tells the adventures of a young earth mage in her red riding hood This was the Mercedes Lackey original However it didn t have much substance and ended the way I expected a fairy tale Absolutely online with her other stories but nothing new, and certainly nothing exciting This is just the beginning of Blood Red.I read this selection of short stories a very long time ago now While some of them were good, others failed miserably I waited so long on posting the review because I didn t have all the story names and authors Even now, I think I have two of the stories mixed up

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    I don t use star ratings, so please read my review Description nicked from B N.com In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career that would span decades andthan a hundred novels, with no signs of slowing yet And among Ms Lackey s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those of the Elemental Masters The novel I don t use star ratings, so please read my review Description nicked from BN.com In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career that would span decades andthan a hundred novels, with no signs of slowing yet And among Ms Lackey s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those of the Elemental Masters The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn of the century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air and Earth.Now the voices of other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner The Elemental Masters series has gotten kind of derivative, and although I ve enjoyed the past few books, I haven t felt that they were especially creative I also felt the same about the original short story volume, last year s Elemental Magic I am happy to report that Elementary far surpasses its predecessor and even the novels upon which it is based.I was initially excited to see that the stories were drawing from ancient literary sources to craft their tales, and one story even touched on the historical events that led to the defeat of the Spanish Armada by the British fleet It really felt like there was an attempt being made to pull the entire volume together with a common theme beyond just the world that it s based on However, after the first three stories, that conceit was dropped I was disappointed, but the stories that came after were still strong despite not following in the footsteps of the earlier tales Of these three stories, Samuel C Conway s Fire Water is the best one, with a charmingly skittish rabbit and a benevolent, grandmotherly Earth mage.Like in the Valdemar anthologies, several of the authors have chosen to carry over characters and storylines from the first volume My favorite of these is Air of Deception by Jody Lynn Nye Her main character is an apprentice perfume maker, which I think is a very creative application of the powers of an Air Master Another story that I really liked although I can t remember if it s a continuation from the first book is Ben Ohlander s London Falling While most of the stories are tidily wrapped up, or at least have a positive ending, this one delves into darker territory It s a reminder that even strong magicians can meet their match and have to take drastic measures to preserve their lives The story is deliciously creepy and a nice change from the other tales.As to the others, Elisabeth Waters Fire s Daughter caught my interest, with a girl on the cusp of puberty who was raised as a boy and does not want to step into a woman s traditional gender roles Pair this with the fact that she s a powerful Fire Mage in training, and you have a recipe for a horrifying disaster Other tales feature mages who are reluctant to truly commit to their magic or who have abandoned it for some reason In a shared world where magic is usually something sought after, seeing those to whom it doesn t come gently is a great choice of subject matter.Overall, I was muchpleased with this volume than I expected to be The stories were well written, covered a variety of subjects and geographic locations and time periods, and didn t shy away from dipping a bit into the dark side of magic when appropriate If you know someone who might like the Elemental Masters series, this book of stories would be a good introduction.This review originally appeared on Owlcat Mountain on January 27, 2014

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