Synopses & Reviews
Original military themed high fantasy anthology featuring hard-hitting stories from Elizabeth Moon, Larry Correia, Sarah A. Hoyt, Glen Cook, and more.
Swords and Shields. Faith and Magic.
Grab your weapons and prepare, for the enemy is on the move.
High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections to save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters…they also feature epic battles.
Imagine a doctor struggling to identify the spy who has infiltrated his company’s ranks and poisoned his colleagues or a boy suspected of murder by a king yet protected by a princess as he helps her father against his own people. Imagine a butcher discovering that he’s called to lead an uprising, or a First Born knowing that she must betray her own in order to save humanity.
The possibilities are endless, but at the heart they have this in common: soldiers—ordinary and otherwise–struggling against extraordinary odds to survive the day. They must withstand dark magic, dodge enemy blades, and defy the odds to survive SHATTERED SHIELDS.
Sarah A. Hoyt
Wendy N. Wagner
Robin Wayne Bailey
John R. Fultz
James L. Sutter
About Shattered Shields:
"An inventive and thought-provoking set of tales that capture the bravery and terrors of battle. Carries the banner of military fantasy proudly."--John Marco, author of The Bronze Knight Series
About The Raygun Chronicles edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt:
"Fans of sf should enjoy this stylistically varied homage to a genre as old as the fiction . . . "--Library Journal
About Beyond the Sun edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt:
"Beyond the Sun mixes courage, redemption, and stark terror in tales of distant worlds. Buckle in."--Jack McDevitt, author of Firebird
"In this well-built anthology, 17 original stories cut to the heart of military fantasy, diving directly into the most exciting moments of dramatic bravery, grand battles, and life-changing heroism. New stories in the well-established worlds of authors Glen Cook, Elizabeth Moon, and Seanan McGuire will satisfy fans but fall a little flat outside of their fuller context. Freestanding tales feature compact worldbuilding and characters who rise from everyday to exceptional in the face of the challenges, such as the bard-turned-warrior of John R. Fultz's 'Yael of the Strings.' SCentaur battalions in Cat Rambo's 'Hoofsore and Weary' contrast with alternate-WWI dragon shapeshifters in Sarah A. Hoyt's charming 'Rising Above.' James L. Sutter's standout 'Bonded Men' offers warrior teamwork and a grand tribute to the power of love. Readers who prefer to cut straight to the action, but want more depth than pure hack-and-slash, will find these offerings appealing. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
is an author and editor of adult and children's speculative fiction. His debut science fiction novel was The Worker Prince,
followed by sequels The Returning
and The Exodus.
His childrens' books include 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids
and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter--Land Of Legends.
Schmidt has edited edited anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6
, Beyond The Sun
, Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age
and, with Jennifer Brozek, coedited military high fantasy original anthology, Shattered Shie
lds. Schmidt hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter.
Jennifer Brozek is an award winning editor, game designer, and author. Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited ten anthologies. Author of In a Gilded Light, The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting, Industry Talk, and the Karen Wilson Chronicles, she has more than fifty published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions. Jennifer also is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of both the Origins and the ENnie award, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS. Jennifer is also the author of the YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident. When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather.