a nice introduction for those unfamiliar with Ave,
This review is from: Chronicles of Ave (Kindle Edition)
For those who already know, Stephen Zimmer is the author of `The Fires in Eden' series. Here is an updated collection of short stories from those published in 2011.
Into Glory Ride sees Marragesh a young Trogen warrior using ingenuity as well as courage to save his people in the face of an invading army of Elves.
We meet the Sea Wolf Clan and learn that one person can make a big difference. The story manages to convey fear and anticipation before hurtling into an adrenalin-fuelled aerial battle.
Land of Shadow has Godfrey, an Avanoran knight on an expedition through the Shadowlands, where fierce creatures and the supernatural lurk. Tension and menace are both conveyed in equal measure.
The band of mercenaries that Godfrey leads reminded me of the conquistadors in `Aguirre: Wrath of God'. This sets things up nicely for future adventures into uncharted areas.
Lion Heart introduces the Amazu. Sigananda is a young warrior who is on an important journey to prevent a war. This has wizards, magic and warriors. I felt this was the weakest in the collection of shorts; it just did not manage to grip me as much as the others.
A Touch of Serenity explores Chinese mythology with dragons, demons and peasants all thrown into the mix, despite the epic grandeur and supernatural elements, this story all hinged on the actions, courage and resolve of one average man, a theme that continues to crop up in the author's work.
Moonlight's Grace has a distinctly Celtic feel to it, where love and romance are explored. But in true Zimmer style the peace is soon disturbed by a horde of gatecrashing Vikings: The Midragardens.
Winter's Embrace sets Teutonic knights and warrior monks against a supernatural backdrop. The uncompromising tough action sees our characters tested spiritually as much as physically. This story is a good showcase of Zimmer's knowledge of the Crusades.
All of these short stories are a nice introduction for those unfamiliar with Zimmer's work. If you want to test the water before committing to the epic series of novels, then these offer a little background and insight. Conversely if you are already a fan, then these provide additional insight, as well as new characters and lands to explore.