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Nine Heroes: Tales of Heroic Fantasy by [Rhein, Walter, Morris, Chris, Morris, Janet, Butcher, A.L., Porteous, Shane, Glenn, Teel James, Brown, Douglas R., McCandless, R.A., Duckworth, Jesse, Barczak, Tom]
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  • Publisher: Stencil Press (23 Feb. 2014)
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Nine Heroes is exactly what the title says - a fantasy anthology consisting of nine heroic tales, each from a different author, each with a different hero. Here you will find the work of authors of renown, such as Janet and Chris Morris; plus some from authors not so well known but who certainly deserve to be. Each tale is completely different from its fellows, each is written with skill.

Black Sword, by Janet and Chris Morris, is a classical tale highlighting the dangers of accepting gifts from strangers. Beware of that harmless-looking, wizened old crone - she might not be all she seems!

The Act of Sleepless Nights by Walter Rhein, goes to show that a man should stick to his principles, even in the face of a higher authority, if he wants to command respect.

In To Kill a Myth, by Jesse Duckworth, the hero must look past the physical in order to see the monster behind.

No Life to Small, by Douglas R. Brown, is the tale of a truly altruistic hero who goes even beyond that extra mile.

In the flash fiction piece To Live, by the incomparable Tom Barczak, the hero discovers how strong the will to live can be.

Shane Porteous’ Dozen is a tale of determination and skill in the face of almost overwhelming odds.

In Just One Mistake, by Alexandra Butcher, the hero is trapped into using his skills for another.

Teel James Glenn’s Witness to Death manages to engender some sympathy for the monster his hero is determined to destroy.

And in Through the Sting of Fairy Smoke by RobRoy McCandless, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Anyone who loves fantasy, action, adventure, heroic tales, and excellent writing should snap up a copy of Nine Heroes without delay!
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This compilation brings together an outstanding group of writers who deliver a series of compelling tales of the act of heroism in its many and varied forms. I was especially pleased with the variety of the stories and the fact that a number of the heroes struggled not only with their foes, but also with their own flaws and shortcomings.

In Black Sword, veteran writers Janet and Chris Morris bring heroic fantasy to life through the eyes of the mighty Rhesos. He battles with foes of flesh and blood while dealing with his own inner turmoil and a search for a sense of his true self. Rhesos is a fearless warrior who deals decisively with all comers, yet struggles to understand his place in the world. Vivid battle scenes combined with a deeper philosophical journey made for a great story.

The Act of Sleepless Nights by Walter Rhein provides the reader with a very realistic portrayal of Kinter, a soldier and leader who's flaws are many and well know to his men. Yet for all of these flaws, an inherent sense of morality drives him to make the hard choices that others will not. The is a solid story of a damaged leader who's personal life is a far cry from ideal, but who's actions in the field speak volumes about his true character.

To Kill a Myth by Jesse Duckworth is a story about having the courage to stand up for what's right, not matter the cost. The characters Mattock and Delilah risk all to destroy an evil that has plagued the land for time indeterminate. Duckworth shows how much one will sacrifice for love, but also delves deeper into the way that evil takes many forms as it inserts itself into society.
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A wonderful collection of fantasy tales to take hold of any reader's attention.

Black Sword and No Life Too Small were exceptional.

5* Fantasy Read
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes abound in this exceptional book! 18 May 2014
By Travis Ludvigson, Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This compilation brings together an outstanding group of writers who deliver a series of compelling tales of the act of heroism in its many and varied forms. I was especially pleased with the variety of the stories and the fact that a number of the heroes struggled not only with their foes, but also with their own flaws and shortcomings.

In Black Sword, veteran writers Janet and Chris Morris bring heroic fantasy to life through the eyes of the mighty Rhesos. He battles with foes of flesh and blood while dealing with his own inner turmoil and a search for a sense of his true self. Rhesos is a fearless warrior who deals decisively with all comers, yet struggles to understand his place in the world. Vivid battle scenes combined with a deeper philosophical journey made for a great story.

The Act of Sleepless Nights by Walter Rhein provides the reader with a very realistic portrayal of Kinter, a soldier and leader who's flaws are many and well know to his men. Yet for all of these flaws, an inherent sense of morality drives him to make the hard choices that others will not. The is a solid story of a damaged leader who's personal life is a far cry from ideal, but who's actions in the field speak volumes about his true character.

To Kill a Myth by Jesse Duckworth is a story about having the courage to stand up for what's right, not matter the cost. The characters Mattock and Delilah risk all to destroy an evil that has plagued the land for time indeterminate. Duckworth shows how much one will sacrifice for love, but also delves deeper into the way that evil takes many forms as it inserts itself into society.

Bravery comes in all ages as becomes quickly apparent when 15 year old Rasi dives headfirst into a valley of flying death to save an innocent in: No Life Too Small by Douglas R. Brown. Rasi is the embodiment of the hero who faces down seeming insurmountable odds to protect those unable to protect themselves.

Barczak's To Live wets the appetite with the rise of a gladiator who's returning memory brings with it the realization that his sword and his life are one in the same.

Dozen by Shane Porteous thrusts the reader into a harrowing attack by bloodthirsty beasts with an appetite for human flesh. The protagonist Seutzingol shows his mettle as he puts his skills to the test against these beasts and makes the choice to stand and fight to help a stranger in need. As you read "Dozen" you may find yourself looking out a darkened window just to be sure the beasts aren't coming for you. Sacrifice and honor are the most apt words to describe the message conveyed by Seutzingol and his acts of heroism.

Just One Mistake by A.L. Butcher tackles another type of bravery and heroism. Coel the minstrel lives a life that was thrust upon him by his past. An orchestrated encounter forces him to take on a mission in which he is subject to the possibility of imprisonment or death, situations far more than what your typical minstrel tends to risk. He displays both resolve and courage in facing the danger and taking on a mission which will strike a blow against a vile part of the flawed society in which he lives.

In Witness to Death by Teel James Glenn, the reader follows Shouette, a warrior priest of Kova as he uses his finely honed skills to bring evil to heel. In the process he is able to offer his protection to one, and a sense of closure and relief to others. Shouette shows what it is to have courage as he genuinely feels fear, but acts in spite of that fear to do what must be done.

Through the Sting of Fairy Smoke by R.A. McCandless is another great example of the flawed, corrupted hero. Pel Rogue is a champion who's addiction has taken control and driven him down into a dark place. Yet he finds within him a strength that has lain dormant to help him face his difficult trials. McCandless gives the reader a look into the damage inflicted by addiction and how even the strongest hero can be brought down and must battle his inner demons before he can rise again.

Nine Heroes is a fantastic book and a very entertaining read that I would highly recommend to all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All of them were entertaining for me! 22 July 2014
By Tamara! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of short story compilations. This didn't fail me at any time either, keeping my love alive. Once again I got to immerse myself into some FANTASTIC tales of heroes, anti-heroes and people just trying to do the 'right' thing in spite of the odds and dangers. I enjoyed EVERY tale. Was going to break them all down individually, but truly, as they all had something that appealed to me. Some were rather sad at the end, but the adventure was worth the trip. Some were just plain fun over all, and the breathtaking moments, battles, 'good vs evil' and the sword play, it just kept me happily entertained from start to finish. Plus some great covers of other books each author has out, and a bit of a profile on them so not only were some old favorites there to be re-visited, but also learned about some new ones too that are sure to be well worth a look.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun sampling of various Heroes 13 Dec. 2014
By S E Lindberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nine Heroes: Tales of Heroic Fantasy delivers nine tales of heroism as promised. The writing style and types of hero are varied, as most anthology readers expect and desire.

I am biased toward deeper, intricate writing, so I devoured the Morris' Homeric contribution that introduces Rhesos, a demi-god. The character is likely getting a dedicated novel in the near future. Check out Donny Swords on-line 2014 interview with Janet Morris to learn details. Black Sword is very thoughtful story that blends, myth, history, and fantasy.

I'm huge fan of Barczak's peotic dark style (his Veil of the Dragon is a great read) though his entry was only a flash-fiction piece--I desired more. Butcher's entry was timely interesting since I just read The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles; I liked Coel as character, as well as exploring the land of Erana more, but he did not seem to be heroic in the story--I gather that he does become a hero in other Erana novels.

Author Fishing: In anthologies I hope to discover an author who intrigues me: R.A. McCandless sufficed. The plight and past of Pel Rogue was very engaging, and the character development most engaging. I'll have to look out for more McCandless.

Navigation warning for the Kindle: There was no linked table of contents, so if you want to skip to a chapter/author... you'll have to scroll/search your way there. With only nine tales, this is workable; but anthologies should be available for non-linear reading.

Table of Contents (Heroes in parentheses)
(demi-god "Rhesos") Black Sword by Janet E. Morris and Chris Morris
(insubordinate soldier "Kinter") The Act of Sleepless Nights by Walter Rhein
(villager "Mattock") To Kill a Myth by Jesse Duckworth
(dragon hunting "Rasi") No Life Too Small by Douglas R. Brown
(nameless gladiator?) To Live by Tom Barczak
(champion "Seutzingol") Dozen by Shane Porteus
(emerging thief "Coel") Just One Mistake by A.L. Butcher
(warrior priest "Shoutte") Witness to Death by Teel James Glenn
(servant of the peace "Pel Rogue") Through the Sting of Fairy Smoke by R.A. McCandless
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of new and unique tales from some awesome writers. BUY IT NOW! 20 Feb. 2014
By C. Peace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nine Heroes is exactly what the title says - a fantasy anthology consisting of nine heroic tales, each from a different author, each with a different hero. Here you will find the work of authors of renown, such as Janet and Chris Morris; plus some from authors not so well known but who certainly deserve to be. Each tale is completely different from its fellows, each is written with skill.

Black Sword, by Janet and Chris Morris, is a classical tale highlighting the dangers of accepting gifts from strangers. Beware of that harmless-looking, wizened old crone - she might not be all she seems!

The Act of Sleepless Nights by Walter Rhein, goes to show that a man should stick to his principles, even in the face of a higher authority, if he wants to command respect.

In To Kill a Myth, by Jesse Duckworth, the hero must look past the physical in order to see the monster behind.

No Life to Small, by Douglas R. Brown, is the tale of a truly altruistic hero who goes even beyond that extra mile.

In the flash fiction piece To Live, by the incomparable Tom Barczak, the hero discovers how strong the will to live can be.

Shane Porteous’ Dozen is a tale of determination and skill in the face of almost overwhelming odds.

In Just One Mistake, by Alexandra Butcher, the hero is trapped into using his skills for another.

Teel James Glenn’s Witness to Death manages to engender some sympathy for the monster his hero is determined to destroy.

And in Through the Sting of Fairy Smoke by RobRoy McCandless, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Anyone who loves fantasy, action, adventure, heroic tales, and excellent writing should snap up a copy of Nine Heroes without delay!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* Fantasy Read 9 Jan. 2016
By Peter Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nine Heroes: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Kindle Edition
Janet Morris & Chris Morris, et al

A wonderful collection of fantasy tales to take hold of any reader's attention.

Black Sword and No Life Too Small were exceptional.

5* Fantasy Read
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