Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set
by C.J. Brightley, Lindsay Buroker, Francesca Forrest, Kyra Halland, Angela Holder, Ronald Long, Mike Reeves-McMillan, T.A. Miles, Christina Ochs, Sherwood Smith, Emily Martha SorensenPublisher: Publisher Name (September 210, 2016)
Kindle: 5225 KB
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Available on Amazon
Real Steal! Plus an Interesting Backstory
I tweeted about this over the weekend. This is an incredible pre-order deal for a collection of 12 full-length fantasy novels where the theme is heroes that are good and heroic. Apparently a lot of the authors are also including bonus short stories. It is a clean collection with almost all the books appropriate for ages 13 and up (with an exception noted below appropriate for age 16+). All this for less than a buck!
Before I get into the blurb I read an interesting anecdote from one of the writers, Sabrina Chase. Her novel in the collection is "The Last Mage Guardian." She is also including a never-before published stand-alone short story, which has, as she says, "a *bit* of an interesting backstory." Here's the anecdote:
Way back in the Early Pleistocene when I still was trying to "break in" by writing short stories and submitting them to magazines, I sent it to MZB's magazine. And in due time I got back a SCREED of two scribbled pages, from MZB her own self. Executive summary being, she didn't like my main character and *therefore* I was a bad writer. The main character is a young man who is in a Bad Situation because of abusive family. I didn't know about the whole Breendoggle scandal at the time...but I can't help but wonder if I hit a nerve. (And if so, good!) For those unfamiliar, and with a strong stomach, just google Breendoggle. Hint: Breen, MZB's husband, went to jail for it...
If you are unaware, MZB - Marion Zimmer Bradley - was a famous science fiction & fantasy writer and editor who, after she died, the larger public found out she and her husband had a very sordid and horrible pedophilia and child abuse scandal that the people around her were hushing up. It's too much to go into in this post, suffice it to say that when I found out I threw out all my books by MZB because it was that awful. So it is interesting to know that MZB rejected a story that showed child abuse as evil - did it hit a nerve? I really want to read Sabrina's short story now.
Back to the Light in the Darkness collection! Here is the blurb, including a summary of the contents. If you pre-order it now you it will automatically show up on your kindle reader or app on October 18. On October 18 the price goes up.
From the blurb:
Twelve noblebright fantasy novels of beauty and wonder!
Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world.
This is what you'll find inside:
C. J. Brightley - The King's Sword: A disillusioned soldier. A spoiled, untried prince. And a coup that threatens the country they both love.
Lindsay Buroker - The Emperor’s Edge — A law enforcer being hunted for a crime she didn’t commit must work with a cold-hearted assassin to save the only person who can clear her name.
Sabrina Chase - The Last Mage Guardian: Most thought the Mage Guardians simply a myth, but their old enemy knows better--and of their number only one remains to thwart his plan of magical domination and revenge.
Francesca Forrest - Pen Pal: It starts with a message in a bottle and ends with revolution.
Kyra Halland - Beneath the Canyons: A bounty-hunting wizard and a rancher's daughter with untrained powers must stop a renegade wizard who is tampering with dangerous magic.
Angela Holder - Into the Storm: A massive hurricane will destroy Elathir unless Larine and her fellow wizards sacrifice everything to stop it.
Ronald Long - On the Shores of Irradan: Ealrin Belouve and his friends travel to a new land and face new dangers in search of a tree that may restore magic to one of their own.
*Mike Reeves McMillan - Hope and the Patient Man: A talented young mage must overcome a curse to be with the wounded hero who loves her.
T. A. Miles - Six Celestial Swords: The dragon Chaos threatens the magical world of Dryth. Xu Liang sets out on a quest to unite the only six magical blades that can save it.
Christina Ochs - Rise of the Storm: When a renegade priest prophesies an imminent apocalypse, a conflict is sparked which will tip a continent into war.
**Sherwood Smith - Lhind the Thief: Lhind enjoys life on the run, taking what she wants, until her secrets are uncovered one by one.
Emily Martha Sorensen - The Keeper and the Rulership: In a world where mathematics and magic are forbidden, Raneh's growing magic and can't figure out how to stop.
*Hope and the Patient Man is the story with slightly more mature themes, appropriate for ages 16+.
**Sherwood Smith is one of my favorite fantasy writers - I'm thrilled to see her here. I highly recommend her Inda series for people in search of big fat epic fantasy.
Reviewed by VM on Month DD, YEAR