Author: Kate Elliot
First Publication: February 2015
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Cover Artist: Julie Dillon
42 Challenge 2015
I enjoy reading anthologies, fiction magazines, and single author collections. Whenever I see a "Best of..." collection it is on my radar. "Best of..." collections are a great way to try out an author that I have not read before. The first tme I heard of Kate Elliot, the pen name of Alis Rasmussen, was with the publication of her book "Jaran". And yes "Jaran" and its sequels are now on my to be read stack.
The fiction stories are very good. I found them to be good character studies built around interesting plots. The list of fantasy stories selected for this volume are:
The Queen's Garden
Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine
Riding the Shore of the River of Death
The Gates of Joriun
Making the World Live Again
With God to Guard Her
A Simple Act of Kindness
To Be a Man
The Memory of Peace
My Voice is My Sword
Also included is a new story in her "Crossroads" series that is called "On the Dying Winds of the Old Year and the Birthing Winds of the New".
The stories are top rated but what caught my attention were the non-fiction essays. Elliot does an excellent job of covering the role of women in fiction in addition to what it is like to write about fully realized females in a traditionally male dominated market.
And the cover by Julie Dillon is out of this world. She is an amazing artist who needs more recognition in the field.