Five short tales of fantasy and fantasy romance set in the dark world of Erana; the world of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Some are new and the others have been expanded and revised from the original versions.
The Moon on the Water: The tale of the love between a goddess and a warrior and the terrible curse it brought.
The Tale of Treyna the Beloved: When a mortal woman is pursued by two rival gods even the heavens are wrought by magic.
Storm-Born: A lonely magician finds companionship with a creature of the storm but magic demands a price, what price will it be?
The Blue Phial: A lesson in listening to instruction carefully, lest one makes an embarrassing mistake.
The Legend of Oeliana: A story of a nymph and a toad, jealous magic and debts repaid.
Tales of Erana is a collection of myths from the fantasy land of Erana from Alexandra L. Butcher’s Light Beyond The Storm Chronicles. The collection of tales were so expertly written that it reads like the great Greek Mythologies of Zeus and Poseidon, while at the same time has that tribal feel of Native American Mythology. The following the tradition of many cultural mythologies some of the tales involved the the interaction between the people fo the land and the deities in the area. Each tale has a very important lesson to be learned by those who pass on the traditions. Many of them are tragedies reminding mortals that the boundaries between mortals and immortals are best left undisturbed.
Butcher masterfully crafted a fantastical world of magical creatures, mortals, and deities. The myths created had that authentic feel that you could imagine a grandmother or grandfather sitting by the fireplace, telling them to their grandchildren. I find myself intrigued with the world Butcher has created and am eagered to read more about it. I think I would appreciated it even more had I already read Butcher’s book series. But I guess starting with this book first and then reading the book series can give me a better understanding of the culture and why the characters make certain decisions.
All in all, the book was very entertaining and intriguing. The narrator Michael Legate has an excellent fairy tale-teller voice. He kept the stories flowing and the character changes were apparent. I am very excited to read Butcher’s book series!
About the Author (From Goodreads)
A. L. (Alexandra) Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance and horror genres. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history, mythology and monkeys. She has a background in history and politics which are sometimes reflected in her work. Her books have been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.
A Splendid Salmagundi was awarded the best anthology for Indie Book Bargains 2012.
If you want to know more about Alexandra L. Butcher, read our interview with her here.
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