Raiding the Hoard of Enchantment by Dave Smeds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A full-length collection of high fantasy short fiction by Dave Smeds.
A lover spun from moonlight. A wife banished for carrying the child of a demon. A queen, beheaded ten years ago, whose sage counsel may still save the realm. Here are tales of swords, of magic, of romance. And of the struggle to be splendid of heart whether the opponent be within or without.
Won in ebook format (from Book View Cafe) as part of the May 2012 batch from Librarything‘s Early Reviewers, it consists of a number of short stories, which (judging by the end notes) have been previously published elsewhere.
Occurring in every story, Smeds does seem to like using the word “hiccuped” which I suspect he nor his editor has noticed, probably because the stories have been written over a longer period that if written specifically for this publication. However, that’s just a minor sidetrack.
Each story has a female protagonist, finding themselves in unexpected situations, from the girl who (to get themselves being sold off to pay debts) becomes pregnant by her dream lover; to the girl who travels the world with her uncle who is in possession of a magical book that scribes their lives and thoughts, with always the temptation to find out how it ends.
Doubt that any of the stories would translate into a full length story – i think they are all pitched at the right length and end just at the right time. Not usually a short story fan but think these were most enjoyable