Review: Chronicles of Ave by Stephen Zimmer
Title: Chronicles of Ave
Author: Stephen Zimmer
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Escape into the wonders of Ave in this first collection of short stories featuring the fantastical world from the Fires in Eden Series by Stephen Zimmer. "Into Glory Ride" tells the story of a young Trogen Warrior who is called to go up against insurmountable odds when an Elven raid strikes his homeland. The Trogens have only begun training winged steeds for combat, but time is of the essence and a momentous choice has to be made by the young warrior. In "A Touch of Serenity" a conscript laborer working on a massive wall constructed under the orders of the Divine Emperor begins to hear ghostly voices asking for help. His response leads him on a journey that will test his courage, wisdom, and compassion. In "Moonlight's Grace" a young man goes to help his people when a Midragardan raid strikes Gael. He seeks to prove his worth to the chieftain whose daughter he loves with all his heart. The novella-length "Winter's Embrace" follows a warrior-monk into the depths of dangerous woodlands in the heart of winter. There he will find his faith tested in ways he never anticipated, when he must help a forest witch against an enigmatic, immortal being known as the Undying. "Lion Heart" introduces the heroic Sigananda of the Amazu people, who must confront things that transcend the laws of the physical world when powerful Wizards threaten his homeland. In "Land of Shadow" a knight who is part of a band of Avanoran mercenaries discovers how perilous the mysterious Shadowlands are when they undertake a journey to locate a site to build a fortress. A world of wonder beckons to be explored and fantasy enthusiasts are invited along for the journey in these half-dozen stories from the world of Ave! Also be sure to take further adventures in Ave in the Fires in Eden Series, beginning with Crown of Vengeance, Book One!
So this was a different kind of book, a set of stories based on a land which author Stephen Zimmer has created in his other book series Crown of Vengeance. I was very excited about this fact actually, I have wanted to read Crown of Vengeance and it's page size has deterred me, but now I'm dying to read it.
I must say right away I loved how different each and everyone of these stories are in this collection and it is a collection, this is only the first volume of stories for this one and I can't wait to read more. I also will say that Lion Heart has to be my favorite story in this one. Magic and a monk testing his faith what more could you want for in a story? But anyway, I don't want to give to much away about the stories themselves but I really want to talk more about the writing in this book.
Author Stephen Zimmer is a Shooting star over at Seventh Star Press and he is one that is taking off like crazy with this one. I need more of this world he created and characters, also I need more of the way he writes. This book is full of amazing descriptions and characters that will grab you in a choke hold and hold you there till you read every last word. If you haven't read a book by this fantastic author it's a must, go get this book right now! But I will worn you he will leave you wanting more and you will end up getting Crown of Vengeance as well. I know I already have my copy and I'm starting it before I head to bed tonight.
So if you like words that flow off the page, characters that will surprise you and stories that are filled with fantasy and creatures then this set of stories is for you. I highly recommend it!
If I could I would give this 100 Vampire Bite Rating but since it only goes to 5.