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Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Magic. Myth. Warfare. Wonder. Beauty. Bravery. Glamour. Gore. Sorcery. Sensuality. These and many more elements of fantasy await you in the pages of Griots, which brings you the latest stories of the new genre called Sword and Soul.The tales told in Griots are the annals of the Africa that was, as well as Africas that never were, may have been, or should have been. They ar ...more
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Published August 7th 2011 by Mvmedia, LLC
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S.E. Lindberg
Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology is an aptly named milestone in speculative fiction. Named after African storytellers who relied on the oral tradition (griots), this anthology marks the initial growth of the sub-genre “Sword & Soul.” Charles R. Saunders is credited with starting the sub-genre with his Imaro tale (Imaro Series). Imaro broke the mold of adventure fantasy with Saunders being the primary champion. With Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, Milton J. Davis leads a troop of author ...more
"My sister, Iyoke”― Nunu extended her hand ― “come and wonder at your kingdom with me.”

Iyoke stood up, bowed to her new royal parent who smiled upon her, bowed to her mother Queen Mizaka. Slowly she let loose her husband’s hand. This is what Nunu said as they walked the ship, chrysanthemums and lilies to be transplanted in the royal gardens swaying near their feet. “For one year, I’ve been married to Prince Biodun.”

“A blessing, sister,” Iyoke answered.

“I was not as lovely as Sembele,” Nunu co
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Griots: A Soul and Soul Anthology" is an intriguing collection of fantasy stories from some talented writers.

You will find tales of exotic magic, evil sorcery, incredible beasts and great warriors all in the context of an Africa both familiar and unfamiliar. I was particularly pleased to find two of my fantasy favourites, Changa and Imaro, making an appearance in the book.

If you like the Sword and Soul genre, you are certain to enjoy Griots which is well presented with great cover art and illu
Valjeanne Jeffers
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Magic. Myth. Warfare. Wonder. Beauty. Bravery. Glamour. Gore. Sorcery. Sensuality. These and many more elements of fantasy await you in the pages of Griots, which brings you the latest stories of the new genre called Sword and Soul. The tales told in Griots are the annals of the Africa that ...
Fletcher Vredenburgh
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of fourteen stories six are of the first rank. Of these, Carole McDonnells' "Changeling", a folklore style story of daughterly duty and sibling jealousy, and Minister Faust's take on Egyptian myth in "The Belly of the Crocodile" are my favorites. Next is "The General's Daughter" by Anthony Nana Kwamu, in which a victorious Ethiopian general travels the land of the dead to face a terrible sacrifice. The other three are all very good straight up S&S. For those who've read Davis's Changa novels ...more
Travis Ludvigson
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Griots A Sword and Soul Anthology is an exciting journey into the mythos of the warriors of Africa. The beautifully illustrated cover told a story before I had even opened to the first page. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, but here are a few of my favorite stories (spoiler alert):

Mrembo Aliyenaswa (Captured Beauty) by Milton Davis: A quick temper and an even quicker blade combined with a deep sense of honor make Changa a force to be reckoned with.

Awakening by Valjeanne Jeffers: I loved rea
Derrick Ferguson
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Before we get into the meat-n-potatoes of this review, it's necessary that Sherman set the Wayback Machine for 1970's so we can indulge in a brief history lesson for context: Charles R. Saunders is a writer who like most of you reading this review fell in love with the work of Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan, King Kull and Solomon Kane. REH is credited with being the creator of "sword and sorcery" a sub-genre of epic fantasy. Sword and sorcery concerns itself with stories driven by action ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review here:

Note on the epub I got from Kobo: One of the stories is rendered unreadable because of a formatting error. Still a great anthology, but you might want to buy a different version.

EDIT: According to the editor, the Kobo version has now been fixed.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the African folklore and the action. Great combo!
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Though I am often disappointed with extremely uneven multi author amalgamations, I read them anyway in the hope of discovering new writers in niche genres. Outside of 'the new weird' in horror I usually regret it more than I discover cool new things. Fortunately, that was not the case here. This has got to be the first multi-author anthology in the fantasy genre that I have ever found to be of a consistently high quality. I was familiar with Saunders of course, as I am a big Imaro fan and that d ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s always hard to rate anthologies, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-fantasy
Some of the stories were much better than others. I didn't read all of the stories, but I'm marking it as Finished to get it off of my Goodreads page.
Came for the Imaro short story, stayed for the rest. Typical mixed-bag anthology but I’m a supporter of the movement and Wakanda fans will find a lot to enjoy here.
Scott Neigh
Started this one awhile ago and got distracted part way through, then came back and finished it just recently. It is a collection of short stories in an emerging subgenre of fantasy called "soul and sorcery", which is an Africentric re-imagining of the often highly Eurocentric subgenre of "sword and sorcery." The use of African imagery, ideas, landscapes, and storytelling in place of the clicheed knights and feudal lords and what have you is certainly interesting, and on its own was enough to ma ...more
Tabithia Holman
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Intro to the Genre

For anyone who wants to know what sword and soul is about, this is where you start. Every single story was awesome (however a few were difficult to follow). It is all the "what if" moments you had about Africa and literature. I would have liked to see more modern soul and sword but I suppose that can be another project. All in all excellent.
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really good. Really.
Kip Corriveau
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mixed bag. Stories by Charles Saunders and Milton Davis were excellent. Others were okay.
Zanetta Robinson
I liked some stories far better than others, but I think that's par for the course in the world of anthologies. I am in love with the genre and look forward to reading more.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
really liked some of these, meh on others.
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Milton Davis is owner of MVmedia, LLC , a small publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of eight novels; his most recent The Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword ...more