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Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy (The Chronicles of the Black Company #2.2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  220 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
A brand new series bringing you Fantasy stories from some of the biggest and most exciting names in the genre! The authors appearing in the launch volume include Trudi Canavan, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Abraham, Kate Elliott, Saladin Ahmed, Glen Cook, Scott Lynch, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Redick and KJ Parker. An amazing array of t ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Solaris
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May 31, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Please note: this review will be updated as I read more stories from the anthology.

So as I mentioned this is an anthology of short fantasy stories. The collection consists of the following:

Amethyst, Shadow, and Light by Saladin Ahmed.
An unusual pair of thieves was made an offer they could not refuse. They only needed to steal an artifact always guarded by powerful crazy sorcerers. Still, a choice between a certain death now and probable (very much) in the near future in the hands of said crazies
Bob Milne
Jun 08, 2013 Bob Milne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-heroic
Before I get to my review, I want to offer a friendly public service message to those who are fortunate enough to be reading and voting on the various genre awards. Go ahead and pencil in Fearsome Journeys as this year's winner for best anthology, and Jonathan Strahan as winner for best editor. That's right, find your nomination form, jot the title down, put a huge asterisk beside it as the likely winner, and focus your reading efforts on those categories yet be decided.

Okay, so maybe I am being
Aug 26, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it
As usual with anthologies, this was a good mix of the sort of stories that interested me and ones that don't. I was decidedly "meh" about a few of them, but for the most part it's a solid collection, showcasing the current crop of SF/F talent. I think my favourite stories were Scott Lynch's 'The Effigy Engine', Trudi Canavan's 'Camp Follower', and Kate Elliott's 'Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine'; maybe also Elizabeth Bear's 'The Ghost Makers'.

I think my problem with short stories is that they
Apr 27, 2015 Bogdan rated it liked it
The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats by Scott Lynch – I`m not a huge fan of the novels Lynch writes, but this is the second short story that I read from him and you know what, I liked the two a lot.

Amethyst, Shadow, and Light by Saladin Ahmed - it`s not in the same world like the first novel of the writer, but it was another good surprise. Good story, good characters, great writing.

Camp Follower by Trudi Canavan- It had a prety ok story.
I haven`t read anything before by Trudi and I`m not
Aug 05, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
An anthology, so there'll always be some you (or I) like better than others, but not a stinker in the bunch. Particular highlights for me included stories by Scott Lynch (in a vaguely Vancean mode), Elizabeth Bear (a welcome return to the world of the Shattered Sky, although not directly connected to any of the novels) and K.J. Parker (the least romantic, least chivalrous bit of dragon-slaying you're ever likely to come across). Plus strong contributions from Glen Cook, Ellen Kushner, Daniel Abr ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Darren rated it it was amazing
I don't expect a lot from short story anthologies. I may well have been reading short story anthologies since before I started in on novels. At least in the "grownups" section of the library, and maybe before. I remember those old Alfred Hitchcock anthologies from my elementary school as well as I remember The Mouse & the Motorcycle. But, as I say, I don't expect much. Outside of a very small number of editors, I've become accustomed to enjoying an anthology if it has more than two stories I ...more
Alex Sarll
There's nothing like an anthology claiming to offer a survey of a field to remind you why you hate that field. The cover calls this 'The New Solaris Book of Fantasy', but as the introduction makes semi-clear, what began as a plan for something wide-ranging soon degenerated into a collection of 'mainstream' fantasy. Which is to say, these stories all occur in pseudo-mediaeval secondary worlds. Some of the worlds, indeed, are so close to historical that it gets quite distracting, particularly when ...more
Dave Versace
Jul 04, 2014 Dave Versace rated it really liked it
Fearsome Journeys is an anthology of fantasy short stories, most of which are quests or at least quest-adjacent. Though editor Jonathan Strahan intends it to encompass a wide spectrum of modern fantastika, I found the my favourites tended more towards the low-magic grit of Fahfrd and the Gray Mouser's end of the spectrum than elf-strewn high fantasy. It's a solid collection from some excellent fantasy writers.

Military fantasy gets a good look in with Scott Lynch's opener "The Effigy Engine: A Ta
Jan 25, 2013 Liviu marked it as started_finish_later
while this one has a stellar cast, I bought it first and foremost for Kj Parker's piece so it was the first I read

The Dragonslayer of Merebarton - KJ parker - wry and subtly ironical tale about Dodinas le Cure Hardy, an aging knight of 56 who was mending his chamber pot to save money when he gets word that a dragon has been sighted in an area that he is responsible for protecting etc etc; in between reminiscences about his career as a fighting knight (not particularly enthusiastic but fighting i
Jan 19, 2015 Alytha rated it liked it
Some good stuff in this one, and no real stinkers.

And there is, I kid you not, a story about margarine. It's surprisingly fun too.

I especially liked the Elizabeth Bear story. Does anybody know if she has written other things set in that world?

The Scott Lynch one was really good too. Interesting magic system.

Somebody seems to have forgotten to print the end of the Redick story just ends totally without closure.
Jan 26, 2013 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: anthologies, solaris
Scott Lynch's "tale of the red hats" was enough fun that I'm going to seek out more of those stories, if I can. (Sarcastic, sardonic, gallows-humour fun.) I'm going to look up more by K J Parker (Dragon-slayer), and by Kate Elliott, (leaf and branch and root and vine). And as much as I don't think I LIKE Robert Redick's The Forever People, it was very good. The rest just made me wonder at how "fantasy" means "military" to so many.
Jul 01, 2013 Nighteye rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who wants to read a good collection!
This is a really good novell-collection, I didn't knew or have read anything from the most of the authors and I was buying it because Trudi Canavan contributed with a novel and dinät had that high expectations. I liked the most of the novels, not everyone, but I'm impressed by the diversity and differences the authors interpretative their stories according to the "theme" and not like some other collections tells more or less the same stories. Every novel was wellwritten and I got some pleasant s ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
So in my current quest to unearth new and different fantasy writers, I decided to explore this collection, which won a World Fantasy award for anthologies in 2014. (Yeah, I hadn't heard of this particular award either.)

The stories are all very different from one another, but a handful stick out. The opener "The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats," by Scott Lynch is a quirky yarn about a band of mercenary wizards and reads with a clever comic-book tone. "The Dragonslayer of Merebarton," by K J
Tom Loock
May 16, 2014 Tom Loock rated it really liked it
Like (almost) every anthology, Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy is a mixed bag:

The K.J. Parker-story about a dragon-slayer told from an odd perspective was the reason I bought the book and it is (together with Lynch's) the best story here. Interesting to see how other reviewers disagree about Parker ...
Unless I am mistaken, Parker never uses magic, monsters or even any fantasy races in his - yes, his! - novels that all take place in the same world, but most of his recent stori
Gavin Gates
Jul 21, 2013 Gavin Gates rated it really liked it
Solaris anthologies have become a must have in recent history as far as I’m concerned. House of fear, Solaris rising etc all heading up the horror and sci fi genres to a gold medal standard, so, when a fantasy one lands in my pile, the cover displaying castles, dragons and maps I feel like it’s Christmas day all over again. I was not disappointed at all, given the fact that Trudi Canavan and Adrian Tchaikovsky both have a short in there should be enough to sell this to any fan of fantasy, casual ...more
May 29, 2013 Doug rated it liked it
I'll be honest; as a whole, I felt the anthology sort of flopped--especially considering the all-star lineup it sported. I was ready to be blown away. At least it did end pretty strongly, thankfully. Elizabeth Bear's and Daniel Abraham's contributions kept me from giving it a two star-rating all by themselves. Their two stories alone make it worth the price of admission in my opinion. If Bear's "Ghost Makers" is in any way indicative of the quality of her Eternal Sky trilogy, then I can't wait f ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't really enjoyed many anthologies, and I had pretty much decided to not bother with them anymore, but with 2 of them written by 2 of my favourite authors (I have a lot of favourite authors!) Daniel Abraham and Scott Lynch, plus some by authors I've wanted to try eg Elizabeth Bear, Judi Canavan and Glen Cook I just had to buy it.
Well I'm glad I did as now I will start reading Judi Canavan for sure - her short story Camp Follower I really enjoyed. Daniel Abraham didn't disappoint either.
Jul 26, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book represents a good sample of some of the best writers in the SF&F field. I'm a big fan of fantasy of years gone by, and I'm interested in several of the new authors in the field such as Saladin Ahmed. So I was interested in reading this book.

As with any anthology, some stories are better than others. In my opinion, a couple of the stories seem to fall flat. Jeffrey Ford and Robert Reddick's individual stories seem to end too abruptly and K. J. Parker's story was something of a downe
Jul 10, 2013 Abrahm rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite collection of short stories. There were quite a few stand out stories.

Scott Lynch's "Effigy Engine" was a fun tale. You could just hear the resonances between his Gentleman Bastard's world and Glen Cook's Black Company. Delightful war story of a quirky troupe of musketeers and sorcerers.

Elizabeth Bear's "The Ghost Makers" is another peak into the amazing world of her Eternal Sky trilogy. She quickly develops two great and interesting characters.

Trudi Canavan's "Camp Fo
Aaron Singleton
Jul 24, 2013 Aaron Singleton rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
I bought this antho solely because it contains a new Black Company story by Glen Cook, who is one of my favorite writers. So far, the BC story is the only one I've read, but I plan to read all of them eventually. So, the four stars are for the BC story and NOT the entire collection. I will update my rating(if needed) once I read the rest of it. If you are a fan of the Black Company series, then this story alone is worth the price of the book. The story is called "Shaggy Dog Bridge". It is actual ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Iain rated it really liked it
Shelves: compilations
Somewhat variable collection with a few gems and no real stinkers.

Best contribution is the stellar Scott Lynch ('The Effigy Engine'). KJ Parker's 'The Dragonslayer of Merebarton' is also a highlight, despite the fact that I'm somewhat less than a fan of Parker generally. Glen Cook delivers a solid, if unspectacular, tale of the Black Company, well up to his usual standards. I wasn't a huge fan of the Daniel Abraham story, which is more or less a first for me, but it's well written even if it le
To be discussed on Tuesday August 13th at Powells SF group in Beaverton at 7pm. A mixed bag of fantasy story mostly leaning towards war and battle and mayhem. One, by Elizabeth Bear, was overly long though very pretty with an interesting backstory concerning people that become automatons and wizards and guard ninja orphans. And another, by Glen Cook, had annoying use of language, with a military band on the run with a very irritating backstory and set of characters. The stronger stories are most ...more
Mihkel Samarüütel
May 11, 2015 Mihkel Samarüütel rated it really liked it
Scott Lynch “The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats” 5/10
Saladin Ahmed “Amethyst, Shadow, and Light” 5/10
Trudi Canavan “Camp Follower” 3/10
K.J. Parker “The Dragonslayer of Merebarton” 7/10
Kate Elliott “Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine” 5/10
Jeffrey Ford “Spirits of Salt: A Tale of the Coral Sword” 4/10
Robert V. S. Redick “Forever People” 5/10
Ellen Klages “Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl” 5/10
Glen Cook “Shaggy Dog Bridge: A Black Company Story” 5/10
Elizabeth Bear “The
Ade Couper
Dec 21, 2013 Ade Couper rated it liked it
This was quite nice: As you may have noticed, I'm not the greatest fan of "High Fantasy", so this was something of a leap in the dark for me, & I was pleasantly surprised.

this volume comprises 12 tales, many of which are by authors I've not previously read. Some, to be frank, did drag a bit: the 3 I liked best were Scott Lynch's "The Effigy Engine: a tale of the Red Hats", Saladin Ahmed's "Amethyst, Shadow & Light", & Elizabeth Bear's "The Ghost Makers"; all 3 of these are so good I'
Eric Means
Jun 23, 2013 Eric Means rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
For some reason I really didn't care for many of the stories in this book. Honestly, I was looking for something new, basically trying out authors I've avoided to this point to see if they might be worth looking up, and came away mostly disappointed. Nearly all of the stories in this collection, as best I could tell, are simply additions to their existing universes, not really new or terribly interesting.

If you like the existing work of most/all of the authors in the collection, it will probably
Jan 17, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, anthology
I bought the book just to read about the Black Company. I was a little thrown by the time warp. The story seems to take place before the Company heads back to its roots. The Lynch story offers us a little bit of history, but it is the way the story is written (or rather the meta-story?) that makes it an interesting read. This anthology introduced me to Kate Elliot (who I was familiar with) and Trudi Canavan. I look forward to exploring these authors works in the coming years.
Jan 26, 2013 Li rated it really liked it
I'm rubbish at reviewing anthologies so won't even try - all I'll say is that it's rare that I like the majority of the stories in an anthology, and there was only one story I ended up skipping* here. I'm also going to search out Scott Lynch and Kate Elliot's full length novels after really enjoying their contributions in particular.

*Glen Cook's contribution, if you're wondering - I've not read any of his Black Company books and this short didn't work for me.
Robert Hipps
Jun 01, 2013 Robert Hipps rated it really liked it
A well-crafted and admirably varied fantasy anthology. Of particular note are Scott Lynch's "The Effigy Engine", KJ Parker's "The Dragonslayer of Merebarton", Ellen Klages' "Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl", and finally Daniel Abraham's "The High King Dreaming." Worth a read for anyone in search of some good fantasy short stories by established authors.
Debbie Ledesma
Feb 25, 2016 Debbie Ledesma rated it really liked it
_Fearsome Journeys_ edited by Jonathan Strahan is an interesting fantasy anthology. The stories range from humorous to grim and gritty. Readers will enjoy the chance to sample the stories and styles of several different authors writing in the genre today.
Jan 03, 2015 Rick rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this was a very strong short story anthology. KJ Parker is one of my favorites and the story was not disappointing at all. I find it hard to get enthusiastic about reading short fiction, but absolutely LOVE it when I'm reading.
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