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Shattered Shields

(The Runelords 0.6 - Ashes and Starlight)

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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Swords and Shields. Faith and Magic.

Grab yours and get ready, for the enemy is on the move.

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections and save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters…but also epic battle
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Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Overall rating: 3.48273333 stars. Yes, I did have to use my waterproof calculator to figure this out.

Arthropodic disclaimer (updated April 6, 2018): I got this collection because it features a story from a semi-crappy series called the Mostest Awesomest Black Company of Shrimpy Gloriousness (MABCoSG™), by some semi-talented guy called Glen Cook is a God (GCiaG™). I might did bother to read the shorts by Annie Bellet and Larry Correia (because reasons) in the near future, provided my murderous children leave me the fish alone, and don't get involved in yet another sillout.
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Evgeny
May 31, 2016 rated it 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:

The Keeper of Names by Larry Correia.
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In an oppressive medieval society a rebellion is brewing among its lowest cast (slaves). Suddenly a guy shows up among rebels who seems to have overall cynical (ofollowing:
The
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Bookwraiths
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Shattered Shields edited by Brozek and Schmidt is an anthology focused on military fantasy, specifically heroic struggles and epic combat. Here seventeen short stories and novellas explore the vast expanse of military fantasy in all its varied forms from adventures in hither unexplored worlds to new tales from established worlds such as David Farland’s Runelords, Elizabeth Moon’s Paksenarrion, and Glen Cook’s Black Company. But no matter the setting, what each tale d
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Maria Dimitrova
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-daye, fantasy
Review only for The Fixed Stars .

The Fixed Stars is a short story set in October Daye's world about a 1500 years before the events in the series. It's told from the point of view of my favourite side character the Luidaeg. Back then she was still going by the name given to her by her parents - Antigone but she was already bound by her sister's geas. In this story she betrays Faerie to ensure the future of all mixed-bloods and in thus making sure that our favourite changeling will be born a/>
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Althea Ann
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
** Ashes and Starlight (Runelords) by David Farland
Number of 'Runelords' books read by me before reading this story: 0. Number I'll read after having read this story: yeah, still likely 0.
'Classic' fantasy with a very 80's feel, mixed with 'alien-invasion.' Almost felt like a tie-in to a D&D-style game. The story is action-oriented, with a captive warrior-prince, a buffoonish king, and a winsome young princess. It felt like an episode from a longer story, not a self-contained piece. T
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
If you're on my Christmas gift list and you read fantasy, I'm sending you a copy of Shattered Shields. It's just that good of a collection.

One of the most surprising and enjoyable selections on my reading list this year, Shattered Shields has something for everyone. In addition to providing hours of enjoyable reading, the collection of stories from authors like Larry Correia, David Farland, Glen Cook, and Seanan McGuire is full of bite-sized portions of fantastical adventure. If comm
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Samantha
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Only read The Fixed Stars by Seanan McGuire

While this was a nice glimpse into the Luidaeg's past I really didn't understand the significance of it, but hopefully I found that out soon. In this story there's a battle between Faerie and The Merlin's, and the Luidaeg betrays her own kind, because she knows what will happen if she doesn't. As of right now all these short stories involve either Tybalt or The Luidaeg. I don't why that is, but I do enjoy a look into their pasts. We always get hints o
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Beth Cato
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an early copy of this book through NetGalley.

Epic fantasy was my preferred genre through my teen years and feels like a cozy read for me. As with most anthologies, this was hit and miss for me, in part because I was not familiar with all of the existing settings that were used and that did make it difficult to follow along sometimes. It was nice to see diversity reflected through the stories, from varied skin colors to bonded pairs of warrior lovers. It definitely felt lik
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Ina
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Review of The Fixed Stars
2.5 stars

I'm sorry to say it, but even though this short story was told from my favorite character's perspective, I didn't enjoy it very much. It's not because the story was bad - it wasn't. Wars, fights and betrayals are just not my cup of tea.
Emily
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up for the Seanan McGuire piece, but found myself plunged into many different worlds in the other stories as well. I enjoyed nearly all of them, and was particularly happy with the diversity in the pieces.
Sophie
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Luidaeg fans
(Just in case this short story gets merged with the anthology it was originally published in and this review ends up over there: This review is for the Seanan McGuire story, "The Fixed Stars.")

I LOVE THE LUIDAEG SO MUCH.
I want to see more of Old Faerie SO BAD.
Merlins!

Spoilers (through A Red-Rose Chain) and speculation: (view spoiler) ...more
Kelly
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, shorts, military
Shattered Shields is an anthology of military fantasy edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jennifer Brozek. Included are seventeen new stories from such well-known authors as Glen Cook, Elizabeth Moon and David Farland. Some are set in established worlds, others in new universes. It’s a wide selection of tales dark, light, serious and humorous. Swords and sorcery, hack and slash. About half-way through the anthology, I did have to put it aside for a couple of days. I found it hard to consider each new st ...more
Michael Cummings
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
For all the fantasy and short fiction I read, I rarely read fantasy short fiction. The Shattered Shields anthology aptly filled this void in my reading, bringing together both familiar and unfamiliar authors. Like any collection of short fiction, not all of the story worked for me. The ones that did resonate, though, were especially astounding. Even considering myself well read, I was surprised at how many of the authors and worlds on display were new to me.

I can’t give a rundown of
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Beth Roberts
I really cannot laud Seanan McGuire's talent enough. Her October Daye series appears on the surface to the casual reader as yet another in a multitude of fluffy urban fantasy series.

One would be dead-wrong in going with that assumption, as this dark and richly crafted tale affirms.

I have only read through Book 4 of the series, and I really would not recommend reading this short story, found in the compilation "Shattered Shields" any sooner than that. This is the story of the Luideag
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Travis
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quite a good collection of stories. Some heavy hitters in here, and all are very high quality. Given a chance, I'd definitely read more collections by this editor. All the stories were entertaining, and I can honestly say every one was an easy read, and despite the wide assortment of stories in this collection, only one story from the whole bunch failed to interest me, so I consider that a win by all involved. The fact that I blew through it in little more than an afternoon just speaks volumes f ...more
Ron
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt bring together a nice compilation of fantasy military stories. There are several known names here (Glen Cook, Elizabeth Moon, and Larry Correia among them). My favorite stories are Glen Cook's "Bone Candy" and Elizabeth Moon's "First Blood." That is not to say I did not enjoy the other tales, but these are the ones I enjoyed the most. Read and see which you like.
Max
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A short story set very far into the backstory of the October Daye stories. This is the turning point of the war between Faerie and man and is a look at how the Luidaeg set up events to force Oberon's hand. It's a touching piece of history and gives a lot of insight into one of the oldest and more mysterious characters in the setting.
Jacqueline Kirk
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable collection of short stories. I've definitely found a couple of new authors to follow! My particular favourite is 'Yael Of The Strings' about a bard forced to fight against giant spiders! Most of the stories aren't very long but still manage to entertain.
Joe AuBuchon
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Mixed bag of stories, best (or, at least, I liked them best:

• Vengeance
• The Gleaners
• Bone Candy
Kira
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I only read the Seanan McGuire story.
 Maddie Mott
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t actively dislike any of the stories in this anthology ... but none of them really grabbed me either. I may have been spoiled by reading Rogues and Dangerous Women back to back.

Most of the stories in this were shorter and tended to be more character sketches than something with more of an arc.

Those I liked the most were “The Fixed Stars”, “The Gleaners”, and “Bonded Men”.
Saidah Gilbert
I only read the Seanan McGuire story.
Heather
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some excellent stories in this book. And some I'd rather not have read. Still, totally worth it for the October Daye story! ;-)
Nique
Only read Fixed Stars. Love the sea witch not yet sure how this or if this will play into the story line but it was great to get more insight into her,
Cathy
Jan 11, 2016 marked it as partially-read-was-enough
I usually prefer to read every story in an anthology, especially one like this that has a number of authors who are unfamiliar to me. That's one of the best ways to find new authors. But this isn't a theme that I love, I just reserved it so I could read the story by Seanan McGuire set in the October Daye world and Cat Rambo's story.

Seanan's story, The Fixed Stars, was a little bit of insight into the Luidaeg's past when her parents still walked the world, and Merlin Emrys as well. I don't think the s
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Natalie
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Came for Seanan McGuire, stayed for the rest.
Faith
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall:

I don't read a lot of anthologies. With one author I can usually tell if the book is something I'll like; with 10+ there are bound to be a few stories that rub me the wrong way. Plus, the constant need to re-immerse makes the reading experience feel choppy and disconnected.

Having said all that, this anthology is a pretty good one. Having a strong theme ties the works together. There's no cure for "mixed-bag" syndrome, though, and this work is no exception; it also suffers fr
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Winnett
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A mixed bag, as any of these collections can be. I really enjoyed the golem mechanic story. It was inventive and well written. That's the one that stands out the most to me, and honestly, some I skimmed.
Nighteye
A really good anthology, enjoyed the most of the stories. This really show the wide and broad wiev you can get on the subject in a "Military Fantasy"-themed anthology. Not only following the amount of diffirent settings and characters where a lot wern't human witch was a big plus. A lot from the underdogs point of wiev but also from some unexpected points of wievs; people just happening to be there or got draged into happenings that they would not want to nor know how to handle.
A lot of go
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

A collection of 17 military fantasy stories edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jennifer Brozek.

Some of the better stories in this collection were by established authors, writing in the worlds they had already created: David Farland (Runelords), Glen Cook (Black Company) and Seanan McGuire (October Daye). These were all familiar stories, characters and universes and I appreciated visiting them once again
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Jennifer Brozek is an award winning author, editor, and tie-in author. Two of her works, Never Let Me Sleep and The Last Days of Salton Academy were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. She was awarded the Scribe Award for best tie-in Young Adult novel for BattletTech: The Nellus Academy Incident. Anthology Grants Pass won an Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication.

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