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Monsters are on the rise and Gods walk the streets of Ashen Falls in four stories that serve as a prelude to The Eighth God.

Melress and The Fading Man
A young half-elven boy is kidnapped by a children's nursery rhyme.

The Doves Head Inn
Someone wants to get their hands on The Doves loot, but they have to get past two bouncers to do it.

Melress Investigates
Something is killing
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ebook, Smashwords, 87 pages
Published January 2017 by Paul S. Lavender
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James Tivendale
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In exchange for an honest review, I received a free copy of Tales From Ashen Falls from the author when I met him at BristolCon in 2017. It has taken me a while to get to it which has become an in-joke between myself and the author on certain fantasy forums. Well, 15-months later I finally finished reading it!

Tales From Ashes Falls is a pretty enjoyable humour-tinged grimdark novella but it isn't without its flaws. It is very raw. At 87-pages it features 4 short stories that are all interlinked
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Kitvaria Sarene
I haven't read the "main book" yet, but chose to try this short story collection to see if I like Lavenders writing style.

The stories were entertaining and fun to read, and I will definitely try "The eight god" soon.

The humor in these stories might not be for everyone. I for one had to roll my eyes at some of the "farting" and the two brothers who are called "Cock and Pock"- (BTW he's named not for his member, but for having chickens... *haha*)
Those made me sigh a bit, but for the most part the
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J.P. Ashman
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've taken some time to write this review, because I struggled with my thoughts and feelings during and after listening (Audible) to this collection.

Here's why: I listen to a lot of stories on Audible. At least one book a month. I've got picky about the narrators I like because I've heard some AMAZING guys and gals. This is going to sound awful, but it's the truth: I struggle with American narrators in medieval settings of fantasy. Ridiculous, I know, because it's a fantasy, not hisfic medieval
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Kristen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review (of this as well as The Eighth God) is here, on my blog.

Despite the fact that it is described as a prelude to The Eighth God, I chose to read it afterwards, just so that I had a good idea what the characters were like before I dove in, and I don’t regret that decision, though it can definitely be read first as well. These stories follow either Melress who is my favorite character from the series so far, or Pock and Cock, the bouncers from the Doves Head Inn. Sometimes both.

In the fir
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Damien Black
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Al Burke
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author takes us on a road trip to Ashen Falls with a quartet of short stories from the world of his debut novel "The Eight God." He maintains the humour from the novel throughout, while throwing in some decent short stories. "The Doves Head Inn" alone deserves six stars.

I should probably add that this was an audiobook, in case anyone's wondering.
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Keith McArdle
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tales From Ashen Falls brings four SFF short stories together to form a prelude to The Eighth God (the first novel in the Orcslayers series). Each short story is stand-alone in itself and can be read in any order you choose, however, they are also cleverly interlinked.

I enjoyed the pacing and fight scenes and liked how we travel with Melress as a child and follow him into his adolescent studies to become a battle mage. Oh, did I mention he also has a familiar in the form of a raven by the name o
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Frank Dorrian
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So this is the first audiobook I've listened to since I was a kid that wasn't a Postman Pat adventure. Gotta say, I'm extremely impressed, I'm not really one for audiobooks (probably the Postman Pat association) but Lavender's stories kept me gripped throughout.

Although I would describe his writing primarily as epic fantasy, I found Lavender's writing to be heavy on the black comedy end of things, and considering the kind of setting for this collection of stories it works awesomely. Humour is e
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Marielle
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed, books-own
I just noticed I hadn't said anything of this book I read! I enjoyed it! It contains short stories so I liked some better than others but overall it was a very enjoyable read! ...more
The Scribblings
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A young half-elf is kidnapped by a creature from a nursery rhyme. Two bouncers have to fend off an attempted robbery on the inn they guard. A newly trained Battle Mage tracks a killer through the streets. A necromancer back from the dead looks to take revenge on the men who killed him. And Ashen Falls is the town where it all happens. 

Tales from Ashen Falls is a quartet of short stories, designed to introduce some of the characters from the author's novel The Eighth God. As such, there are a lot
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Luke Hindmarsh
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Wizards

This collection of short stories had me laughing aloud one minute and gripped the next. Top notch. The narrator is very good - not so much that he overshadows the writing (as some of the top ones do) but a good range of voices that don’t detract from the great narrative.

Shorter review than normal from me but written on my phone as I finished listening to this Guy Ritchie-esque collection of Fantasy Stories. Bottom line - it's a lot of fun!

9/10
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David Humphrey
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Four perfectly formed short stories from the city of Ashen Falls. Featuring interconnecting earlier adventures of THE EIGHTH GOD characters Melress (a half elf Battle Mage), Pock and Cock - two bickering but deadly bouncers at the The Dove's Head Inn - as well as Battle Mages, Citywatch, Necromancers, Scarecrows... everything a growing reader needs.

A perfect introduction to Paul Lavender's writing and the world he has created. Short and bittersweet, they are well worth a look. Recommended
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Scott Kaelen
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tales From Ashen Falls is an interesting collection of 4 short stories which serve to introduce various characters from Paul Lavender’s novel, The Eighth God. The stories in this collection are easy to get into, and each is a small slice of fun. Particularly amusing are the brothers Pock and Cock, who feature in the last 3 of the 4 stories. Their actions and banter make them something of a comic relief, and are ever so slightly reminiscent of R.A. Salvatore’s dwarf brothers, Ivan and Pikel Bould ...more
Rebekah Teller
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and funny! I previously read The Eighth God, so I had some familiarity with Mr. Lavender's world and the characters. I think it would work fine to start with this collection as well. Tales from Ashen Falls is a quick and enjoyable read. These stories center around a pub in the city Ashen Falls and the unlikely paths that cross within it. The tales connect to each other a bit, each one building on the circumstances and outcomes of the previous. The sparse writing style features cursi ...more
Danny
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Was given a free copy a few years ago for a review. Four short stories in the world of The Eighth God. The characters are likable enough but I wish the stories were fleshed out more. They seemed too abrupt, succinct and diaconnected. The narrator did not help this perception as his performance was predictible and the inflection was similar throughout. He seems to have read a lot of non-fiction books and he read this as such. That being said, his accents were pretty good.
Lee Conley
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A review of

Tales From Ashen Falls

By Paul S. Lavender

This is a collection of short fantasy tales from author Paul Lavender which act as a prelude his novel, The Eighth God. The stories read very well as standalone stories without having to have read his other work first. The writing style is darkly humorous and is a great introduction to the authors writing style. It is quite short, only 90 pages, and contains four connected short stories set in the town of Ashen Falls.

Melress and the Fading Man
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Zainab
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can find only one fault with this book; it was too short. It ended where I'd just got my coffee. I wish this book has a sequel or turns into a series. It is definitely worth reading, very entertaining and is humorous and dark as hell.
This is a great collection of short fantasy stories that makes you squeal for more.
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Tim
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
Four very funny Grimdark short stories - sardonic, violent and great characters. A really enjoyable read.
Samuel White
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Luke
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good collection of short stories, Introduced me to a new world well and easily. enjoyed the magic system and listening on audible loved the way poc or cock said "I Fukn hate necromancers" ...more
Vicki Orton
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun short read and I imagine a good introduction to two characters from a bigger world! Very humourous in places! Perfectly enjoyable
T.A. Uner
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-a-uner-s-shelf
Great intro story to the 8th God. Which I plan on reading as soon as time permits. Mr. Lavender has obviously put a lot of time and effort into this novella. I only wish that it had a map. I hope that in the next edition one will be added. But this in no way detracts from the enjoy-ability of the story. I really am looking forward to the 8th God, and wish this author the best.
Simon Howard
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories from the world brought to you in the Eighth God - Orcslayer. Set in Ashen Falls, the stories involve some of the key players of the mother book...... I knew there was more to the bouncers Cock (get your mind out of the gutter) and his brother Pock. Don't be like me....read this before you do the Eighth God.....but either way treat yourself and read both. ...more
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