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Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology

(Chronicles of the Black Gate #0.4)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Hidden pasts. Secrets untold. Legends half-remembered. Fifteen fantasy writers gather to bring fifteen tales to life, each one a unique glimpse into a wholly original world.

On the Emerald Road, a dead Sage triggers a brutal trial beneath the forest floor. There, a young man must fight—and kill—both friends and enemies to become the next wielder of the fabled Emerald Blade
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Published January 15th 2018
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A good anthology comprised of 16 short stories written by some of the most well-known indie fantasy authors. Plus, it’s FREE!

Let me first say that you can get this book for FREE on Amazon. Okay, one more time, for FREE!! Until when? Forever! Regardless of my rating, you should download it to your Kindle immediately, because there’s absolutely no harm in doing so. Unless.. you don’t like free stuff… Anyway, on to the review.

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J.P. Ashman
Nov 21, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Now FREE on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks etc. Don't miss out!

Super proud to be a part of this. I cannot wait to read the other stories in this anthology. It's been incredibly hard to know it's coming and not be able to read it all. Counting down the days - not long now!
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, anthology
"Some stories are short; anecdotes for the night-fires. Some are long, winding tales and glorious at their finish. Some are full of darkness. Others light. Others still are grey in their ambiguity."
Most of our stories are indistinguishable from the next. Unremarkable, was the word. Not everybody can have their name roared at roof-beams over the clash of tankards and foreheads. Few ever can have that honour, my father told me. Fewer still keep hold of it. For stories change with the writi
A very-very delightful collection of short fiction from the new authors in the beloved fantasy/sword&sorcery genre. This book, effectively, is a 'tasting menu' of different worlds and writing styles. A great way to discover new authors to follow!

Great kudos to the editors/organisers of this release. This is an excellent job!

Other reviewers already noted the overall strength of this collection. It is unusually well rounded (for the anthology) and good quality throughout. Well worth your time and
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first anthology and the main reason I decided to give it try is because the majority of the authors were already on my radar and this was the perfect opportunity to get familiar with their writing. So, without further ado, here are my two cents.

No Fairytale by Ben Galley – 3.5 stars

An interesting story with intriguing characters. I enjoyed the setting and I really want learn more about this world and its magic. This story is basically a bridge between the Emanska series and the futu
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The short story is a wonderful art-form entirely different from the novel. And yet, sometimes it's treated as an hors d’oeuvre, tasty but not as satisfying as a full meal. I guess that's one of the reasons anthologies aren't, in general, very popular.

Personally, I love the idea of anthologies. I've bought quite a few of them over the years, but I’m always left feeling a little disapointed with them. I tend to approach anthologies with high hopes and big appetite, expecting my mind to be blown a
Laura Hughes
Dec 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've read six of the other stories so far, and can already assure readers they're in for a treat! Can't wait to read the rest, and feel super lucky to have my own story in here alongside such amazingly talented friends and fellow authors. ...more
Steven Kelliher
Dec 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Proud to be a part of an anthology that has taken about a year to come together in full.

I promise, for all readers of epic fantasy, dark fantasy and everything in between, this collection will blow your socks off.
Jon Adams
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a great anthology. I liked every story in it and loved a few. Laura M. Hughes was my favorite, by far.
There was an average rating of 4.43, but I rounded up to 5 due Mark Lawrence's intro.

Benedict Patrick - 5
Steven Kelliher - 4
Mike Shel - 5
Timandra Whitecastle - 4
Dyrk Ashton - 4
Laura M. Hughes - 6
Michael R. Miller - 3.5
Phil Tucker - 3
Bryce O'Connor - 5
T.L. Greylock - 5
Jeffrey Hall - 4
JP Ashman - 5
David Benem - 3.5
Alec Hutson - 5
Dyrk Ashton
Dec 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Thrilled to be a part of this. And dying to read everyone else's stories! ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always found anthologies to be something akin to one of those icebreaker sessions on the first day of school, where everyone gathers ‘round and introduces who they are and shares something interesting about themselves. You get the most minuscule idea of the person as a whole, but hey, they seem pretty cool, that’s my new best friend. Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology, superbly written and curated by fifteen indie authors who all participated in SPFBO, with an introduction by Mark Lawrence, is ...more
Queen Terrible Timy
When I plunged into reading Lost Lore, I only knew two of the authors' work beforehand: Benedict Patrick, who clawed his way into my favorite authors list last year and Steven Kelliher. Others I heard about but haven't gotten around to read their work: Dyrk Ashton, T. L. Greylock, Timandra Whitecastle, Michael R. Miller, Ben Galley, Phil Tucker. I looked forward to read their stories, and discover some new authors to keep my eyes on. Thankfully, this book give me plenty of them: Laura M. Hughes, ...more
Richard Nell
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed this. As with most anthologies some didn't work for me, others I savored, but then that's the beauty of so many stories/writers together. I should also note that this was my first experience with most of the writers, save for T.L. Greylock (read 1 book), and Ben Galley (his story in Art of War anthology). Yet again, my TBR has grown more monstrous. My top 5:

5. And they were never heard from again - Benedict Patrick

A sort of dark fairytale. I enjoyed the characters and prose, bu
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
This was great collection that enabled me to check out some of the authors I have been wanting to try and just haven’t gotten around to. While all of these stories were good, like with all anthologies there were some I liked better or thought were more suited to short story form than others which makes it a bit hard to rate, so I am going to go somewhere in the middle- think of it as a 3.5 (this is when that half star would be helpful) since I liked everything but didn't love everything.
Also I
Feb 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Reading this as part of a readalong :)
Invited by the one and only Benedict Patrick, Thank you by the way!!
Join us : Lost Lore Readalong
Dec 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to share this! ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of fantasy
Recommended to Michael by: Michael R Miller
I received an early copy of this anthology from one of its authors for an honest review. This is a free anthology! That's right, FREE! so there's no reason why people shouldn't wish to give this a try.

To be honest, this collection didn't impress me as much as the Art of War anthology did. The stories were okay but mostly 3 stars or less (in my opinion).
The exception to these were my favourites as follows:-

Paternus: Deluge by Dyrk Ashton. As the title suggests it is from his Paternus world and d
Ben Galley
Nov 22, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: fantasy
I'm thrilled to be part of this anthology, and I can't wait to dig my teeth into the rest of the stories! ...more
T.O. Munro
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fondness for anthologies dates back to my early reading days when first “The Ten Tales of Shellover” and then a translation of the Dutch classic “King of The Copper Mountains” kept me enthralled from one night’s reading to the next. In Lost Lore we have an eclectic mix of very different tales by very different writers, that still kept me devouring stories at a more rapid rate than the one a night of my childhood.

Lost Lore kept me entertained and frantically noting many lines that charmed, or
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review is here, on my blog!

I’d say it’s not often that I find an anthology in which I like every story presented, or at least not dislike any of them, but I find that this is happening more and more as of late. I don’t know if it’s the books that’ve changed or if I’m just making better reading decisions. I mean in the last two cases, it were books that were given to me (that I would have read either way), so maybe it’s a bit of both?

I’ll take it!

So, I once again really liked 99.9% of this a
Overall a good anthology focused on introducing new readers to these authors and their signature worlds. Some stories were more satisfying than others, and all of them had open ended conclusions, which wasn’t very satisfying for me personally, but I believe this was by design to leave you wanting more. Not sure if this will be an anthology I find myself craving to reread, but it isn’t one I regret giving a try, because there are a few authors here whose further works I will be purchasing in the ...more

No fairytale: 4 *
And they were never heard from again: 3.5 *
A Tree called Sightless: 2 *
Barrowlands: 4
Into the woods: 3
Paternus:Deluge: 4 *
I, Kane: 3
The Huntress: 4
The prisoner: 2.5
A simple thing: 3.5
Palesword: 4
The light in the Jungle: 4
Black Barge: 4
Making a Killing: 2.5
The First Thread: 3.5

The final rating has nothing to do with these numbers! I really enjoyed the book so I gave it 4 stars.
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, anthologies
Strong offerings make this anthology worth your time.

Lost Lore accomplishes its task of introducing readers to several amazing indie voices in dark epic fantasy. I’m excited to add so many new authors to my to-read pile!
Aidan Hennessy
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie, onkindle
A charming and enjoyable collection of short stories from a top group of indie fantasy authors. A good way to tip your toe into indie fantasy before being fully committed. Recommended.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-own
Excellent anthology! Very happy to add yet another few authors to my tbr!
Alyssia Cooke
Lost law; another fantasy anthology for my collection. It's been a year for the short stories it seems. This one based on the forgotten stories in the background. And Ben Galley certainly catches my attention in the opening lines of No Fairytale as he tells us that we are all stories; line after line and written at the speed of your heartbeat. It's a poetic start and one that bodes well, as indeed does the tone and style of the tale which is fast paced and engaging. I found And They Were Never H ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Review to come
Julian White
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting concept (think the history/story bits of the Lord of the Rings appendices) which provide the background/lore to some fictional worlds. A bit of a mixed bag - there were several standout stories (And They were Never Heard From Again; Into the Woods - both about storytelling and the power of words; A Simple Thing; The First Thread. Three of these make me want to read further in those worlds and I'd like more from the fourth as well, just not quite so much) and a few with intriguing ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eclectic mix of short stories from some of my favorite independent authors. A must-read for fans of the genre.
Hannah | thebookwormsfeast
I had never read any work by these authors before but I absolutely loved their work - not a bad story in here, unlike many anthologies I have read. Definitely expanded my to be read list.
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Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut Emaneska Series, Ben has released a range of fantasy novels, including the award-winning weird western Bloodrush and standalone novel The Heart of Stone

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Chronicles of the Black Gate (5 books)
  • The Path of Flames (Chronicles of the Black Gate #1)
  • The Black Shriving (Chronicles of the Black Gate #2)
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