Twenty established and up and coming fantasy writers, all members of the Fantastic Fantasy Writers Facebook Page, stretch their creative muses with 19 highly creative tales ranging from non-traditional dragons to mud maidens to a two headed centaur. Here imagination knows no bounds!
REVIEWS: A Forest of Dreams is the first release I’ve read by Indie Authors Press. Immediately I was impressed with the gorgeous, professionally, designed cover-art by Drusilla Morgan. This is my first taste of her work, and as a graphic-artist myself, I was very interested to see her work. I ended up quite pleased at the level of detail and balance displayed in the design.
As for the rest of the book, the over all layout and formatting of the book was neat, clean and professional. I’ll give it to Indie Authors Press, I’ve read a lot of poorly strung together anthologies in the past, but this one was approached with a lot of obvious care. In this they respected the reader by ensuring that this antho was as professional as possible. They defiantly get that people are spending their money on something, and they didn’t disappoint. Overall, a good layout, easy to index to specific stories, clean chapter breaks and formatting, and it is well edited. Easy read.
Jumping into the stories of the book, the stories are mostly all easy reads, cleanly edited, and well selected for the anthology. The stories are diverse, spanning several sub-genre’s of fantasy, ensuring that there will be a story in there for just about any fantasy fan to enjoy. Personally, I tend to categorize anthology stories by author, more so than the individual story. I sort of view anthology reading as a chance to explore new authors and get acquainted with their individual writing styles and voice.
I was most particularly interested in reading the entry by Maggie Secara before picking this book up. I’ve been following her The Dragon Ring/Harper Errant (Crooked Cat Publishing) series, and had always loved the highly-literary aspects of her prose, and her take on a fantasy world system.