Elemental Magic 2007

Elemental Magic is an anthology comprising stories that uses the four elements - air, earth, water and fire. The stories contained in this anthology are Bargain with the Wind by Sharon Shinn, Birthright by Jean Johnson, Unmasking by Carol Berg and Huntress Moon by Rebecca York.

The air element is Sharon Shinn's story. The earth element is Jean Johnson's story. Whereas water and fire are Carol Berg and Rebecca York's story respectively.

I enjoyed Ms Shinn's story. Though it was told in first person, I think it worked in this case because I was able to identify with the main character. A Cinderella retelling the servant tells the story. The first person point of view added to the story and helped me connect with and get into the story.

My favorite stories within this anthology were Ms Johnson's and Ms Berg's. In Birthright we have a realistic short story about a princess seeking the answer to the question of who was born first - her or her twin sister. Though some of the situations may seem unbelievable Ms Johnson makes them believable. The erotic thread throughout this story added to my reading pleasure. And Unmasking is more fantasy than romance but utilizes the elements of water and fire as its counter. Fire is used to disguise and water to reveal the truth. The world building was magnificent and rich and added to the stories details. The setting was definitely an additional character with this story.

The final story is Ms York's which was the most uncomfortable of the stories for me to read due to the subject matter of slavery. Slavery is an acceptable part of this story's world. This story was hard to read but if it is read with the idea that it is make believe, a fairy tale then it may be more palatable. The fact that this story was so uncomfortable and disturbing gives credence to Ms York's world building and story telling abilities because it immerses you in the tale.

The stories in this anthology are intriguing. They will hold readers attention, some more than others.

Book Blurb for Elemental Magic 2007

Four all-new stories of romance, fantasy, and natural enchantment.

From wizards to weathermen, many know the powers of the four elements-natural forces that can direct the fates, change destiny, and unite lovers in the most unexpected ways. Now, those magical elements-air, fire, water, and earth-come together in perfect balance, and a perfectly unique romance anthology, from four charmed authors.

In Air find romance in a breathless retelling of the Cinderella fable from award-winning Sharon Shinn, "an amazing writing talent"(Best Reviews).

In Fire blazes adventure in a parallel dimension of werewolves and love-slaves from USA Today bestselling Rebecca York, "a true master" (Rave Reviews).

In Water resides fantasy and a remarkable universe of magic, demons, and dangerous passion from "thoroughly original" (Starburst) award-winner Carol Berg.

And in Earth discover the ultimate in profound pleasure from Jean Johnson, "a fresh new voice in fantasy romance" (Robin D. Owens).


Sharon Shinn is the award-winning author of many fantasy novels. Rebecca York is a USA Today bestselling author.

Carol Berg is an award-winning author. Jean Johnson is the author of The Sword and The Wolf.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2007 3.50