The Last Ereph and Other Stories by JD Byrne
Title: The Last Ereph and Other Stories
Author: JD Byrne
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Story Collection
Blurb/Description: Kol runs down the corridor, agents of His Eminence hot on his heels. He needs escape, a way out, but all he sees is a heavy wooden door. Does salvation or capture lie behind it? In “The Last Ereph,” he finds the answer and more than he could have ever expected.
That and nine other short stories make up this debut collection from an exciting new voice in science fiction and fantasy. Other stories include:
“Of That Alluring Fruit,” in which a young woman is tempted to risk all to discover the secret of a mysterious island.
“The Dragon of the Bailey,” in which a prisoner seizes his opportunity for freedom when it presents itself in the least likely of forms.
“To Watch the Storms,” in which careful observation brings reward to a weary traveler.
“The Missing Legion,” set in the world of the forthcoming novel The Water Road, in which a big game hunter stumbles into a harrowing ritual he was never meant to see.
And “Memory of Water,” in which a man is haunted by dreams of a past he cannot escape.
Ten exciting stories – ten new worlds.
This really was a great little collection of short stories by an author who knows how to craft words into a quick tale the reader can enjoy.
My personal favourite was “The Dragon of the Bailey” in which it tells the story from the dragons point of view which I thought was quite clever.
The only thing I could say against this book was the story The Mask didn’t seem to have an ending and I felt there could have been more to it. Also “Jury Duty” didn’t really grab me like the others did but was still well written (as was “The Mask).
All round a good read of nice bit sized stories.
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