There are 21 short stories – some very short and others longer – in this box set.
I shall review in sets of 7 and give an average of stars per set.
- Two if by Sea
A novella about Vivi from her previous Nia Rivers series, who is a river magical creature, with a shoe fetish (she explains this as being because all she ever saw were people’s feet and the shoes they wore from her river bed).
So Vivi, who had been given a pair of enchanted shoes in the previous books so she could walk (she was crippled), goes in search of some up-dated shoes from the same designer. The new ones were coming out in his shop in Rome, only the ley line she travelled on dumped in in the Athenian sea at the feet of Poseidon. He introduces her to modern life and its small issues like cars and roads and hotels….
A good novella with a charming Vivi. 4 stars.
2. Well Loved
So here there are some twins with the smaller, and weaker twin being a girl. She is very sick, probably dying and modern medecine can do little for her. Her father and brother are determined to find a way she can be healed and so research lores and legends finding Brigid, the Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint in Ireland with a reputation for miracles. Note: Holy Wells feature in this story.
3. Stealing Persephone: Isadora Brown
A story about Dream Walking that I couldn’t be bothered to finish. 2 stars
4. Mercury Rising: Rebekkah Lewis
Hybris is the goddess of Hubris and having a tempestuous love affair with Hermes – who is sad for the wood nymph that Apollo has stolen from the satyr Melancron, and is keeping chained up in his temple until she ‘admits’ to being in love with him. if ever…
A rather slow short story. 3 stars.
5. Hearts and Arrows: Natasha Larry
There is Venus, Cupid and Arrows plus Sirens and their daughters in this story. Do remember that Gods feed on the love of their worshippers – no love = no God and no Power. Hence Cupid is now living in a run-down trailer.
Not exciting. 3 stars.
6. How to Defeat a Demi-God: Nicole Zoltack
When a vampire-hunter goes to Italy for a change of scene and to hunt for serial killer, he doesn’t expect to find Medusa working out her revenge for a love gone bad.
Okay. 3 stars.
7. Cassie’s Curse: Liz Gavin
In Cassie’s family the women are descendants of the Delphic Oracle and obtain their gift of prophecy from Apollo – by being his worshipper – and lover. What happens when you reject Apollo?
Okay. 3 stars.
8.Goddess of Time: Monica Corwin
Morgana and Arthur and some enchanted islands. Didn’t enchant me. 2 stars.
9. Ovid’s Folly: Todd Skaggs
Medusa again but not an intentional serial killer. A modified curse but in some ways worse.
Quite enjoyable. 4 stars.
10. Hellbent: Tina Glasneck
11. Secret husband: Normandie Alleman
12. Water Warrior: Pauline Creedon
13. Gods and Monster’s: Jill Cooper
14. The Yaga Legacy: Debbie Cassidy
15. The Medusa Consiracy: Jackson Dean Chase
16. Hearth, Home and Havoc: RJ Blain
17. Tears of Stone: Raine English
18. In the Essence of Blood: Melle Amade
19. Aterion: Katalina Leon
20. The Fight of the Sorceress: Leona Bushman
21. Gods and Nymphs: Shannon Eckrich & Rebecca Hamilton