Ragged Heroes

Ragged Heroes[PDF / Epub] ★ Ragged Heroes ✪ Andy Peloquin – Oaklandjobs.co.uk These Aren t Your Typical Heroes Heroes aren t defined by shining armor, golden crowns, or noble virtuesBeggars, thieves, killers, children, and fools a hero is anyone who takes a stand against oppres These Aren t Your Typical Heroes Heroes aren t defined by shining armor, golden crowns, or noble virtuesBeggars, thieves, killers, children, and fools a hero is anyone who takes a stand against oppression, abuse, and evil Ragged though they may be, they hold their ground, defy hopeless odds, and conquer the impossible no matter the personal costEighteen bestselling and award winning authors give you a look at what it truly means to be a hero the simple act of standing up and making a difference, even to just one person. Won this beauty in Andy Peloquin s giveaway over at the Indie Fantasy Addicts FB Group I never win anything as a rule, but I WON I ve been told it s gritty, bloody and dark RTC for each story in turn as I go Won this beauty in Andy Peloquin s giveaway over at the Indie Fantasy Addicts FB Group I never win anything as a rule, but I WON I ve been told it s gritty, bloody and dark RTC for each story in turn as I go A mixed bag, as anthologies tend to go The book starts brightly with ML Spencer s excellent Reaper of the Flame, probably my favourite story of them all, followed up by Kevin Potter s thoughtful Blood and Stone which showed that not all heroes wield swords and slay dragons There were plenty of other fine stories such as The Thorn Witch by LF Oake, which had a great ending, and Warmarked by David Estes I also discovered Oz Monroe, who closed out the anthology with a short gem Andy Peloquin ha A mixed bag, as anthologies tend to go The book starts brightly with ML Spencer s excellent Reaper of the Flame, probably my favourite story of them all, followed up by Kevin Potter s thoughtful Blood and Stone which showed that not all heroes wield swords and slay dragons There were plenty of other fine stories such as The Thorn Witch by LF Oake, which had a great ending, and Warmarked by David Estes I also discovered Oz Monroe, who closed out the anthology with a short gem Andy Peloquin had a good entry, but I thought it too longlike a novella and it broke the flow of the other shorts Perhaps it should have been last.Still, there s something for everyone some thought provoking, some action packed, and plenty of humour Well worth a look, in my amateur opinion The Deadheads are the last soldiers thatanyone would want to have to rely on.Disdained, disliked and disrespected, theyprove everybody wrong when the chips go down.Their story is intense and gritty.You re missing out if you pass this one by.Enjoy Phyllis S. In typical fashion, I had started writing a blow by blow review of this as I went along and trusted in my phone to keep it safe Foolish me So, I ll have to make do instead I m always rather wary of anthologies because I can find them so hit and miss even when it s all the same author When it s a collection of multiple authors, many of whom I have never heard of, I am evenso But I m never one to turn down a freebie and this certainly looked interesting enough the standard definition In typical fashion, I had started writing a blow by blow review of this as I went along and trusted in my phone to keep it safe Foolish me So, I ll have to make do instead I m always rather wary of anthologies because I can find them so hit and miss even when it s all the same author When it s a collection of multiple authors, many of whom I have never heard of, I am evenso But I m never one to turn down a freebie and this certainly looked interesting enough the standard definition of hero often being rather boring after all.We start with Reaper of the flame which is an undeniably dark and grim tale, settling us into the knowledge that these heroes may not be what we expect The blood of innocents may be required to pay for the sins of a ruling class and our heroes may be the one with blood on their hands From this, Blood and Stone is far gentler andintrospective, written with a contemplative hand that understands the frailty that lies beneath the surface of all men I fell in love with Phil Tucker s work here, the writing is beautiful and in so very few pages he paints a picture of both violence and humanity and how one bent backed old man can perhaps make a difference Daniel Parsons however takes us in a completely different direction with Another Chosen One, offering us some much needed laughs with his almost parodical use of fantasy tropes and cliches Whilst it is clear that he is poking fun and it is a highly entertaining read, there is still a depth here that is surprising and I found the highlighting of how many authors only use human life in their works quite telling The Skincutter s Daughter moves us back into the realms of far darker fiction, with little or no humour interlaced to lighten it Despite the focus on mental health and faith, I found this fairly poor and difficult to get into, perhaps due to the lack of cohesive world building The same could be said of The Thorn Witch and A Tale of Two Thieves, and whilst the events described keep you engaged, the lack of real characterisation and world building mean that even shocking events don t have the impact they should have The latter in particular I found to be simplistic in comparison to some of the other offerings here Whips, Toothpicks and Doorstoppers certainly returned my engagement however, even if some of the characters were perhaps overly caricaturised the dark edges are back and it felt like we had moved out of young adult territory once , but the level of humour here certainly got a few smiles out of me But it was with Heart of a Shadow Child that I oncefound myself hooked Brandon Carr has a real gift here for showing the flip sides of the coin between brutality and innocence It has really sharp edges and yet his writing is beautiful, bringing you right into the mind of a child who has been forced to grow up beyond normal capabilities in a world of never ending darkness and yet can still find a spark of hope.We return to a land of high fantasy in Broken Honour and whilst it is short, it is unique enough with intelligent wolves and a mix of betrayal and trust running throughout as we are brought into a frozen wasteland Talking of wolves, The Wold s Law strangely has none of them and was another weaker entry in the collection with high action impacts but very little depth behind it as the tools of angels and demons battle I wasn t impressed with Falling Ashes either, finding it simplistic and rather representative of characters repeatedly making bloody stupid decisions when they really should know better For this reason I found it lacking and the main character irritating rather than anything else Curse the Dead was thankfully farintelligently written and manages to mix that introspective writing style with a fairly quickly paced narrative I particularly enjoyed the characterisation of the witch and the twist on her magic that makes everything that little bitunpredictable, but there is really interesting world building here as well My only complaint was that the ending was relatively weak We return to thetypical fantasy tropes with Warmarked as we follow a fighter and tourney champion into battle fast paced with lots of action, this would bemy brothers style than mine There s certainly potential in the characters, but the author takes the easy way out by simply skipping over several years rather than actually depicting them.Necromancy comes back into play in Death Bane, in a world where the dead outnumber the living and the situation gets grimmer by the day Again, the characters could have been farthan they actually are here and I found myself feeling that something was missing But Jason Paul Rice sets out what looks to be a potentially thrilling epic fantasy in Redemption Day with his character back story of a man fallen into darkness only to be given a chance at redemption through the lives of three children.But the true gem in this comes from the namesake of the collection, Ragged Heroes I had hoped for, and expected, great things and Andy Peloquin does not disappoint If there was ever a reason to buy the first novel his new series, The Silent Champions, this is it It is a superb exploration of a ragtag group of soldiers, the dregs of an army and how they can surpass all expectations including their own I absolutely fell in love with the characters, two new recruits with problems all of their own and a motley crew of supporting soldiers and officers This is the longest entry here and it is definitely worth it Now this is what all anthologies should strive to be 18 stories and everyone of them excellent Five stars is easy for this one The author s list is some of the best writers out there and I can t stress enough that when you read these stories your TBR list will definitely grow if you haven t had the pleasure to have read them before now Ragged Heroes is fantastic and all the stories will have something for everyone So go buy it sit back and enjoy it and leave a review and go buybook Now this is what all anthologies should strive to be 18 stories and everyone of them excellent Five stars is easy for this one The author s list is some of the best writers out there and I can t stress enough that when you read these stories your TBR list will definitely grow if you haven t had the pleasure to have read them before now Ragged Heroes is fantastic and all the stories will have something for everyone So go buy it sit back and enjoy it and leave a review and go buybooks from some of your new favorite author s you found in this fantastic anthology This collection showcases different short stories by several different authors, people that stand up for what they believe in and that fight back against the oppresion that is in the world The stories are all about these hero s but with a large diversity My favorite short story out of this was the one by Laura Greenwood, I have always liked the phoenix and this story was a huge tear jerker for me. This book has some amazing authors I love them all I m going to review as I go with each story The Wolf s Law by Jonathan YanezI was so delighted to find that we get to revisit a character from The Vampire Project This features Charlotte Sloan when she is a baby and being taken to New Hope Her journey there is a scary one If you ve read Jonathan s Archangel Wars you will like that he has the Nephilim in this also Caderyn gets into a fight to the death with them I have to say that never b This book has some amazing authors I love them all I m going to review as I go with each story The Wolf s Law by Jonathan YanezI was so delighted to find that we get to revisit a character from The Vampire Project This features Charlotte Sloan when she is a baby and being taken to New Hope Her journey there is a scary one If you ve read Jonathan s Archangel Wars you will like that he has the Nephilim in this also Caderyn gets into a fight to the death with them I have to say that never before have I read something violent and gory and laughed my but off at the same time Jonathan s humor is something else.Merged review This book has some amazing authors I love them all I m going to review as I go with each story The Wolf s Law by Jonathan YanezI was so delighted to find that we get to revisit a character from The Vampire Project This features Charlotte Sloan when she is a baby and being taken to New Hope Her journey there is a scary one If you ve read Jonathan s Archangel Wars you will like that he has the Nephilim in this also Caderyn gets into a fight to the death with them I have to say that never before have I read something violent and gory and laughed my but off at the same time Jonathan s humor is something else This is a great anthology with diverse characters I loved the writing styles of the authors, and their individual stories are exciting, and kept me enthralled I highly recommend this collection.Reaper of the Flame by M.L Spencer Blood and Stone by Phil Tucker Another Chosen One by Daniel Parsons The Skincutter s Daughter by Joshua Robertson The Thorn Witch by L.F Oake A Tale of Two Thieves by Sara C Roethle Whips, Toothpicks, and Doorstoppers by Stevie Collier Heart of a Shad This is a great anthology with diverse characters I loved the writing styles of the authors, and their individual stories are exciting, and kept me enthralled I highly recommend this collection.Reaper of the Flame by M.L Spencer Blood and Stone by Phil Tucker Another Chosen One by Daniel Parsons The Skincutter s Daughter by Joshua Robertson The Thorn Witch by L.F Oake A Tale of Two Thieves by Sara C Roethle Whips, Toothpicks, and Doorstoppers by Stevie Collier Heart of a Shadow Child by Brandon Barr Broken Honor by Megan Haskell The Wolf s Law by Jonathan Yanez Falling Ashes by Laura Greenwood Curse the Dead by Logan Keys Warmarked by A short story from The Fatemarked epic by David Estes Death Bane by J.T Williams Redemption Day by Jason Paul Rice Ragged Heroes by Andy Peloquin The Wizard of Bastion by Susan Faw The Last Ashosi by Oz Monroe Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Reaper of the Flame I ll grant you ragged but I have no idea where the heroism comes in on this I think the focus was mostly on graphically describing atrocities which I respect but it didn t go any further than that and it left a lot for questions hanging Meh 2 5. My story in Ragged Heroes was Falling Ashes, it is now available in Stories From the Paranormal Council Universe Six Paranormal Stories My story in Ragged Heroes was Falling Ashes, it is now available in Stories From the Paranormal Council Universe Six Paranormal Stories