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Elementary (All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters)
     

Elementary (All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters)

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by Mercedes Lackey
 

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In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career that would span decades and more than a hundred novels, with no signs of slowing yet.

And among Ms. Lackey's many novels, few are as

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In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career that would span decades and more than a hundred novels, with no signs of slowing yet.

And among Ms. Lackey's many novels, few are as critically-acclaimed and beloved as those of the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

Now the voices of other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/28/2013
Warmth and passion abound in Lackey’s second Elemental Masters anthology, which ties in to her ongoing series of novels. The shared universe is thrown open to a wide range of historical urban fantasy stories to build on themes of family, chosen or otherwise, and what it means to use and share the power of the elementals. Elisabeth Waters’s “Fire’s Daughter” contemplates the discovery of one’s own true self. Ron Collins’s “The Flying Contraption” breathes childlike glee and life into historical events. Lackey’s own “Into the Woods” capstones the collection with a mix of horror and thoughtful delight. Though several stories build on previous Elemental Masters works, new readers will have no trouble understanding the world and its characters. The strength of the anthology comes in the unity and flow of the stories as each one builds subtly toward a gentle, thoughtful point with a perfect blend of emotion and intrigue. (Dec.)
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"Warmth and passion abound in Lackey’s second Elemental Masters anthology, which ties in to her ongoing series of novels. The shared universe is thrown open to a wide range of historical urban fantasy stories to build on themes of family, chosen or otherwise, and what it means to use and share the power of the elementals.... Though several stories build on previous Elemental Masters works, new readers will have no trouble understanding the world and its characters. The strength of the anthology comes in the unity and flow of the stories as each one builds subtly toward a gentle, thoughtful point with a perfect blend of emotion and intrigue."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Once again, Mercedes Lackey has created a rich, lush depiction of England's Elemental Masters, combining elemental magic, fantastic creatures, coming-of-age elements, and the realities of war.... Lackey's elegant wordcraft combines humor with the knife edge of desperation.... I highly advise people to read this book, and I desperately urge Mercedes Lackey to keep writing the Elemental Masters novels."—Fresh Fiction
 
"Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended."—Library Journal
 
"Fans of light fantasy will be thrilled by Lackey’s clever fairy-tale adventure."—Booklist

Library Journal
11/15/2013
From Samuel C. Conway's tale of how a rabbit and a seabird helped bring about a truce between dueling elemental mages ("Fire-Water") to Kristin Schwengel's story that depicts an alternate cause for the disastrous voyage of the Spanish fleet in 1588 ("Sails of the Armada"), the 19 tales set in the world of Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series open new windows upon that enchanted world. Lackey's "Into the Woods" tells of a little girl's trip to visit her grandmother in the forest. Other contributors include Diana L. Paxson, Louisa Swann, Tanya Huff, and Jody Lynn Nye. VERDICT Series fans and lovers of tales of magic in general should find this collection satisfying.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698143371
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Series:
Elemental Masters Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
125,929
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Warmth and passion abound in Lackey’s second Elemental Masters anthology, which ties in to her ongoing series of novels. The shared universe is thrown open to a wide range of historical urban fantasy stories to build on themes of family, chosen or otherwise, and what it means to use and share the power of the elementals.... Though several stories build on previous Elemental Masters works, new readers will have no trouble understanding the world and its characters. The strength of the anthology comes in the unity and flow of the stories as each one builds subtly toward a gentle, thoughtful point with a perfect blend of emotion and intrigue."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Once again, Mercedes Lackey has created a rich, lush depiction of England's Elemental Masters, combining elemental magic, fantastic creatures, coming-of-age elements, and the realities of war.... Lackey's elegant wordcraft combines humor with the knife edge of desperation.... I highly advise people to read this book, and I desperately urge Mercedes Lackey to keep writing the Elemental Masters novels."—Fresh Fiction
 
"Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended."—Library Journal
 
"Fans of light fantasy will be thrilled by Lackey’s clever fairy-tale adventure."—Booklist

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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Elementary (All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
these were sort of a lackluster grouping. i even skipped through a few stories that were just plain boring or too choppy to make a whole lot of sense
GracieRavenwood More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the Elemental Masters and Mercedes Lackey. This collection of short stories revisits some of the same characters from the first collection and introduces some new faces as well. If you enjoyed the first, add this one to your reading list. You'll not regret it.
lunapara2 More than 1 year ago
They advertise this book as though all the stories are written by Mercedes Lackey. They aren't and the quality of writing is also not comparable. Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your time and money for the real series. If I had wanted amateur hour, Iwould have simply written myself.
JaynaM More than 1 year ago
Short stories should be complete entities. Too many of the stories in this collection read more like first chapters. They didn't satisfy me; they left me hungry.
NalikEDeyu More than 1 year ago
I have totally enjoyed all of the books in the Elementals series, and anticipated this collection with high expectations. I was not disappointed! I know it's hard for authors to allow others to play in their 'sandbox', but based on Ms. Lackeys other anthologies in her Valdemar world, she did a fantastic job in selecting stories to include here. Maintaing the same time frame while allowing the locales to expand made this fit in perfectly, giving the reader a lot more to think about. I love playing 'what if', so this collection really gave me that opportunity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic and mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Merecedes Lackey's Elemental Magic is a compelling collection of stories with intuitively observed characters, awesome plots and marvelous narration. It comes on the heels of The Usurper and Other Stories, which I equally enjoyed. Cool stories to read effortlessly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Mercedes Lackey in one of my favorite authors, I eagerly await any new book of hers. I was not disappointed with Elemental Magic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more of the Elemental Masters books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading Ms. Lackey's works. She also is a great editor, choosing stories for her anthologies that deepen the worlds she has created. While she is a very prolific writer, she is unable to write as fast as most of her readers devour her work. Thank you Ms. Lackey.
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Love this author. Anyone who is a fan will enjoy this series of stories by writers who get her. Some real gems here even if they are not all wrotten by M L.
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Having read all the previous Elemental Masters books, I was hoping this compilation would be a nice compliment to the stories I already knew. It was. It was fun to see different points of view from some of the earliest elemental magic practitioners to something more current and modern. It was an easy read, and each story is unique unto itself. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories end too abruptly, plots are thin,not much charactee devwlopment. The worst book in the collection.
jmcissy More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey has allowed other writers to enter her Elemental Magic world, with mostly good success, The locations are more widespread but the stories remain true to Lackey's vision.
lunapara2 More than 1 year ago
I love Mercedes Lackey's books and jumped on this immediately, without reading that is was stories by other authors based on the elemental masters theme. I was disappointed. There were only a few of the stories that I could even finish.
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