Elemental Magic

Elemental Magic


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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425217863
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2007
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.
Ruth Glick has written more than seventy novels, most of them under the pseudonym Rebecca York. She and her husband live in Columbia, Maryland.
Though Colorado is home, Carol Berg's roots are in Texas, in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. She has degrees in mathematics from Rice University and computer science from the University of Colorado, but managed to squeeze in minors in English and art history along the way. She has combined a career as a software engineer with her writing, while also raising three sons. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Colorado mountains.
The best part about being a writer is the joy of entertaining others. Whether it’s sad or scary, silly or sexy, I love knowing that one of my stories has given someone a good time. I hope this is one of those stories for you, too. Currently I live in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to drop by my website for a chat.

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Elemental Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
'Bargain With the Wind' by Sharon Shinn. At Grey Moraine Lord Baler meets Lady Charis, who is in trouble. As they elope he is remains ignorant of the air that surrounds him, but could kill him. --- 'Birthright' by Jean Johnson. Elrik the mage escorts Arasa on a quest to learn who will inherit the fire. --- 'Unmasking' by Carol Berg. Joelle is a searcher, who has failed at passing the final exam that would allow her to fight demons yet whether it is in water or land, she will use her skill anyway to save those she can like Gareth the vegetable farmer. --- 'Huntress Moon¿ by Rebecca York. Although she feels as if she is on hell on earth, to save her mother from a terrible fate, Zarah accepts being sold as a slave, who must spy on Griffin to regain her freedom. --- These four entertaining elemental romantic fantasies are fun quest tales that sub-genre readers will want to read. Harriet Klausner
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Bargain with the Wind¿ by Sharon Shinn ¿ a mysterious girl marries the lord of the manor and a housekeeper tries to discover her secrets. I was a bit irritated by the housekeeper¿s constant presence as narrator, but a little surprise ending wrapped it up nicely for me. ***¿Birthright¿ by Jean Johnson ¿ a twin princess tries to find a way to determine which is first born and the rightful heir. I enjoyed the world here. The characters had an interesting frankness to them which was a bit refreshing. ***¿Unmasking¿ by Carol Berg ¿ a magical student and a man without magical gifts attempt to trick a spy. This is part of Berg¿s Rai-Kirah series. The characterization was quite good. I will be looking for the first book in this series. ****¿Huntress Moon¿ by Rebecca York ¿ a noble girl is sold as a slave and forced to spy on her new owner. This is part of York¿s Moon series. Much too much sex for me ¿ I find it hard to find it important in a short story where the characters have so little time to engage me. **
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why did I wait so long to read this delightful fantasy romance anthology? "Elemental Magic" contains four stories--one about each of the elements: air, water, fire, and earth. "Bargain With the Wind" by Sharon Shinn - What would you be willing to give up to get your heart's desire? Shinn's story has the almost palpable feel of impending doom like the best gothic novels, but is set against a most ungothic background. **Great story that reads almost like a fable; more fantasy than romance."Birthright" by Jean Johnson - A pair of royal twins must find a way to determine who is the firstborn and heir. One places her faith in oracles, the other in a man. **Interesting historical paranormal romance."Unmasking" by Carol Berg - A talented Searcher trainee and a simple farmer must work together to fool a spy and prevent a bloody war. But whose knowledge will prove most valuable? **More a coming-of-age tale; set in a fantasy world where magic is coveted."Huntress Moon" by Rebecca York - Will her fire magic be enough to save her from the wolf? **The sexiest of the stories. Set in an alternate reality and very true to York's style.Enjoyed all the stories. Appropriate for teens too!
starstorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For fans of Carol Berg's Rai-kirah trilogy (Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration), this book is a must-have. Subtly romantic, wholly engrossing, her novella Unmasking tells the tale of the meeting of the two young Ezzarians who would eventually become Seyonne's parents. From very different backgrounds, they discover that learning to trust one another brings its own special magic. I also enjoyed Sharon Shinn's offering, Bargain With the Wind. In her tale, both romance and fantasy are handled with a subtle touch; it seems a little odd that it's told from the point of view of an observer, rather than a participant, but it works, and the ending explains the reason for the chosen pov.I wasn't impressed by the other two stories in this volume. Although Jean Johnson's Birthright wasn't a bad story overall, the fantasy setting seemed a little forced. Huntress Moon, the final story, is in my opinion the weakest of the four. I'm not familiar with anything else written by Rebecca York, but her writing seems a little simplistic and her characters a bit shallow for my taste.The book gets 5 stars from me on the merits of the excellent Berg and Shinn stories.
etoiline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very disparate melange of stories and skill levels, each based on one element: earth, air, fire, or water. Carol Berg's story, Unmasking (the element of water), is arguably the best of the bunch, and ties into the history of the characters introduced in her Rai-kirah series. It is the least "romantic" of all the stories, but the most well written. Sharon Shinn's story is well done, but a little disjointed. It seems that the air element was placed after the fact. The other two stories in the book are a bit jarring in comparison with Berg's and Shinn's. They have many more erotica elements, which could make some people uncomfortable. They are definitely done in a different style than Berg/Shinn.I bought this book solely for Berg's story. I did read all the others, but I was very glad I saved hers for last. Hers is worth 5 stars, but the overall quality and subject matter of the other stories bring the book's rating down to 3.5.
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"Y don't u go back to our den. Ill b there in a little bit. Smokeheart, im really sry that i made u mad. Ill hunt like a real warrior now."
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PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
The first story, loosely centered around the element "Air" and also very loosely a reimagining of the Cinderella myth, is called "Bargain with the Wind," and is written by Sharon Shinn. It is the reason I bought this collection, and it really impressed me. Shinn's writing style is fairly simple and a little weak, but she excels at creating characters that the reader cares about. This story is some of her strongest work in some time, nearly at the level of her Campbell Award-winning first novel, The Shape-Changer's Wife. Like that novel, it also ends with a melancholy, haunting beauty that lingered in my mind for some time. The second novella is very loosely centered around the element "Earth." "Birthright," by Jean Johnson, was the story I found a bit lame. It felt pulled in two directions -- there was too much romance to have enough time building the world and setting up the plot, but there was so much plot (and a rather weak plot to boot) that Johnson skipped all the most interesting parts of the romance: the actual falling in love. Her characters meet, want each other, spend a month together that the reader doesn't get to see at all, then fall into bed (or in this case a bathing pool) with each other and are ready to pledge their undying love. Still, it moved quickly, and the bathing pool scene walked the fine line between being R-rated and X-rated carefully enough that it was titillating rather than either horrifying or ludicrous. The third novella is the strongest. Centered around "water" and set in the world of her major trilogy, "Unmasking" by Carol Berg was a revelation. I had read Berg's standalone novel Song of the Beast and wasn't terribly impressed; it read quickly, but I forgot it almost as soon as I finished it. This novella caused me to go out and get the first novel in her Rai-Kirah trilogy immediately on its strength alone. There is nothing flashy about her writing style, but it is serviceable and there is no clunkiness as there sometimes is in Sharon Shinn's writing; but the strength in this story is her characterization. It is the shortest of the novellas in this collection, yet its characters are the ones I will remember the longest -- the inhabit a world I can picture perfectly, they are multi-faceted, and the protagonist faces quite a few hard choices with wonderfully realized courage and grace. While the romance takes up very little time, it made my heart ache. Truly an impressive work. The fourth novella is sadly the weakest by far, and left a horrible taste in my mouth after Berg's small masterpiece. Centered around "Fire," "Huntress Moon" by Rebecca York was disgustingly inadequate from the very first page. The characters make no sense, the world-building is trite and nearly non-existent, the plot is hackneyed, and the content is. . . well, I have to say that I never really believed that someone could write such utter filth, and that other people could enjoy it.It is a horrifying tale of a girl buying into her own destruction wholeheartedly. The main character agrees to become a sex slave with the hope of saving her mother and is instantly swooning over her purchaser. Their sex is described graphically (but not at all sexily) and repeatedly, and then they are magically brought together by several coincidences, the evil-doers are conveniently routed, a couple slaves are freed, and everyone lives happily ever after.
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SunshineQueen More than 1 year ago
The only story I didn't like in this anthology was the first one. Sharon Shinn is a good author, but this story I just didn't care about. It was told from a boring point of view and the rather dull romance wasn't spiced up with anything surprising or interestingly magical then all the characters you were supposed to care about died.
The rest of the stories were great, though. I just wanted to read more of all the characters, especially Rebecca York's post-apocalyptic world with psychic powers and werewolves. Now that's fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i didn't like the sharon shinn story, the characters weren't relatable and you didn't get to know them at all. its a short story of course, but the other three stories were of relative lengths and were a lot better in my opinion. i don't really like short stories because they end too quickly but these ones are pretty good.