Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions


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How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too!

Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice-from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long.

Whether you're a fan of Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Science Fiction, or just animal stories in general, this is the anthology for you!

So sit back, kick your feet up, and find out what it truly means to be the Hero's Best Friend.

Featured in Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions:

Joy Ward: "Toby and Steve Save the World"
Frank Creed: "Dusk"
Cassie Schau: "The Hunter's Boy"
Steven Donahue: "Grit"
Jason Cordova: "Hill 142"
Herika R. Raymer: "Dook"..
Essel Pratt: "Brothers".
Lisa Hawkridge: "Ezra's Girl".
S. H. Roddey: "Look What the Cat Dragged In."
Steven S. Long: "The Wolf Sentinel"
Laura Anne Ewald: "Memorandum"
Cindy Koepp: "The Hat".
Ian Hunter: "Scarheid in the Glisting".
Steven Grassie: "The Masterless".
David Wright: "Wind of Change"
Renee Carter Hall: "The Emerald Mage"..
Nick Bryan: "The Violet Curse"..
Lillian Csernica & Kevin Andrew Murphy:
"The Restless Armadillo".
Douglas J. Ogurek: "Stuck on the Squigglybounce"
Sheila Deeth: "Passage"
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937929510
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Publication date: 02/12/2014
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

For more on Scott and his work, please visit:

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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I’ll put my disclosure right at the start of this review; the first of my Hemlock stories is included in this volume. But it’s the final story in a wonderful book, and my honest review will be based on all the others, recently read and thoroughly enjoyed. The cover image boasts a regal war-beast reminiscent of those gorgeous models my sons used to play with; so, naturally, it entices me in. The nicely personable forward feels like a chance to chat over coffee – Did you love Black Beauty, Watership Down? And the Two Towers? Is Shadowfax the greatest? Then “curl up with your lovable companion and enjoy the adventure.” The stories themselves run from comedy, to tragedy, to enticing mystery, to mystical wonder and more. Who can resist “almost tailless” Toby as he steers Steve to heroism in Joy Ward’s Toby and Steve Save the World, or the magical, powerful friend defending a downed sandman. Sweetly almost human, or fiercely, proudly different, these heroic friends purr, snarl and fight, leap into battle or guide a path to safety, even performing great feats of heroism in alternate universes where “Germans riding giant spiders” replace the tanks of history. (I am still haunted by Ghost from Hill 142, by Jason Cordova). From ferrets to parrots to snakes, from earth to the far reaches of fantastical mystery, from the scary to the mundane, these animals save the day. You’ll never listen to your cat in quite the same way after reading S.H. Roddey’s wonderful Look what the cat dragged in; but for haunting mystery, try Renee Carter Hall’s The Emerald Mage. And don’t miss Passage, because that one’s mine. But seriously, even if I weren’t part of it, I would call this a truly enjoyable collection, full of surprises and wonderful animal heroics.