Friday, June 4, 2010

Rage of the Behemoth


Rage of the Behemoth by various authors(anthology)
This is the second antho by Rogue Blades Entertainment (I'm excited cuz I'll be in the upcoming Roar of the Crowd antho)anyhow this has 21 short stories of heroic fantasy-some of them blew me away-edge of the seat awesomeness!

Everyone of these tales deals with some kind of big monster, a behemoth hence the title. Divided into 5 sections-Depthless Seas, Frozen Wastes, Scalding Sands, Mysterious Jungles, and Ageless Mountains; this only changes location for the reader and none of these are cookie cutter tales. I was delighted by how different and ingenious these storytellers weaved their monster ballads. Because there are 21 of them and they are short stories I am not going to go into depth about each one and will briefly discuss the ones that have stuck with me the strongest.

Portrait of a Behemoth by Richard K. Lyon and Andrew J. Offutt-initially I did not like their narrative style (so purple and rambling-and I lOVE Purple prose), but as this tale of the female pirate Tiana Highrider went on I did like it-very satisfying conclusion.

Blackwater by Sean T.M. Stiennon-loved his hero/protagonist Shabak the Kabrisk-I wasn't expecting a lovecraftian type creature to be the hero, plus a great new monster-very well done.

Passion of the Stormlord by Robert A. Mancebo, this one really hit me-such a powerful take on genies and vengeance.

Nothing Left of the Man by Jeff Stewart-brought a lot of resonance for Beowulf and such.


Blood Ice by Mary Rosenblum-a very epic tale that I could have seen being stretched out to be a full novel.

Black Diamond Sands by Lois Tilton-like Blood Ice this was a tale that almost felt like it should have been part of a novel-it was also the story that took me the longest to get through-I did wish the end was more fulfilling.

Yaggoth-Voor by Bruce Durham-excellent tale with twists and turns-I read this one first. It can be tough when the gods play games with men.


Beyond the Reach of his Gods by Brian Ruckley-love this concept, northerners deep in the jungle with doom on all sides-that and the revenge and triumph over the monster.

The Rotten Bones Rattle by C.L.Werner-I loved this oriental take on heroic fantasy-but then I am really into samurai stories too.

Vasily and the Beast Gods by Daniel R. Robichaud-outsmarting the malevolent supernatural forces of a legendary Russia is always a winner.

Thunder Canyon by Jeff Draper-revenge is always a good motivator for these stories and having the monster help you is always a plus.


Where the Shadow Falls by T.W. Williams-Vivid motivations and action set William's protagonist John Humble among the most memorable of the characters in ROTB, I am going to have to find more tales of his.

Overall a great collection, I highly recommend to readers of fantasy. Order a copy Here

17 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like a pretty good collection. Man, I can't keep up with all the good reads out there. I guess that's a good thing.

David J. West said...

Charles-true there is simply too much and its the fickle finger of fate that allows what gets drawn to our paws.
Course I am still going to be getting some of yours soon-think I'm going to ask for Bitter Steel for Fathers Day and then the rest of your catalog.

Paul R. McNamee said...

Yes, 'Rage...' is an excellent anthology.

I agree there is a large amount of small press (or self) stuff out there right now.

And I'm still catching up on "classics" I missed before!

David J. West said...

Hey Paul, yes and I try to get through as much as I can because so much is so good.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

whew, I do love the cover!

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A Paladin In Citadel said...

And I was just wondering what other Offut-authored stories of Tiana Highrider were available!

Thanks for writing this post. Now I have a second book to look for at Chapters (i'm heading there to pick up a copy of Heroes Of The Fallen, once I finish typing this comment).

David J. West said...

Thanks Paladin-though i am not sure that either book will be available at Chapters-hope so...but don't honestly know.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Looks like Chapters let me down again, but Amazon.ca is telling me they can get me a copy of Heroes.

As for Rage of the Behemoth, you're right, that's another one that'll have to be ordered online. Such is the way the world is turning, I just hate having to incur some of those outrageous shipping charges.

David J. West said...

I appreciate it Paladin.

von Darkmoor said...

Thanks for the kind words, David! RotB was the product of great writers and artists and it deserves every good word it garners.

Paladin, you should be able to order Heroes and Rage from Amazon.ca and qualify for free shipping. You might need to add a 3rd book, but then you get something for your money besides delivery...

David J. West said...

Thanks Jason, I truly enjoyed ROTB and am excited to be a part of the RBE family.

Bruce Durham said...

Great review. Thanks for the kind words on 'Yaggoth-Voor', David.

Paladin, you could always add Jason's previous anthology, 'Return of the Sword', to your order to break the $39 barrier. There's some excellent reading in that, too.

von Darkmoor said...

now why didn't I think of that...

Angie said...

Gee, I missed a bunch of your posts. Weird. This sounds like a great collection. Sean Stiennon's name caught me eye especially. I've enjoyed his work and have read other stories by him about Kabrisk. It's great that you'll be in the next collection.

Bruce Durham said...

Like it or not, I'm always thinking of you, Jason :)

BTW, I added some review links to the Conan forums.

David J. West said...

I appreciate it Bruce-I am going to start Return of the Sword very soon myself.

Shame on you Jason-missing an opportunity.

Thanks Angie-I think its a great collection you would really enjoy.