Realms of the Deep
Edited by Philip
Reviewed by Coral
This book is a collection of short stories set
during a war between most of the sea creatures and the cities on land.
I'm glad that the next books in the series will be
actual novels, because while I found some of the short stories interesting, I
really wished I could get more on the bigger picture. The stories seemed so
disjointed at times, it was hard to tell what was happening in the overall
scheme of things. I'm also glad that Mel Odom will be the writer, because it
was that story that I was most interested in, as it seemed to be the closest
we got to seeing the reasons behind the uprising from the sea.
It's hard to rate a book of short stories, because
there are different authors and different writing styles. I enjoyed some of
them (Mel Odom's One Who Swims With Sekolah and Troy Denning's The Crystal
Reef were my two favourites), but others seemed too cliché (Hard Choices by
Lynn Abbey and The Place Where Guards Snore at Their Posts by Ed Greenwood)
while most of the others were just okay.