Roads End and Other Fantasies
by Brian A. Hopkins
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Pub Date 07 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2021
Crossroad Press, Mystique Press
An old king with nothing left to lose is lured to the site of his greatest victory by a long-forgotten enemy seeking revenge.
The last dragon-slayer and the last dragon, brought together with just one anticipated outcome, but what if they have more to ask of each other?
A brave knight cursed to know love as no other but to never have that love returned in kind.
The wild west as you've never seen it before.
Two ancient warriors body-stealing through time.
These are just some of the stories in this collection from award-winning author Brian A. Hopkins.
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Average rating from 5 members
I think my favourite story is the dragon slayer and dragon tale, not for the heroic actions or any such nonsense but the conversation between the pair, I would buy a book which was just the dragon telling the slayer some unpalatable truths! This book is a mixture of good, very good and ok, the only ok Tales probably more about my tastes than he good the author actually is, thanks for letting me read this Netgalley, I enjoyed it a lot
I liked this even though fantasy is not my favorite genre, but I also like short stories. Hopkins is an experienced author so he knows how to create good stories.
Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Another great collection from Brian Hopkins. The first two stories, Road's End and Ivory in the Blood, were great. I really enjoyed, and would like to see them expanded into novels. But definitely work as stories. The One-Eyed Jack stories were also great, and would like to see more of these. Finally, the three Swords of Eire stories could definitly be combined and exanded into a novel. Once again, reminded of how much I like Brian Hopkins stories. #RoadsEndandOtherFantasies #NetGalley
This collection of short stories varied from knights and dragons, to some wild west stories with a supernatural element, and one story about talking animals, all very well written and easy to read.
The One-Eyed Jack stories (the Western stories) were my favourite, they had a Jonah Hex feel to them, I would love to see more of these.
The three Swords of Eire stories (3 of the knights stories) were good, but there was a few gaps in time between some of the stories, leaving me to wonder what happened to that guy. But I could easily see them combined and expanded into a series.
I didn’t like ‘The Saga of the Turtle Knight’ story, it was the talking animals, I just could not get into this one, so much so I ended up skipping the end altogether, all the other stories were very good though.
Overall it was good, and I would read more books from Brian Hopkins, and I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good knight tale, or a good western with some supernatural elements.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.*
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