Monday, January 13, 2020

The Bookwyrm's Review of Blackest Spells, Edited by C.T. Phipps

Author: Various Authors, Edited by C.T. Phipps

Length: 298 Pages

Publisher: Crossroad Press

Release Date: December 12, 2019

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

For the longest time, I was a huge fan of a variety of fantasy and sci fi anthologies, such as Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey's Thieve's World and David Drake's The Fleet. I still love those series, but hadn't read an Anthology in years until I read Blackest Knight's, the first anthology edited by C.T. Phipps. I really enjoyed the various stories in that one, and was excited to get a chance to review Blackest Spells. 

This is a rarity in my experience, since there are no duds in this collections of stories. I enjoyed every story, which ranged from dark tales of necromancy and witchcraft, to urban fantasy and Twilight Zoneesque creepyness. While all the stories are good, there were some standouts.

 CH Baum's story about an ambitious mage apprentice really sets the tone for the collection as the first story. Matthew Gilbert's story about a man hunting a serial killer mage is outstanding, as is the very trippy CT Phipps story about a man trapped in his own worst nightmare by a mysterious gentleman. The rest of the stories stand up well on their own, creating an anthology that literally has something for everyone who enjoys fantasy. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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