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Savage Realms Monthly: January 2021: A collection of dark fantasy sword and sorcery short adventure stories (Savage Realms Monthly Dark Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Adventure Magazine) Paperback – January 26, 2021
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- ASIN : B08VCQP8WH
- Publisher : Independently published (January 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 110 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8700786492
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.25 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #662,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Festival of the Bull by Steve Dilks is top notch amazing and I am going to have to read more by him. It has classic set-up and premise like a very good Conan pastiche but this barbarian Bohun is his own man with his own mission and honor bound duty to abide by. Great tale!
The Tomb of Orthun-Rah by David Sims is excellent as well, lots of surprise twists and fun. This is a great new addition to the premise of a barbarian vs a sorcerer.
Serpent Lord of Bryson Metals is the weakest tale for me, but that is my own bias as it didn't particularly seem like a S&S tale to me - it is fantasy, it is action packed with strange magics etc and terrible monsters, but maybe it was a little off the mark for me - not bad by any stretch, its good, but just seemed a little out of place beside the others. I heartily recommend this collection to everyone who likes S&S.
Welcome to SAVAGE REALMS MONTHLY. Presumably derived from Willard Black's 2018 book SAVAGE REALMS, a LitRPG Adventure that drops players into virtual reality world with all the fun and excitement that entails, the monthly title "appears" to be a collection of tales of Sword & Sorcery. I say presumably because, after all, these adventures COULD be set in various virtual worlds.
Having said that, the stories come off as straight S&S with different flavors...different tropes...and a lot of the fun for the readers.
This first entry contains 4 stories:
GOD OF THE MOUNTAIN by Willard Black - A barbarian mercenary takes gold to retrieve a captured daughter. But nothing is as it appears. The first of the Redgar and Natali continuing series if stories.
THE FESTIVAL OF THE BULL by Steve Dilks - An escaped "slave" saves a life...a life that threatens to destroy what freedom he has.
THE TOMB OF ORTHUN-RAH by David Sims - A search for hidden treasure brings deadly creatures and an evil betrayal.
SERPENT LORD OF BRYSON METALS by Kell Myers - A war in a future time compels a soldier to protect an ancient artifact and its keeper.
A nice collection of stories and a fun launch for this new magazine.
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The first issue - dated January 2021 - contains four stories by new and established genre authors.
While a mixed bag, as you would hope, all were of a high standard, with The Festival of The Bull, by Steve Dilks, a fellow Brit who manages to rival Robert E Howard himself for sheer pulp excitement, being the stand-out of the bunch.
I came across Savage Realms Monthly purely by chance, searching "sword-and-sorcery" on Amazon (where all the issues are readily available, as they appear to be printed by Amazon as well) months ago.
But I once I actually ordered a copy I was instantly hooked from the moment I started reading.
The digest size and sensible print font size made it an easy read for me, struggling as I do with a combination of poor eyesight and fickle concentration because of my stroke, and while I didn't tear through it, the action of each short adventure drove my enthusiasm on for as long as I read at each sitting.
You've probably heard me moan before about how my reading - and retention - has suffered because of my various medical ailments, but this volume proved to be the perfect fillip for me.
The stories in this issue are:
God of The Mountain, by Willard Black, was the Clonan I was expecting but had an amazing backdrop, making great use of its volcanic setting.
The barbarian hero Redgar is charged with rescuing a maiden from sacrifice. This was exactly the sort of story I was expecting to find in a sword-and-sorcery anthology, with a nice twist in its plot, but was primarily memorable for the dramatic use of its final explosive locale (7/10)
The Festival of The Bull, by Steve Dilks: The highlight of the issue for me, a thrill ride from start to finish.
It would be easy to dismiss the central character of Bohun as simply "Black Conan", but Dilks has crafted a fully-rounded character, with believable motivations to back up his over-the-top deeds.
While still the muscle-bound "barbarian" of tradition, Bohun is also unlike any antihero I've encountered in the genre so far.
The longest story in the collection, it perfectly conjures its decadent setting, and delivers a terse, pulse-pounding adventure. (10/10)
The Tomb of Orthun-Rah, by David Sims: I'm not used to swords-and-sorcery tales with such a large cast of protagonists, and this felt like a Dungeons & Dragons adventure write-up at first with the inclusion of a dwarf character, but very quickly it became an impressive tomb raiding story, especially as the party was whittled down by the combination of a demon and the stalking sleeva.
A band of deserters head into the jungle to loot an abandoned temple and - surprise, surprise - get more than they bargained for. (8/10)
Serpent Lord of Bryson Metals, by Kell Myers: At first I was thrown off by the post-apocalyptic setting and the swearing (I have no problem with cussing, it just doesn't seem a natural fit for the swords-and-sorcery short fiction genre), but, once again, the pace and the storytelling quickly won me round.
I still prefer a more old school, pseudo-Hyborian setting for these stories, but Serpent Lord genuinely surprised me by how it drew me in, despite these reservations.
Not a traditional sword-and-sorcery tale, this takes place centuries after the collapse of the United States and the return of magic (a bit Thundarr The Barbarian), with special forces officer Kara Black racing to keep a mysterious artefact out of the hands of the invading lizard-like Krun forces. (9/10)
I realise, these days, the market for hardcore sword-and-sorcery is not what it was, but I can't help feeling that Savage Realms Monthly has the potential to be a modern day Weird Tales, serving as a launch pad for a new wave of sword-and-sorcery scribes.
I was going to read all the available issues of Savage Realms in release order, but I'm now skipping ahead to the next to feature the brilliant Bohun (March 2022).
Then I'll go back to the second volume and resume my journey into the unknown, trusty sword in hand.
With a price point of between £8 and £10 an issue, Savage Realms Monthly is the perfect regular treat for genre fans.
There are currently a dozen volumes on Amazon and publisher William Scott Miller tells me the next is due out at the end of the month (or start of August at the latest).
A full-time thriller writer by profession, William Scott Miller, of Literary Rebel, says publishing Savage Realms Monthly is a labour of love, and I reckon fellow swords-and-sorcery devotees owe it to themselves to sample some of this love.
I recently got into Robert E Howard’s Conan and Kull stories and this magazine is filled with more of that Sword and Sorcery magic!
All the authors were handpicked for the quality of their storytelling and I thoroughly enjoyed each one!
Stand out for me in this issue is Steve Dilks story The Festival Of The Bull
The short stories are just long enough to give an idea of what to expect, without potentially getting boring. I know I was interested in learning more about the worlds two of the authors had crafted.