Why did I wait so long to read this delightful fantasy romance anthology? “Elemental Magic” contains four stories–one about each of the elements: air, water, fire, and earth.
“Bargain With the Wind” by Sharon Shinn – What would you be willing to give up to get your heart’s desire? Shinn’s story has the almost palpable feel of impending doom like the best gothic novels, but is set against a most ungothic background. **Great story that reads almost like a fable; more fantasy than romance.
“Birthright” by Jean Johnson – A pair of royal twins must find a way to determine who is the firstborn and heir. One places her faith in oracles, the other in a man. **Interesting historical paranormal romance.
“Unmasking” by Carol Berg – A talented Searcher trainee and a simple farmer must work together to fool a spy and prevent a bloody war. But whose knowledge will prove most valuable? **More a coming-of-age tale; set in a fantasy world where magic is coveted.
“Huntress Moon” by Rebecca York – Will her fire magic be enough to save her from the wolf? **The sexiest of the stories. Set in an alternate reality and very true to York’s style.
Enjoyed all the stories. Appropriate for teens too!