FIVE DRAGONS: A DRAGONS OF ERIDAN COLLECTION
Praise is rolling in for my new collection...
'4.0 Stars - Finally a dragon fantasy story with actual dragons in it!
This is a unique collection of interconnected fantasy stories centering around a world where dragons and humans co-exists under a tentative peace accord. Unlike other short story collection, these stories truly felt intertwined. Each story picked up where the last story left off with a new character perspective, often a person (or creature) featured in the previous story. The first story in the collection felt very much like a classic fantasy story, but Jeffs is known to subvert the tropes of the genre. Sure enough, the later stories brought in unique twists with the inclusion of western and science fiction themes. I particularly loved the third and fourth stories because I am always a fan of the western gunslinger themes.
Once again, I am blown away by the quality of Jeffs’ writing. Her style is smart, concise and easy to digest. These stories were all so enjoyable to read with a good balance between character work and an engaging plot. The dragons in this world were the intelligent, magical kind of dragons that we often see in fantays. Personally, I tend to prefer the monstrous version, but I still very much enjoyed reading about these ones. I would absolutely recommend this collection to anyone looking for a great fantasy story with a healthy dose of dragons.
This book is an excellent place to start for anyone new to the author. Jeffs has written two other fantastic collection and I would personally recommend following up this one her Saloons & Stardust stories, which has more of that scifi western flavour that I particularly love.'
— Rachel - The Shades of Orange (Goodreads Reviewer)
'Jeffs' beautifully-wrought language slides you effortlessly into the strangest of worlds. Another poignant, fascinating collection.'
— Aiki Flintheart (Author of the Kalima Chronicles)
'The spindly limbs of long-drowned trees reach skyward fingers like skeletons...'
'Five Dragons is a highly imaginative, genre-bending collection of interlinked stories whose entirety achieves an ambitious goal. A true personification of a story cycle where texts are held together by collective protagonists, recurring characters and the dominant motif herein of dragons in an ancient war that blasts into the future, the compilation is so well done it reads like a novel.
Pamela Jeffs introduces us to a world of unified stories, each closed and self- sufficient, told in distinct insight from a discrete point of view. The composite is like a sonnet sequence with integral completeness of each individual story, yet coherence as a whole.
Action-packed and multi-narrated, the anthology invites the reader to a mystery whodunnit fantasy of missing dragon eggs; to a scientific fantasy of genetically engineered baby dragons; to a western fantasy of a dragon-eyed, blue-haired metal- armed gunslinger... and more.
It’s a cross-genre book that comes along with pre-dawn shadows, curtains of moss in the deepest darkness, a woman ‘five parts human’, merpeople, silver torpedo flying fish with glistening scales, a dragon boneyard, glamoured dragons, fragility or trust in the relationships between humans and dragons, dragons in humanoid bodies, dragons with supersonic banshee screams—yes, a lot of dragons, and they are uniquely enthralling.
Each story wears a strong sense of place, as Jeffs introduces the worlds of Eridan and the underwater city of Ocerei, from rugged terrain to ruined moors, or places of much beauty where a dawn sun crests over the mountains and you find startle in a garden glade entombed in the moorlands.
This is a collection that casts new light to magic and dragons in the exquisiteness of a world that’s also shadowy and culminates in time travel to the Australian present in Gallipoli.
As a reader, you must teach yourself to read the work like a collection and be content with the conciseness and immediacy of each occurrence, rather than hunt detail to unravel the suspense as you might in a novel.
Five Dragons is a beautifully packaged book whose five stories, strange to say— for a collection, set up the reader for a hankered sequel.'
— Eugen Bacon - Reviewer for Aurealis Magazine #126