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Young Warriors: Stories of Strength

de Tamora Pierce (Editor), Josepha Sherman (Editor)

Outros autores: Holly Black (Contribuinte), Doranna Durgin (Contribuinte), India Edghill (Contribuinte), Rosemary Edghill (Contribuinte), Esther Friesner (Contribuinte)13 mais, Laura Anne Gilman (Contribuinte), Brent Hartinger (Contribuinte), Janis Ian (Contribuinte), Margaret Mahy (Contribuinte), Lesley McBain (Contribuinte), Tamora Pierce (Introdução), Tamora Pierce (Contribuinte), Mike Resnick (Contribuinte), Bruce Holland Rogers (Contribuinte), Pamela F. Service (Contribuinte), Josepha Sherman (Posfácio), Jan Stirling (Contribuinte), S. M. Stirling (Contribuinte)

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Fifteen original short stories by various authors relate the exploits of teenage warriors who defeat their enemies with cunning and skill as they strive to fulfill their destinies.
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Eh. No bad stories, but none that excited me, either. The best was one I know well, Tamora Pierce's "Student of Ostriches". There were a couple others I enjoyed somewhat, like "Serpent's Rock", but none that wowed me, and several that annoyed me, like "The Boy who Cried 'Dragon!'". Silly take on a silly story. Glad I read it, I doubt I'll reread. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 8, 2018 |
Much more creative and better written than Hunger Games, but should appeal to fans of that bloated tripe. (sorry, can't stop ranting on that) The description of this anthology is spot-on. I'm sure you and I would disagree about which stories are the best, but I'm also sure you'd find merit in all. I truly loved them. I loved, especially, that the teens showed all sorts of kinds of courage in all sorts of situations - and that at least half of them were girls.

I'm familiar with many of the authors and fans of most of those. One of my favorite stories is 'Devil Wind' - just a gem of sacrifice and sorcery - and I do hope the new-to-me author, [a:India Edghill|66268|India Edghill|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1279606889p2/66268.jpg], has written other books that I can access.

What I find most interesting is that I'm not generally a fan of fantasy, and there were a lot of swords & magic in here... and I'm not generally a fan of conflict, but this is about warriors. Well, the thing is, these stories about so much more than battles. They're about choices & consequences, courage & cunning, sacrifice & love. I want to give it 5 stars, but I'm afraid you might not believe me, thinking I'm in collusion with one of the authors or something. So, let's call it 4.5 stars, because maybe then you can believe I just plain loved this book.

Btw, my copy, a bookcrossed hardcover wants to be read by one of you. Iow, I'd be delighted to ship it free to any US member. PM me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A collection of stories about warriors coming into their own. As is generally the case with collections, it's a mixed bag, though with more good than bad. The bad:
"The Magestone" by SM and Jan Stirling. The writing isn't great, but the story (about a n00b sailor who tries to help free a mermaid shaman) makes no sense, either in terms of plot or character.
"The Boy Who Cried 'Dragon!'" by Mike Resnick. Tried too hard to be funny and utterly failed.
"Hidden Warriors" by Margaret Mahy. The dialog is so, so stilted and terrible.
Rosemary Edghill's "An Axe for Men" puzzled me. A flood destroys the city of a matriarchal society. As the people journey into the wilderness, one of the young priestesses starts having visions of a new god. And so she takes the power away from the priestesses who worship a goddess in favor of a god. It's all very gender essentialist and framed in such a way that all the women (except the rebelling priestess main character) are presented as foolish and lazy, while all the men are either emasculated or Manly Hunting Men Who are Manly. Apparently men need to be in charge if you want to survive the wilderness?


I liked "Heartless" by Holly Black, despite the fact that it feels like a novella or novel compacted and edited into a short story. If this were a novel, I would have loved it. As it is, the bones of the plot, the characters, and the language are good enough to make it an enjoyable short story. Tamora Pierce helped edit this collection, and also wrote "Student of Ostriches," which I quite enjoyed as well. Pierce is known for writing the quintessential "young female warriors proving their worth ye olde society" stories, but her quality has fallen off in the last decade. This story, set in Alanna's world but far away, in a desert filled with ostriches and camels, injects fresh energy and flavor to a tired formula.


I loved "Thunderbolt," by Esther Friesner. Theseus marries Helen, a princess of Sparta. But Helen refuses to pretend her beauty is all she is. Her sarcastic inner voice is a fabulous narration for her badass actions. The story is good enough that I'm going to make a point to find Friesner's other works.

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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A mixed bag of short stories. There are some very strong stories in here, and others I ended up skimming from boredom. Hence the 3. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Mar 31, 2013 |
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.

This is a book of short stories edited by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman. It has a nice variety of authors. My usual policy of short stories is that I don't like them, except for finding new authors whose longer works I might enjoy.

'The Gift of Rain Mountain' has a traditional tempter and a traditional ending in my opinion. Although the young warrior thinks he wanted what is best for his community, his efforts leave him lacking. It's hard to say more about it without giving the story away, but the story itself feels very familiar. Nothing too exciting here in terms of narration or characterisation, although it's not badly written.

'The Magestone' lacks a little in my opinion. I didn't feel attracted to either character (the boy or the mermaid), and the plot with the mermaid unable to go on land - well it just made me think of Ariel! There was no real threat, it felt like the rival tribe members were too easily dealt with.

'Eli and the Dybbuk' is a slightly strange tale. With both elements of fantasy (the dybbuk spirit) and real life (Eli is Jewish) it is a good mix. It has lovely suspense, and a tight storyline. It feels more complete than the first two stories, with a proper lifetime tale. Eli is a well-fleshed out character, and the inclusion of a riddle does it for me!

'Heartless' is another well written story. At first it isn't obvious what is going on with Ada, and then suddenly the reader has a lightbulb moment! What isn't clear to me is why the bone was enchanted in the first place. It doesn't seem like the right thing to do at all. Ah well. I can see potential for this concept being extended further. I'm not sure that it really fits in with the theme of young warriors, as the protagonist isn't a young warrior, she is only dealing with one. The language and rhythm of this one is a little disjointed, but I think it reflects the character of Ada well.

'Lioness' is misleading. Those that are familiar with Pierce's other works will probably be hoping for a short tale about the Lioness. But this short story is by another author, and is very different. Similarly to 'The Gift of Rain Mountain', the author draws on history for making her story. It's enjoyable with the strong female protagonist.

'Thunderbolt' is a creative take on Helen of Troy's capture. Raised Spartan, Helen's as warlike as the men, and not willing to back down when she is stolen. It's good to see her standing up for herself for once! A well-executed rewrite of an old legend packed with action.

'Devil Wind' has to be one of my favourites. It has just a hint of magic and the wild, and at the same time rings of truth. The author has included true parts of rich Indian history, and it really appeals to me. The ending is a surprise, but it is fitting. There are things that the author could have done more with, but for a short story it is good. It reminds me a little of a Mercedes Lackey novel I read (I think The Wizard of London)

'The Boy Who Cried 'Dragon'' is a let down. It belongs in a collection of stories for very young readers - just because the dragon and the knight have teenage problems, it doesn't make the story any more engaging. I wasn't convinced that this was where the story of 'The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf'' came from either. The style isn't bad, but the content! Hopeless.

'Student of Ostriches' is good. I have to say, I generally didn't look at the author of each story so that I could give an unbiased opinion of the story on its own merits. I liked this one from the start, and then realised it was the Tamora Pierce offering of the collection! So no wonder I enjoyed it. It's nice to have some more information about Shang training, although I would have liked more details of how each kick/punch exactly translated from an animal source.

'Serpent's Rock' is initially hard to get into. It reminds me of an Aboriginal story song, and so I'm not very fond of it. I would have liked more details - but of course a short story is very limited. The ending wasn't as satisfying as I desired either, he still could die and the tale be left untold.

'Hidden Warriors' has an interesting concept but I feel that it is poorly executed. I didn't like the style of this author at all, finding it somewhat confusing. I'm a sucker for a woman dressed as a man, but in this case it couldn't work for me.

"Emerging Legacy' is fast paced with a well fleshed out female protagonist. The novel concept of hunting packs in the trees and mountains was an exciting one, as was the unexpected slavers. I didn't really understand where her clumsiness had come from though. As a young warrior however, she fits the bill. I think I would be willing to seek out more of this author's work in fact!

'An Axe for Men' is an enjoyable read. The style is initially a little stilted, but you start to feel with the characters and it's good. I found the storyline predictable, but it's bound to happen with me reading so many books. Take a chance and try it!

'Acts of Faith' mixes the Sight with Jewish and Christian faiths. Although I didn't know that the Sight involves magic too, apparently it does! An interesting take on Ireland's history for being neutral during the Nazi driven war.

'Swords That Talk' reminds me a little of Need in one of Mercedes Lackey's novels (The Oathbound perhaps?). Except that this story isn't really about the sword at all. The concept was again a familiar one, nothing too exciting here, but it was relatively well executed.

I bought this book from a specials table for $5 at my partner's old work! The advantages of having someone who works at a bookshop. I can understand why it was discounted though, as I don't think this is really a stand out collection of stories, although a couple are good. Worth collecting if there is a particular author that you love and want more of though. ( )
  Rosemarie.Herbert | Feb 26, 2013 |
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Nome do autorFunçãoTipo de autorObra?Status
Pierce, TamoraEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Sherman, JosephaEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Black, HollyContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Durgin, DorannaContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Edghill, IndiaContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Edghill, RosemaryContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Friesner, EstherContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gilman, Laura AnneContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Hartinger, BrentContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Ian, JanisContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Mahy, MargaretContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
McBain, LesleyContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Pierce, TamoraIntroduçãoautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Pierce, TamoraContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Resnick, MikeContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Rogers, Bruce HollandContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Service, Pamela F.Contribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Sherman, JosephaPosfácioautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Stirling, JanContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Stirling, S. M.Contribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Demski, EricArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gerardi, JanDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Tenneson, JoyceArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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