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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
Mythical Doorways: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology is a collection of eleven short fantasy stories written by The Fellowship of Fantasy authors, H.L. Burke, Lauren Lynch et al. I enjoyed the stories in this collection which are all different yet share the same theme of magical doorways that lead to adventure. This anthology delves into many fantasy sub-genres so the reader is sure to find something they like. I found stories in genres I don’t usually read to be very engaging. There are stories about heroes and heroines, coming of age, friendship and courage.
Though the entire book is quite enjoyable I loved some tales more than others. My favorite was Well of Fate by Savannah Jezowski. Ratatosk is a storyteller who dreams of becoming a hero. He embarks on a journey to change his life. The big-hearted squirrel ends up fulfilling his dream after a series of funny and often dangerous trials. I love animal stories and Norse mythology. Lovers of stories with sentient animals will also enjoy Cosmic Cravings by A.J. Bakke.
Another favorite of mine was Door Number Four by Bokerah Brumley which reminded me of the Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter spin-off. The story is very engaging and made me want the young man to succeed in his final exam. The Hallway of Three Doors by D.G. Driver makes up the last book in my top three. Seta has lived a life filled with mistakes and is hated by practically everyone she knows. Then she finds three doors that offer her a chance to make things right.
As we all share different tastes in literature, I’m certain there are mythical doorways for everyone. I really enjoyed these stories and will be looking into these authors' other works.