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Hear Me Roar edited by Rhonda Parrish

Sixteen stories of dragons and strong women make up this entertaining anthology.

The Princess of Dragons by Aurora B C Donev: An intriguing story about potential war between unicorns and dragons.

Light chaser, dark hunter by Joseph Halden: In an intriguing world, where light is hoarded and kept for the elite, two very different women find that they have a lot in common.

I loved the mushroom people of this story. Great world building and a satisfying ending made this a winner for me, despite taking a while to get into the setting.

Defend Us in Battle by Jennifer R Donohue: Sandy gets a not very thorough induction to the family business.

Lots of family drama and secrets in this character driven tale.

Blacktooth 500 by Gwen C Katz: An exciting story about a cross country race run by dragons.

I loved this story about dragons as raving animals, breed and coddled in rookeries as horses and dogs and all domesticated animals are treated in our world.

The different attributes of the various species of dragon contributed to strong world building, I enjoyed the glimpses of the different characters taking part in the race, and the ending packed a surprisingly powerful punch.

Father Christmas, Mother Hubbard, the Dragon (and Other Collected Scenes from the End of the World) by Damascus Mincemeyer: Chia and John agree to deliver some medicine in a world where solar flares have destroyed civilization.

This story was too cute for my liking, but I could see urban fantasy fans digging the narrator’s blend of cheek and bravado.

The Naga’s Mirror by Amanda Kespohl: A woman’s life flashes before her eyes as she runs from an angry lake monster.

I couldn’t get into this story. The voice of the main character wasn’t strong enough to sustain my interest through the change of time lines from the present to her various memories. I did like the ending though.

Madam Librarian by M L D Curelas: A fun tale about a book loving dragon.

There’s not much to this tale, but I love the idea of a dragon hoarding books.

Of Dragon Genes and Pretty Girls by Jennifer Lee Rossman: An interesting mix of science fiction and astrology.

More of a vignette to me, but there’s something charming in the thought of the first thing a space ship of colonists do when they arrive on a new planet is run a race to determine the new order of zodiac animals.

Blackout by J B Riley: A surveyor of cave systems gets an unexpected reminder of her childhood while dealing with a difficult co-worker.

One of the standout stories in this anthology, Blackout is full of emotion and action. Props to Riley for such a strong tale about a brave woman and her dragon.

Ginny and the Ouroboros by Stephanie Loree: A tale of two sisters, one life and the other death.

A beautifully written, visual story that pulls on the emotions.

Red in Tooth and Maw by Laura Vanarendonk Baugh: A sick dragon poses a problem from the staff of a nature reserve.

The best story I’ve read on training and dragons as animals, this is accurate, engaging and the stand out of the anthology for me. Brava VanArendonk Baugh.

Serpent in Paradise by Megan Engelhardt: A wonderfully entertaining tale of Zinnia and Harris, Lady Monster hunters, and their vacation at an island resort.

The voice of this short story was perfect for capturing a mixture of humor and mystery. I’d love to read more about these fine ladies.

Tia Time by Kevin Cockle: An ancient entity uses math to worm its way into our reality.

A clever story that painted a compelling picture.

For the Glory of Gold by Krista D Ball: An alternative history world where dragons, trolls, and elves live among humans.

I loved this version of the world and the battle between two young dragons.

The Rise of the Dragon Blood Queen by Blake Jessop: A dragon and a princess strike up an unlikely friendship.

A beautifully told tale of friendship, grudges and stubbornness.

A Night in the Philosopher’s Cave by Candas Jane Dorsey: Two old enemies, or is that friends, exchange stories in a cave.

A well written tale with some interesting, if familiar, elements.

I award Hear Me Roar

Hear Me Roar is available for $5.30 ebook and $19.99 print book on Amazon.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Click the names below to read my reviews of other anthologies edited by Rhonda Parrish.

Short story anthology about pirate cats. Swashbuckling Cats edited by Rhonda Parrish.

Fantasy short story collection, F is for Fairy, edited by Rhonda Parrish.

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