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The Blood of Four Gods and Other Stories by Jamie Lackey

posted 29 Sep 2017, 03:15 by Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books!

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Journey into a world of myth and magic, of mystery and monsters. Within these pages, you'll find: Mayan gods stalking through the cloud forest and lurking in the underworld; steam-powered golems patrolling crowded city streets; fox and fish spirits struggling with love and loss; a dragon doling out justice; a metal snake scheming for worship, and more. Jamie Lackey's debut collection contains fourteen short stories, including two never-before-seen tales, set in fantasy worlds inspired by Asian, Native American, and African myth and history. 

River Dragon’s Curse
Beyond the Reach of Moonlight
The Steam Lord's Autumn Ruby
Rekindled Dreams
The Blood of Four Gods
The Place of Fear
The Sour Thread of Doubt
Citali's Song
Quetzalcoatl's Conquistador
The Balance Between Strength and Wisdom
Jealous Idols
Of Dreaming and Destiny
The Value of Weakness

Available for pre-order through Air & Nothingness Press

4 out of 5 (very good)

The Blood of Four Gods and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Jamie Lackey, with a strong Asian/Native American theme. None of the stories are guaranteed a HAE, and in fact, I would say at least half have their own particular ending. These stories are all very vivid when you read them, which is excellent - Jamie Lackey's descriptive voice is in full flow. However, some of them are not so 'nice' to read, and so the descriptions can make you swallow slightly as you read them. Some only seem like snippets, and I would love to know more about the characters and the worlds in which they live.

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed each of these stories. With smooth pacing, well rounded characters, and with individual stories for each and every one, this is a wonderful collection of stories, sure to delight. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2006 with a degree in Creative Writing. She studied under James Gunn at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction's Writer's Workshop in 2010 and has taken various workshops with Cat Rambo. She primarily writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories. 

She has over 120 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the Stoker Award-winning After Death.... Her fiction has appeared on the Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention and Tangent Online Recommended Reading Lists, and she's a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 

Her short story collection, One Revolution, and her zombie novella, Moving Forward: A Novella of Life After Zombies, are available on Her debut novel, Left Hand Gods, is forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books.

She read submissions for the Hugo-winning Clarkesworld Magazine for five years and was an assistant editor for the Hugo-winning Electric Velocipede from 2012-2013. She served as editor for Triangulation: Lost Voices in 2015 and is currently editing Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. 

She enjoys reading, writing, tabletop role playing games, video games, baking, and hiking. Learn more about her at her website,

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