Hall of Heroes Review
I have been on a three-day adventure, reading the 27 tales in this anthology based on enchanting worlds and incredible characters you will care about long after you finish the stories. I only hope I can do justice to the authors in my Hall of Heroes review. I found the writing to be well-edited, clean, strong, and professional. This 419-page collection will delight you from beginning to end.
All of the stories will satisfy your love of fantasy and the wonderful creatures we have grown to love. You’ll find jealous Kings and slaves who bend (to a point) under an iron rule. From the deadly Minotaur to the Merfolk, your reading nook will be catapulted into enchantment from beginning to end. There are Magicians and monsters, mechanical dolls, and creatures who live in mountains, valleys, and forests. Are you sure there aren’t some near your house?
You’ll find yourself cheering for the heroes as they thwart the monsters intent on snatching our children. Perhaps you’ll decide you also want to be gifted in one of the seven magic schools. Would you become a Destroyer, Shapeshifter, Conjurer, Minder, Seeker, Guardian, or Healer? The choice may or may not be yours!
The imaginations of the authors will thrill you as you encounter dolls who seem alive and water sprites that can’t exist, can they? I found the depths and complexities of the short stories were intriguing, making it truly a jewel you won’t want to put down.
The best part? Each story was vastly different from the ones before, and I was able to sample the writing styles of fantasy authors I hadn’t previously read.
Hall of Heroes: Alancia’s Dance by H.L. Burke:
Hall of Heroes: The Hero Feat of Hannah Helstrom by J. Philip Horne
What makes a hero? Five-year-old Hannah Helstrom’s powers are weak, but her heart is strong. In fact, fierce determination might be her greatest attribute, but will that be enough to save a child’s life?
“I had a single talent. Hannah Helstrom, the one-hit wonder. I could heal myself, or, as Sevens would say, I could reggie. Nothing else. That pretty much made me the worst superhero in the Guild of Sevens.”
I delighted in this story as everything in my being kept urging Hannah on. Surely the magical power of being able to heal yourself, or “reggie,” is a talent any superhero would want to master!
Hall of Heroes: In Plain Sight by Arthur Daigle
Monsters wear many faces. The Great Zamphini has many talents, but he’s no soldier. With most of the men away fighting a war, who will protect the citizens left behind?
The Great Zamphini might be overlooked because he weighs three hundred pounds, and dresses in bright red robes, but his talent for creating animated objects has no equal!
Hall of Heroes: Finn MacRorie and the River Dragon by Katy Huth Jones
Hall of Heroes: Little Victories by Karin DeHavin
After her father dies, Shea becomes a teenage hero-in-training for stray and injured animals. When she runs into the woods after the dog terrorizing her small town, she has to choose whether to continue her chase – or to save a water sprite she doesn’t even believe in.
Every town has a Rascal who escapes detection, but do they have someone like Sheriff Clark who knows how important it is to inspire the kids who may not find support otherwise?
Hall of Heroes: And Only the Eyes of Children by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
When a young girl disappears on the city streets, the police can’t act fast enough to save her. But maybe a half-Fae, charged by the Queen can.
Every parent’s nightmare is a missing child. You’ll find yourself holding your breath as this tale unfolds. How many kids are involved?
Hall of Heroes: The Demon Monkeys by A. R. Silverberry
Little Scamp has no shoes. In the dead of winter, her footwear consists of scraps of cloth and her toes are sticking out. Will the wizard find a way to help her?
Hall of Heroes: Superhero Publicist by Janeen Ippolito
Dodging deadly fireballs and lethal lightning rays are part of the job for superhero and supervillain publicist Cassandra Robinson. But when a supervillain announces he’s switching sides for religious reasons, all of her marketing skills might not be enough to salvage this wannabe hero’s image.
If you’ve ever been in a job that involves marketing, you’ll understand why Miss Robinson didn’t enjoy being thrown a curve ball. But, when you represent both good and evil, things can get – well, complicated.
Hall of Heroes: Sweet Basil by Lea Doue’
Hiding from sorcerer hunters, Marisol travels in search of those she can help with her dangerous gift of healing. With every life she saves comes the risk of being discovered, but only if her secret doesn’t destroy her first. One thing Marisol knows for sure: dragons don’t necessarily like sorcery.
Hall of Heroes: Darkness Follows the Light by David Millican
Fourteen-year-old school dropout Angelique is determined to make something of her life to have a future. When horrible child-stealing monsters put that life in jeopardy, her resolve is pushed to the limits. Now the future doesn’t matter. All that matters is, can she survive the night…
What are the things trying to get in Jahnvi’s window? Are you brave enough to find out?
Hall of Heroes: Presenting… The Steampendous Adventures of Josiah U. Bear and the Rubber Barons by D. W. Frauenfelder
Brawler. Air racer. Spy. Josiah U. Bear is all that and a gentlebear besides, but he’ll soon face his most dangerous mission yet. The Anvorians have a new weapon, and it’s up to Josiah to stop them and save bearkind.
Hall of Heroes: River’s Edge Ransom by Julie C. Gilbert
Daniel Saveron races to River’s Edge to stop a Destroyer plaguing the village with a deadly disease. Those who gave him the contract were adamant about the woman’s guilt. They also lied. Breaking the contract means killing his career, but keeping it means murdering an innocent.
If you could choose, which of the seven magic schools would you want to acquire: Destroyer, Shapeshifter, Conjurer, Minder, Seeker, Guardian, or Healer?
Hall of Heroes: The Love Talker by Deanna Fugett
Teagan’s insane mother has always cautioned against a faerie who seduces women and leaves them to die. When a handsome stranger enters the town, Teagan must decide if she’ll chase after him or heed her mother’s warning. But then the stranger disappears with her sister, and Teagan must save her before the Love Talker Strikes.
When a girl is rather plain, it’s easy for a smooth-talking stranger to steal her heart… No one else wants it!
Hall of Heroes: Gem by RJ Conte
Eleven years ago, Gem was born and fated to save the world. Only he has the power to stop the planet-crushing forces threatening Topha. But to do so might kill him. Soleil Pumicello was the youngest female ever to achieve the security clearance necessary to work for Tuson. Would she be strong enough to help Gemini save the world or would his ability to read her thoughts distract him with catastrophic results for everyone?
Hall of Heroes: Leticia’s Song by Jessica L. Elliott
When a song is a memory, it can be powerful!
Hall of Heroes: The Wooden Ruler by David Millican
Mistake or miracle? The Wooden Ruler is a unique toy gnome, in every sense of the word. Tired of captivity, he has great plans to escape and free his people. The humans are blissfully unaware of the trouble brewing, but his schemes will change all that…if his luck holds.
As the mother of two sons, I adored this story! I can picture my boys lining up their toy soldiers to lead a massive rebellion!
Hall of Heroes: The Tale of Sir Ronan of Camelot by Frank B. Luke
Ronan wants to be a knight, but he’s from the wrong family. The Devil offers Ronan the chance to make his dreams come true, but what will it cost him and the kingdom?
What would you do if the Devil offered you a place at the table in Camelot?
Hall of Heroes: A Fiery Gift by A. J. Bakke
“As she came closer to a river of lava, movement caught her attention.”
Hall of Heroes: The Hero of Emoh: A Parent’s Fairytale by Sarah Ashwood
A prophesied new arrival brings great joy, but also great destruction, to the peaceful kingdom of Emoh. Her tiny hands wreak havoc. Her screams cause panic throughout the castle. The King and Queen’s only hope lies in a Hero promised to tame the wild magic. But who could it be, and will the kingdom of Emoh survive long enough for the Hero of the second prophecy to rise?
“Once upon a time, there was a sweet little kingdom, a kingdom called Emoh. Emoh was a peaceful land, whose society was built on love…”
Hall of Heroes: Sacrifice to the Iara by H. L. Burke
How could one young boy save his sister from being the sacrifice to the Iara, when the villagers cowered in her presence?
Hall of Heroes: Charla Visits Earth by Dianne Astle
Facing expulsion from hero school, Charla slips through a portal and comes to Earth. Ben tries to help her, but what does a mermaid know of our modern world?
“Ben stared over the waves at someone he knew well. It was Charla. He couldn’t imagine what she was doing on Earth, but with Charla you never knew. The mermaid was a wild card…”
Hall of Heroes: Cry of the Cave Lion by E. Kaiser Writes
Death stalks the village. A hunting party must face their fears as well as a fierce foe in order to protect their home. But what can inexperienced men do against a legendary beast?
“I had scars, true, but they were from stick fighting as a child. If Be’gorn had no reason for fear, then neither ought I. But it lived in me, and Be’gorn’s heedless bravery burned my eyes with the reminder.”
Hall of Heroes: Save The Day by Page Zaplendam
Jenny, a social outcast, and mediocre hero must team up with a friend and put aside her doubts to save her nemesis from an awful fate.
Could you bring yourself to risk everything to save the one person who makes your life miserable?
Hall of Heroes: Boy Of Sand and Sky by Laura Mathias Bendoly
Is he gifted or cursed? A series of strange events revolve around Gabriel. The villagers in his hometown don’t seem keen on making much of a distinction between the two.
“His mother knew immediately the child was special.
Unlike his broad-shouldered brothers, Gabriel was a spindly child with greenish skin like the bronze St Christopher that stood in the village fountain.”
Hall of Heroes: Teamwork by Laura Van-Arendonk Baugh
When will the evil-doers remember that ‘Man’s Best Friend’ will do anything to protect us?
Hall of Heroes: The Ungifted Twin by Tamie Dearen
Life’s not fair. Deria’s twin brother has two awesome powers, but she has none. How can she hope to protect her family against an enemy sworn to destroy them?
“Her throat tightened, and tears stung her eyes. Her minor giftings with animals and direction would provide little help to her family and her clan. She must be the only person in the entire territory who hadn’t manifested at least one major gift during the seventeenth year.”
Hall of Heroes: Not Quite a Hero by Arthur Daigle
It was a delightful experience to discover new authors and read these fabulous stories. You can learn more about these authors and others at: