Facets of Fantasy is a collection of speculative novellas: Halogen Crossing (high fantasy/steampunk blend); Jurant (space fantasy); and The Amulet of Renari (medieval fantasy.) All the stories share the umbrella theme of two sides at war for generations. Karl (Halogen Crossing); Don (Jurant), and Stuart (Renari) each feel a certain passivity in the face of a world that hasn’t changed much in a long time and they prefer to pursue their own hobbies or remain isolated than to participate in what they view as circular politics and corrupt family leadership. But when powerful amulets and ancient religions spring back to life, each boy must rise to the challenge—with the assistance of a young lady who offers more answers than the heroes would like to admit at first. In the process hope is born, kingdoms reach their final conclusion, and with enough sacrifice, there is no mistake too great to be put to rights.
Fantasy, Epic; Short Stories and Anthologies. 238 pages. Death of a loved one and bitterness influence some of the characters.