Descent Into Chaos
Is appearing in the
Stygian Soul Anthology
edited by Tina Morgan & Sheri McGathy
From Double Dragon
The Stygian Soul was a FINALIST for the
2006 Dream Realm Award
Torliana is an elf who seeks the ways of order.
She enters the temple of Hellavar - Lord of Order and Fire to train as a
monk in his service.
Despite four years of training, she still finds herself desperate for
acceptance in the temple and when she fails in her testing to become a
Flame Dancer she is seduced by Thynitic, The Lady of Chaos.
The Lady of Chaos uses the elf to call a chaos storm down on the
temple destroying it and all those who are there. Torliana confronts the
High Priest, Brular, whom she feels rejected her, and sends him to
Thyntic's Citadel in the abyss to be a toy for the goddess' Chaos
demons as she accepts her place and begins her own
Descent into Chaos
|CHAOS REIGNS SAGA
This story is a direct tie in to the
Chaos Reigns Saga.
For information on this series of
novels and short stories please visit
Chaos Reigns main page
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE STYGIAN SOUL AND
DESCENT INTO CHAOS
The Stygian Soul
Edited by Sheri L. McGathy and Tina Morgan
Reviewed by: Eugen M. Bacon
The Stygian Soul opens pseudo-darkly with Sheri L. McGathy's Six Steps, well written prose that sets pace for
the collection and asserts it mid-section in Coldoar. An experienced cast of writers blends snatches of humor,
horror, and literary in fantasy tales well thought, not splashed blind. The anthology is simple and natural; the
mood vagrant enough to take you places without going askance. I experienced bemusement and tragedy,
witnessed a pioneer of balance in something superior and contemplated fantasy with new eyes. Most of the
stories do not delve too deep into the complexity of terror to lose enchantment but embody an aspect that
individually stands them apart.
Worthy of mention are:
Tina Morgan's Transcendence -- a ceremony of the Choosing that both fascinates and dismays;
B. D. Faw's darky short, How Scutter Saved My Life;
Michelle Acker's Blood Debt, and a quest for power with a twist in The Price of Magic;
Lee Masterson's acceptable risk that yields far more;
Rie Sheridan's The Game of the Gods;
Carol Hightshoe's chaos duet of snapping branches, one unicorn, and a flame dancing elf.
Here is a collection of sometimes poignant; sometimes darkly humorous stories surrounding the fall (and
sometime redemption) of souls. A fascinating read! --
M. H. Bonham, award-winning author of Prophecy of Swords and host of the Sci Fi Traveling Road Show.
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