Monday, September 30, 2019

Review of Janelle Garrett's The Underground: A Strange Waters Anthology Story


*throws pebbles at your window*

Pssst. I know today is Monday and I don't generally post on Mondays, but I have something special to tell you about today.

As you hopefully know, the Strange Waters anthology is releasing on October 19th. With it comes 9 short stories from each Phoenix Fiction Writer. We have everything from space wizards to dragons to underwater civilizations to children with backpacks.

Today I'm here to tell you about the story with dragons because, well, dragons are awesome.

And so is Janelle Garrett, author of said dragon-ish story.

The Underground is a fantasy short story full of amazing world-building, great characters, and a mysterious, semi-spooky setting:


What if everything you believed was actually true? 
His whole life, Kef has been told he is too idealistic. His older sister, Hiya, insists the Deep is a lost memory. It disappeared from the Raized Domains centuries ago. Kef wants to believe the Domains haven’t been abandoned, but everything points to the contrary. Their parents mysteriously vanished. People keep turning up dead or missing. And then, Hiya is taken by the feared Dragons.

Kef will stop at nothing to rescue her, including traversing to the Underground itself to take on the Dragons. What he finds there will change the whole sphere: but will he be too late to rescue Hiya?
Now, Janelle Garrett is not your average fantasy author, so her dragons are not your average dragons. They are a highly-intelligent civilization. Also, they camouflage themselves in a really creepy way (no spoilers).

Yup. This story is a wild ride.

I honestly can't decide what portion of The Underground was my favorite. The story is told from two points of view: one point of view is first person, and the other point of view is in third person. I don't think I’ve ever read anything like that before. It was really well done and completely fascinating.

Beyond the complete and utter uniqueness of the story, The Underground gives readers a lot to think about. Garrett takes on themes of faith and doubt in a very clever, subtle way and I am 100% there for it.

Basically: This story is awesome and I can't wait for you to read it. It will appear in the Strange Waters anthology releasing on October 19th, alongside stories by Beth Wangler, C. Scott Frank, E.B. Dawson, J.E. Purrazzi, Kyle Robert Shultz, K.L.+Pierce, Nate Philbrick, and yours truly. 

You can (and should) pre-order the ebook on Kobo and Barnes and Noble. It will be available for purchase on Amazon on October 19th.

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