Associated with life and death, disease and luck, corvids have long captured mankind's attention, showing up in mythology as the companions or manifisations of dieties, and starring in stories from Aesop to Poe and beyond.
In Corvidae birds are born of blood and pain, trickster ravens live up tp their names, magpies take human form, bluejays battle evil forces, and choughs become prisoners of war. These stories will take you to the Great War, research facilitie, frozen mountiantops, steam-powered worlds, remote forest homes, and deep into fairy tales. One thing is for certain, after reading this anthology, you'll never look the same way at the corvid outside your window.
Featuring works by Jane Yolen, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, M.L.D. Curelas, Tim Deal, Megan Engelhardt, Megan Fennell, Adria Laycraft, Kat Otis, Michael S. Pack, Sara Puls, Michael M. Rader, Mark Rapacz, Angela Slatter, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Leslie Van Zwol.
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Edited by Rhonda Parrish
Corvidae is an Anthropology by multiple authors. It's the second in Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries series. I love Reading multiple short stories based off of one single topic! So many of the authors took the subject matter to the next level! Whether the magical birds were allies in a time of need for maddening creatures who drove you crazy the worst possible time I enjoyed them all. These are five of my favorite stories in this anthropology:
Whistles and Trills by Kate Otis
Set an a time of war when humans weren't the only ones to rule the world.
“If humans knew what was good for them, they would be content to fight over earth and leave air to the corvidae, water to the leviathans, and frost to the giants.”
Morgaine find herself in an adventure while navigating during a deadly storm.
The Valravn by Megan Fennell
This is a story told from the point of view of a 14-year-old girl who has an unexpected visitor on a stormy night.
“My eyes were first drawn to his cloak. Even sodden, it was a spectacular thing, bright robin’s egg blue mottled with large silver diamonds.”
Klara will hear the story of a lifetime from this flamboyant traveler!
The Rookery of Sainte – Mere – Eglise by Tim Deal
Birgit expects this Saturday to be like any other Saturday. But the Rooks have left her a present today.
“Birgit saw the rooks chattering on a nearby oak, preening and busy on the branches. She pulled the button from her pocket and held it up.”
She went to meet her friend at their favorite meeting place when her unlikely adventure began.
The Tell-Tale Heart of Existence by Micheal M. Rader
This corvidae tale is base from Poe’s original Tale and while it takes many cues from Poe’s version it has its own spin.
“I was never kinder to the old man than in the following weeks. I matched every smile of his in kind; I laughed at every jest.”
I love Michael’s version of this tale but I won't spoil it for you!
Flying the Coop by MLD Curelas
This short story has a fun steampunk feel to it! Clockworks, Cyborgs and magic packed all into one short story!
“Jenny was mostly black and white, with streaks of blue on her wings and tail—a magpie. One of her legs was artificial, brass, by the look of it, with miniscule gears and cogs serving as joints. One eye was also clockwork.”
We follow a clever smuggler as she tries to get a stolen bird out of the city without getting caught!
It seems Rhonda Parish has an eye for beautifully written stories! Each of these stories set my imagination wild and I began to create more to each story in my head. This anthropology would be a great read for people who need inspiration or a quick retreat from the hectic world! You will find short stories and poems that will take you many different places. I'm giving this beautiful anthropology five stars. Each one of these authors and the editor were worth the follow!