Ingredients of a Cauldron is an anthology of short stories by author Shannon Mayer. Some are fantastical, while others are downright frightening.
The small book consists of eight short stories, two of which are excerpts of books in progress:
Killer Cookie (short story)
The Sea of Sorrowing Souls (short story)
Cursed (short story)
The Chronicles of Sin: Gluttony (excerpt)
Loss (short story)
Nocturnaphobia (short story)
The Haunts of Arrowsmith (short story)
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The first story, Killer Cookie, is quite short, but gets the point across in a swift kick of action.
In The Sea of Sorrowing Souls, a fantasy is displayed before us right in the midst of the action as Kiara struggles to stay atop her dragon Gaige as they attempt to destroy a demon.
Cursed, an intriguing tale of half-demons and a woman whose family curse keeps her from being with the one she loves, so she’s bound and determined to find a way to break the curse.
We get five preview chapters Priceless to enjoy; about a woman who tracks lost children, stolen by a black Coven for sacrifice to demons.
The Chronicles of Sin: Gluttony is by far my favorite of this lot, though I absolutely love Priceless as well, but only because I’ve read the entire book. Chronicles is about exactly what the title states, but so much more. A five-chapter preview is offered of this as well, and it is definitely one compelling story. I don’t even want to ruin the slightest bit for you.
Loss is short and beautiful, making me cry with its sad tale.
Nocturnaphobia had me listening to the night, turning in my chair to look behind me, and will likely haunt my dreams. Thank you, Shannon.
The Haunts of Arrowsmith gave me the Devil’s Tower feeling and is definitely worth the read.
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Shannon Mayer, author of the Zombie-ish trilogy, is very good at detail, though the anthology could have used a bit of editing. The lack of editing, however, does not deter the reader from the stories. The detail will pull you in and hold you until the story decides to let you go.
If you’re looking for a quick read with different types of stories, this is a great book to pick up.
You can pick up Ingredients of a Cauldron on Amazon, and you can find the author at the links below: