Elemental Magic (2012) is a Fantasy anthology in the Elemental Masters universe. It contains an introduction and fifteen original stories.
- "Introduction" by Mercedes Lackey tells of the delay of her annual Valdemar anthology because of this work. Somehow the next Valdemar anthology was announced on Amazon for 12/12/04. Hopefully it is already being put together for later release.
- "A Song of the Sea" by Diana L. Paxson features the parents of the first elemental philosopher.
- "The Fire Within Him" by Samuel Conway exposes the treachery of air elementals.
- "Makans" by Fionna Patton follows a young Hawaiian boy chosen for a crucial task.
- "War to the Knife" by Rosemary Edghill sends an Englishman into Spain looking for a deadly mage.
- "Stones and Feathers" by Elizabeth A. Vaughan brings an English sergeant to the Tower of London.
- "Fire's Children" by Elizabeth Waters frustrates a boy who is the son and twin of Fire Mages.
- "For the Sake of Clarity" by Cedric Johnson gives a weak Earth Magician a push in the right direction.
- "To Ride the River Home" by Dayle A Dermatis discloses a plot against a young Water Mage.
- "The Phoenix of Mulberry Street" by Michele Lang reveals an arson conspiracy to a young Fire Mage reporter.
- "Air of Mystery" by Jody Lynn Nye leads a young perfumier into a plot by a golddigger.
- "A Flower Grows in Whitechapel" by Gail Sanders & Michael Z. Williamson foils an attempt to kill the King.
- "Tha Thu Ann" by Tanya Huff takes a young psychic to the New World.
- "The Collector" by Ron Collins traps a disabled black Rough Rider veteran in a wicked situation.
- "Queen of the Mountain" by Kristen Schwengel divulges a scheme against a young Fire Mage.
- "I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing" by Mercedes Lackey relates some Water Mage problems in a Maine fishing town.
These tales have a wider scope than the author's Elemental Masters novels. The first one takes place in classical Greece, but none occur later than 1919 AD. Most occur in Britain or the USA, but several are located in Western Europe or Greece and two happen in Hawaii.
Elemental Mages are found in each story, but some present other forms of magic. Two of the stories include psychics who can see and hear the dead. Sometimes Elemental Mages ignore other forms of magic.
Highly recommended for Lackey fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of elemental magic, evil sorcery, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
Among Mercedes Lackey’s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those about the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Now other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner...