Mercedes Lackey’s “Elemental Masters” series: Elemental Magic (anthology)


Elemental Magic (anthology) (2012)

Anthology featuring stories by Lackey and other invited authors. Mercedes Lackey’s story is “I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing”. Ms Lackey has allowed the contributors to set their stories any time in history up to 1919, from any part of the world.

The stories in this anthology are:

  • Song of the Sea, by Diana L. Paxton
  • The Fire Within Him, by Samuel Conway
  • Makana, by Fiona Patton
  • War to the Knife, by Rosemary Edghill
  • Stones and Feathers, by Elizabeth A. Vaughan
  • Fire’s Children, by Elisabeth Waters
  • For the Sake of Clarity, by Cedric Johnson
  • To Ride the River-Horse, by Dayle A. Dermatis
  • The Phoenix of Mulberry Street, by Michele Lang
  • Air of Mystery, by Jody Lynn Nye
  • A Flower Grows in Whitechapel, by Gail Sanders and Michael Z. Williamson
  • Tha Thu Ann, by Tanya Huff
  • The Collector, by Ron Williams
  • Queen of the Mountain, by Kristin Schwengel
  • I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing, by Mercedes Lackey

I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing, by Mercedes Lackey

[The title comes from T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”.]

Miriam Tayler receives a message from Jacob Harsetter, who had been a friend of her father, and travels from Boston to the fishing town of Solace, in Maine, to meet him. Jacob is an Earth Master. Miriam is an Air Magician, although not a Master, but she has the unusual ability of being able to communicate with Elementals of all the Elements.

There have been some unusual occurrences in Solace, all relating to Water: a fisherman’s net cut to ribbons, lobster pots smashed, a well going dry, a cellar flooded. And Jacob had heard the mermaids singing, and they sounded to be in pain. There may be a renegade Water Magician involved.

Because of Miriam’s special ability, Jacob hopes that she can solve the problems.


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