Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's Gods' Will was published in the anthology Barbarian Crowns and Gates of Abyss was published in the anthology Devil’s Armory. Both anthologies were published by Horrified Press/Barbwire Butterfly Books in 2015.
Information about Justyna Plichta-Jendzio:
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio was born in Koszalin (Poland) in 1974, and still resides near there. Married for sixteen years, she is the mother of one son and the happy owner of two spoiled cats. Justyna was lucky to live at the crossroads of two ages, communism and capitalism. When she was fifteen, communism fell in Poland. That time allowed her to see different reality, incomprehensible for future generations. It was also the chance to touch the past and have a glimpse at the remains of nineteenth century life, which survived especially in the Eastern parts of Poland till the end of the 1980's.
Justyna's works are very strongly influenced by her interests. The range of the interest is wide. She is fond of Ancient and Medieval history. She also improves her knowledge of history of the world's two main religions and their influence in societies, global and local policy and the development of civilization. She likes to know cultures that are regarded as exotic, both present and ancient. She is fond of nature and geography. As a writer, Justyna loves to read ancient legends, myths and mysterious stories. All of this is seen in her writing.
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A REVIEW OF JUSTYNA PLICHTA-JENDZIO'S GODS' WILL AND GATES OF ABYSS
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's Gods' Will and Gates of Abyss are captivating fantasy short stories for fans of well written fantasy fiction. Gods' Will was published in the anthology Barbarian Crowns and Gates of Abyss (2015) was published in the anthology Devil’s Armory (2015).
Gods' Will and Gates of Abyss can be classified as dark fantasy, sword and sorcery and epic fantasy, because they contain elements of all three genres. Both stories are set in the author's spellbinding fantasy world of Naor.
These stories highlight Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's writing skills and demonstrate how good and talented an author she is and how well she writes fantasy stories. They're well written stories with plenty of adventure and magic.
Here's a bit of information about Gods' Will and Gates of Abyss:
- Fradvarg gets a proposition from a stranger, Veris, to accompany her to Kar-Andium. Kar-Andium has been a ghost city for a thousand years somewhere in the White Mountains. Veris has visited Kar-Andium, but she is not after the gold. She wants another treasure, the powerful black tourmaline, which is protected by spells...
Gates of Abyss:
- At the beginning, Kaliad stands on a narrow ledge on the almost-vertical wall of the huge volcanic monadnock that locals called Ognorg - the Bowels of the Abyss. It is believed that the name of the formation probably comes from the tomb of the mighty magician Gorhot who terrorised the land with his power. The magician had made a pact with the forces of evil from another world... Kaliad has been hired by Menetes to seek Tishal - a powerful item connected to the legend about the magician - to prevent it from getting into wrong hands...
Fradvarg and Kaliad are interesting protagonists, because both of them work for mysterious women who want them to do something. The author writes well about what they do and how they feel about the secrets that are revealed to them.
It's great that Veris and Menetes are mysterious characters whose identities are revealed during the story. Veris is a mystery to Fradvarg, because he doesn't know what she intends to do and isn't aware of its consequences to himself. Menetes also has her own secrets that she keeps hidden from Kaliad.
The worldbuilding is excellent, because Justyna Plichta-Jendzio has the ability to create wondrous sights and vistas with her words. Kar-Andium is a magnificent sight to behold and so is Ognorg, because the author's descriptions evoke beautiful and effective images of the different areas and locales.
I admire Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's fluent way of writing about the world of Naor. What she has created is nothing short of amazing, because she has envisioned and realised a world filled with different people, races, monsters, demons and gods whose deeds clash and interlink with each other in fascinating and unexpected ways. The world of Naor is a beautiful place, but it can also be an extremely harsh and brutal place where evil can invade the souls of men and infest them with darkness. Evil can also lure men to do certain deeds by deceiving them.
One of the reasons why Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's stories are so good is that they're fluently written stories about adventure, duty, honour, magic and dark happenings. They're compelling and gripping works of adult fantasy fiction with a dark edge to them. When you read them, you'll notice how intriguing a world the author has created and how much time and effort she has invested into making it as dynamic and vivid as possible. The world grows deeper and larger with each new story (these two stories bring plenty of additional depth to the world of Naor).
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio creates a dark and thrilling atmosphere in both stories. What makes the atmosphere especially compelling is that the author infuses her stories with legends and myths about ancient happenings. In my opinion, she is one of the few authors who feel totally at home at writing about mysterious and mythic happenings. She knows how to hook and intrigue her readers by revealing what has happened hundreds of years ago. She fluently tells about how the ancient happenings may affect those who seek lost treasures and explore exotic and strange locales.
I have to mention that Gates of Abyss features one of the best and most convincing depictions of ancient myths I've read in ages. The author writes about Gorhot and his terrifying deeds in a fascinating way.
There was something in these stories that reminded me a bit of Robert E. Howard's classic fantasy stories (Conan stories etc). They have the same kind of dark and thrilling atmosphere as Howard's stories. This is great, because only a few contemporary fantasy authors are capable of writing this kind of stories.
I sincerely hope that readers will find Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's stories, because they're wonderfully entertaining and well written fantasy stories. They're among the best fantasy stories I've ever read due to their atmosphere, interesting characters and dark happenings. They temporarily transport readers to another world where magic is real and dark and terrible things can happen to people.
Gods' Will and Gates of Abyss are stories that deserve to be read by readers who love dark and epic stories. Both of them are fine examples of captivatingly written fantasy fiction with an emphasis on adventure, secrets and ancient myths. If you haven't yet read any stories by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio, now would be a good time to do so, because both stories are entertaining and immersive in the best possible way.
These two stories are excellent, fresh and well written fantasy fiction for adults. Please, take a look at them and let yourself be hooked by their dark atmosphere and wondrous happenings.