The English word 'Dragon' is descended from the Greek 'Drakon', or serpent, and 'Draconta', or 'to see'. It is fitting in homage to the great mythological beasts, that many of them meet their end by being blinded.
Heroika takes us on a journey through time and through the minds of 17 authors, all of whom have created a story in which the dragon, sometimes an ally, other times a foe, is seen as formidable and mighty.
I did enjoy the anthology and found it showcased the skills of the authors who work with Janet Morris perfectly, offering up bite sized chunks and definitely leaving a desire for more of their works.
Though all were fantastic, with something to appeal to everyone, my personal favourites (though no surprise to anyone who knows me) would have to be SE Lindberg's Legacy of the Great Dragon, which is about Thoth and Poimandres, and Travis Ludvigson’s Night Stalkers, which features Charlemagne and Roland. Both of these stories offer unique twists on well known mythological figures.
Aquila of Oyos by Walter Rhein was refreshing in that it offered the point of view of the Dragon, rather than the humans (which are often just as monstrous, if not more).
I will also add that I enjoyed Red Rain, by Will Hiles, even though tales set in more modern history (last 300 years or so) and futuristic stories are not my usual read