My only complaint about Modesitt is that he only seems to put out one book a year. I have reviews roughly 30 of his books and have yet to find one that I didn't enjoy. I have frequently noted that I am not a fan of short stories. (Which is ironic as I am working on a collection of short stories of my own.) I made an exception and as always with Modesitt, I am glad I did. The stories were like dropping in for a visit with an old friend.
Reviewing a book of short stories is always cumbersome. You can't review each story or you will bore your own readers to death. Modesitt had a paragraph prior to each story that gave an idea of why he wrote that particular story. It added a nice touch to good stories.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.