By Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin
Myth lovers, have a good time! Seven years after author and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing historical past with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of unique brief novels by way of a few of the maximum writers in fable fiction, the long-awaited moment quantity is right here. Legends II choices up the place its illustrious predecessor left off. all the bestselling writers represented in Legends II go back to the designated universe of the mind's eye that its writer has made recognized in the course of the global. even if set sooner than or after occasions already stated in other places, even if that includes liked characters or compelling new creations, those masterful brief novels are either enthralling stand-alones—perfect introductions to the paintings in their authors—and necessary additions to the epics on which they're dependent. past any doubt, Legends II is the myth occasion of the season.
ROBIN HOBB returns to the area of the Elderlings with “Homecoming,” a robust story within which exiles despatched to colonize the Cursed seashores locate themselves sinking into an intoxicating yet lethal dream . . . or is it a memory?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN maintains the adventures of Dunk, a tender hedge knight, and his strange squire, Egg, in “The Sworn Sword,” set a iteration earlier than the occasions in A tune of Ice and Fire.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a story of Alvin Maker and the strong Mississippi, that includes a number of ne’er-do-wells named Jim Bowie and Abe Lincoln, in “The Yazoo Queen.”
DIANE GABALDON turns to a major personality from her Outlander saga—Lord John Grey—in “Lord John and the Succubus,” a supernatural mystery set within the early days of the Seven Years War.
ROBERT SILVERBERG spins a charming story of Majipoor’s early history—and distant future—as noticeable during the eyes of a dilettantish poet who discovers an unforeseen future in “The ebook of Changes.”
TAD WILLIAMS explores the unusual afterlife of Orlando Gardiner, from his Otherland saga, in “The Happiest useless Boy within the World.”
ANNE McCAFFREY shines a mild into the main mysterious and wondrous of all locations on Pern within the heartwarming “Beyond Between.”
RAYMOND E. FEIST turns from the nice battles of the Riftwar to the tale of 1 soldier, a tender guy approximately to embark at the trip of his existence, in “The Messenger.”
ELIZABETH HAYDON tells of the destruction of Serendair and the destiny of its final defenders in “Threshold,” set on the finish of the 3rd Age of her Symphony of a while series.
NEIL GAIMAN supplies us a glimpse into what befalls the guy referred to as Shadow after the occasions of his Hugo Award–winning novel American Gods in “The Monarch of the Glen.”
TERRY BROOKS provides an exhilarating epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara in “Indomitable,” the story of Jair Ohmsford’s determined quest to accomplish the destruction of the evil Ildatch . . . armed in simple terms with the magic of phantasm.
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Ser Lucas,” used to be all she acknowledged. The Longinch made a gesture, the crossbowmen dismounted, winched again their bowstrings with the aid of hook and stirrup, and plucked quarrels from their quivers. “Now, ser,” her ladyship referred to as out, whilst each bow used to be nocked and raised and prepared, “what used to be it you forbade me? ” Dunk had heard adequate. “If you move the movement with no go away, you're breaking the king’s peace. ” Septon Sefton advised his horse ahead a step. “The king will neither understand nor care,” he referred to as. “We are all of the Mother’s kids, ser. For her sake, stand apart. ” Dunk frowned. “I don’t understand a lot of gods, septon . . . yet aren’t we the Warrior’s young ones, too? ” He rubbed the again of his neck. “If you are trying to go, I’ll cease you. ” Ser Lucas the Longinch laughed. “Here’s a hedge knight who yearns to be a hedgehog, my lady,” he acknowledged to the crimson Widow. “Say the be aware, and we’ll placed a dozen quarrels in him. At this distance they'll punch via that armor love it used to be made from spit. ” “No. now not but, ser. ” girl Rohanne studied him from around the circulation. “You are males and a boy. we're three-and-thirty. How do you plan to prevent us crossing? ” “Well,” stated Dunk, “I’ll inform you. yet merely you. ” “As you need. ” She pressed her heels into her horse and rode her out into the movement. whilst the water reached the mare’s stomach, she halted, ready. “Here i'm. Come nearer, ser. I promise to not stitch you in a sack. ” Ser Eustace grasped Dunk by means of the arm prior to he may reply. “Go to her,” the outdated knight acknowledged, “but be mindful the Little Lion. ” “As you are saying, m’lord. ” Dunk walked Thunder down into the water. He drew up beside her and acknowledged, “M’lady. ” “Ser Duncan. ” She reached up and laid palms on his swollen lip. “Did I do that, ser? ” “No one else has slapped my face of overdue, m’lady. ” “That was once undesirable of me. A breach of hospitality. the nice septon has been scolding me. ” She gazed around the water at Ser Eustace. “I scarce take into accout Addam any more. It used to be greater than part my existence in the past. I keep in mind that I enjoyed him, even though. i have never enjoyed any of the others. ” “His father placed him within the blackberries, along with his brothers,” Dunk acknowledged. “He was once keen on blackberries. ” “I have in mind. He used to choose them for me, and we’d devour them in a bowl of cream. ” “The king pardoned the previous guy for Daemon,” stated Dunk. “It is prior time you pardoned him for Addam. ” “Give me Bennis, and I’ll examine that. ” “Bennis isn't mine to offer. ” She sighed. “I may as lief no longer need to kill you. ” “I could as lief now not die. ” “Then supply me Bennis. We’ll reduce his nostril off and hand him again, and that might be the top of that. ” “It won’t, though,” Dunk stated. “There’s nonetheless the dam to accommodate, and the hearth. Will you supply us the boys who set it? ” “There have been lantern insects in that wood,” she acknowledged. “It might be they set the hearth off, with their little lanterns. ” “No extra teasing now, m’lady,” Dunk warned her. “This is not any time for it. Tear down the dam, and permit Ser Eustace have the water to make up for the wooden. That’s reasonable, is it now not? ” “It may be, if I had burned the wooden.