New epic fantasy in the grand traditionâincluding a never-before-published Song of Ice and Fire story by George R. R. Martin!
Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howardâs Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcockâs Elric of MelnibonĂ©, Fritz Leiberâs Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fictionâand an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.
Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern mastersâmany of them set in their authorsâ best-loved worlds. Join todayâs finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.
FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:
âThe Best Man Winsâ by K. J. Parker
âHer Fatherâs Swordâ by Robin Hobb
âThe Hidden Girlâ by Ken Liu
âThe Sword of Destinyâ by Matthew Hughes
ââI Am a Handsome Man,â Said Apollo Crowâ by Kate Elliott
âThe Triumph of Virtueâ by Walter Jon Williams
âThe Mocking Towerâ by Daniel Abraham
âHruntingâ by C. J. Cherryh
âA Long, Cold Trailâ by Garth Nix
âWhen I Was a Highwaymanâ by Ellen Kushner
âThe Smoke of Gold Is Gloryâ by Scott Lynch
âThe Colgrid Conundrumâ by Rich Larson
âThe Kingâs Evilâ by Elizabeth Bear
âWaterfallingâ by Lavie Tidhar
âThe Sword Tyrasteâ by Cecelia Holland
âThe Sons of the Dragonâ by George R. R. Martin
And an introduction by Gardner Dozois
âWhen fine writer and expert editor [Gardner] Dozois beckons, authors deliverâand this surely will be one of the yearâs essential anthologies.ââKirkus Reviews (starred review)