Once there was unlimited magic, but reckless magicians have used up the "mana", the power behind the magic. Larry Niven opens his world to the storytelling talents of Poul Anderson, Steven Barnes, Mildred Downey Broxon, and Dean Ing with stories that tap the hidden reserves of mana and uncover the forgotten places of power.
©1981 Larry Niven, Fred Saberhagen, Dean Ing, Steven Barnes, Poul Anderson & Mildred Downey Broxon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Niven has several excellent books/series. This is not one of them. It appears to be a series of short stories, some may have been written in an attempt to give the "book" some form of continuity. Would call this an "airport" book. If you have to kill some time sitting in the airport or in a plane and this book is the only interesting thing to be found in the terminal store......
I remember this book sitting on my bookshelf for many years. It was never re-read. Now I remember why.
"Sofia the first?"
An anthology of mixed quality. The highlights here are "... but fear itself" and "Strength" almost opposites to each other but with a key theme in one the main thread, in the other hidden.
The surprise within is "Manaspill" a jumpy story without a common pace, but for anyone with children that watch Sofia the First (a Disney show) some surprising similarities for a story written 30 years before the show was created, let's just say a boy from a village gets a magical stone, can then speak to animals and the king has eyes on his mother and let's not mention the evil inept magician...
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