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The Book of Swords Audiobook

The Book of Swords

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Publisher's Summary

New epic fantasy in the grand tradition - including 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. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction - and 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 best-selling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters - many of them set in their authors' best-loved worlds. Join today's 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 16 all-new stories:

  • "The Best Man Wins" by K. J. Parker
  • "Her Father's Sword" by Robin Hobb
  • "The Hidden Girl" by Ken Liu
  • "The Sword of Destiny" by Matthew Hughes
  • "'I Am a Handsome Man,' Said Apollo Crow" by Kate Elliott
  • "The Triumph of Virtue" by Walter Jon Williams
  • "The Mocking Tower" by Daniel Abraham
  • "Hrunting" by C. J. Cherryh
  • "A Long, Cold Trail" by Garth Nix
  • "When I Was a Highwayman" by Ellen Kushner
  • "The Smoke of Gold Is Glory" by Scott Lynch
  • "The Colgrid Conundrum" by Rich Larson
  • "The King's Evil" by Elizabeth Bear
  • "Waterfalling" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "The Sword Tyraste" by Cecelia Holland
  • "The Sons of the Dragon" by George R. R. Martin

And an introduction by Gardner Dozois

Readers: Arthur Morey, Julia Whelan, Mark Deakins, Ralph Lister, Kirby Heyborne, Nicholas Guy Smith, Richard Brewer, Steve West, Elliott Hill, Kim Mai Guest, Katherine Mc Ewan, and John Lee

©2017 George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, and Garth Nix (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    "Lots of people name their swords..."

    Like many of you, I bought this mainly for GRRM's input for a new story in ASoIF, but was disappointed.I was hoping for a fresh view and backstory to the origin of a family sword like Longclaw or Lightbringer, but instead was an excerpt from A World of Ice & Fire that recounted events in the Targaryen family that read like a chapter from a history book (which is fine, but not what I wanted in here).

    Such as most anthologies, the stories were hit or miss. I enjoyed the book overall, but the void in my heart for new Game of Thrones material is left empty.

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    "its mostly credits not much story."

    not enough story.To short .lists every book of each author. boring.
    I don't think I'll get another of his books.

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