Unfettered II

New Tales by Masters of Fantasy
Series: Unfettered
Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Life can kick us when we are down.

In Shawn Speakman's case, he is fighting back.

Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, Speakman beat the disease as well as the massive medical debt he amassed from its treatment. He did this by publishing Unfettered, an anthology featuring short stories donated by some of the best science fiction and fantasy writers working today.

The fight will not stop there. In an effort to pay forward the aid he received - and to memorialize his mother who passed away from stomach cancer in early 2016 - Speakman has again collaborated with celebrated genre authors to publish Unfettered II. All proceeds from the anthology will either help eliminate medical debt for other authors or be donated to cancer research hubs around the world.

Twenty original new tales comprise this amazing collection and, as the title suggests, the writers were again free to contribute whatever they wished.

Here is the lineup for Unfettered II:

  • Foreword by Terry Brooks
  • Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
  • Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
  • Rachel Caine
  • Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
  • David Farland (Runelords)
  • Charlaine Harris
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Aidan Moher
  • Naomi Novik
  • Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
  • J. A. Pitts
  • Anthony Ryan (Raven's Shadow)
  • Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive)
  • Scott Sigler
  • Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
  • Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
  • Django Wexler
  • Janny Wufts (Wars of Light and Shadow)

With the help of New York Times best-selling authors as well as talented newcomers, Speakman has taken the platform Unfettered created to not only confront medical debt but to support the battle against one of our gravest illnesses. Unfettered II is a fantastic sequel anthology, but it is more than that; it is proof that we are stronger together than we are apart.

After all, isn't that what genre fiction is all about?

©2016 Shawn Speakman (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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This is a very nice fantasy anthology.

Speakman has been a very solid job collecting works from a number of accomplished authors. As is often the case the big names are the best. Here, Brandon Sanderson's excerpt from The Stormlight Archive "The Thrill" is the real standout if you are already acquainted with his other work.
"Day One" by Jim Butcher featuring a short story about Butters from The Dresden Files is a must read or listen to any fan of Dresden, Urban fantasy, or Gaming.

I think the Hidden Gem (so to speak) here is "And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls" by Seanan McGuire. I've never read what I can only describe as a first person introspective by a dragon before. But now that I have I can't imagine anybody could do better.

Not every short story in this or any Anthology is a home run. that said I think there's enough here to satisfy most people. And it's very well produced with a great cast. Even Nick Podell makes an appearance although James Marsters is more noticeably absent.

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Mixed bag

This collection was incredibly diverse with a few stories unfinished, but the best stories made the whole purchase worth it! Great way to find a new favorite author or voice actor.

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Plenty of great stories

A motley collection of high fantasy and science fiction that stays modern and fresh. I hope Speakman doesn't need another tragedy in his life to give us book 3.

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More good than bad on the whole

Ratings for each story individually; Castle Coeurlieu by Naomi Novik 4 stars A Slow Kill by Peter Orullian 4 stars And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls by Seanan McGuire 1 star Day One by Jim Butcher 5 stars Brightwine in the Garden of Tsitsian Village by Bradley P. Beaulieu 5 stars Aokigahara by John A. Pitts 2 stars The Decoy by Janny Wurts 5 stars The King’s Despatcher by David Farland 4 stars Figures by Rachel Caine 1 star The Red-Rimmed Eyes of Tóu Maˇ by Aidan Moher 3 stars Magic Beans by Django Wexler 1 star The Hedgewitch by Sarah Beth Durst 4 stars Victim with a Capital V by Scott Sigler 2 stars A Duel of Evils by Anthony Ryan 3 stars The Raven by Erin Lindsey 4 stars Bulletproof by Mark Lawrence 2 stars The Gunnnie by Charlaine Harris 3 stars Little Wren and the Big Forest by Michael J. Sullivan 2 stars The Thrill by Brandon Sanderson 2 stars The Last Flowers of the Spring Witch by Shawn Speakman 4 stars

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Great mix of stories

They can't all be gold but they were all at least good. There were a few gems. worth a credit since at least there's a lot to listen to.

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beautiful, if sad.

This book has a thread of sadness throughout it's various stories, but it stands as a wonderful collection of beautiful.

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A few stories detracted from the entire collection

Many of the short stories were amazing. Unfortunately a few of them were too detailed in their description of sex scenes. I did not purchase this book for graphic details. If language and slightly explicit scenes do not make you uncomfortable then you might really enjoy the stories.

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some great some meh

like any collection of short stories, some stand out a lot more than others. the top highlight for me was Magic Beans. I am also a Michael J. fan and a Brandon Sanderson although the story in this from him "The thrill" were chapters out of Oathbringer and not original

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Marvelous short stories and skilled narrators

Great collection of short stories and narrators from some of my favorite authors! And what a fantastic cause to support by all these authors.

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great collection

Hit and miss stories, as expected in a multi author collection but some made up for any lack and the collection as a whole was great! exposure to similar authors is a big plus

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  • 08-01-17

Very good Collection of small books

An amazing Collection of short stories that very Absorbing and will be worth your time

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it's a good mix bag

I listen to this while I worked I found it good to break it up into smaller parts. many good stories and it's a good way to find new and good authors chuckling out of your usual genres you'll listen to regularly. would recommend unfettered series too new listeners