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"Steel isn't strong, boy; flesh is stronger...What is the sword compared to the hand that wields it?" - Thulsa Doom
The flesh is ephemeral, but the steel endures. Yet without the flesh the steel is useless. Down through the centuries, the sword has passed from hand to hand. The War Bride, she has been called. She exists for battle, to become one with a worthy owner and seek glory in strife. She has been broken many times. And reforged anew. These are some of her stories.
Michael Z Williamson is a subject matter expert on the making, use, and history of edged weapons. He combines his knowledge and writing talents with a host of other talented authors to tell the stories of the War Bride and her wielders. Whether, young or old, brave or cowardly they all are changed by their time with the sword. Some will not survive that time.
Mike and the other authors bring use comedy and tragedy, nobility and perfidy to offer us a glimpse into the ethos of the soldier and what it means to stand in the breach to serve and protect the ones they love.
The concept of an object, a sword in this case, as a subject to hang a series of short stories from is not new, but the coherence and quality of this work makes the theme work beautifully. It can be read as a novel, and that is quite remarkable.
The quality of the authors represented here is hard to touch, and they deliver. Each story is interesting, many are genuinely wrenching, and all are superbly written.
I read this a 2nd time and it got better. I've never had an anthology do that before.
best anthology ever.
Each of the stories link together very well, and the later stories give us additional insight to characters mentioned briefly in the first two books of the 'Freehold' series, as well as revisiting familiar characters from those same books.
Overall, an excellent addition to the 'Freehold' series...don't miss out!
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