- Mass Market Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: DAW; First Canadian Edition edition (June 5, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0886774233
- ISBN-13: 978-0886774233
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sword and Sorceress VI Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 1990
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From Library Journal
From Mercedes Lackey's tongue-in-cheek tale of poetic license ("The Making of a Legend") to Kier Neustaeder's mythical tale of a magical creature's vengeance ("And Saavuld Danced"), this collection of 15 stories featuring a varied group of female protagonists demonstrates the broad scope of contemporary sword and sorcery. For large libraries.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Among the high points here are Jennifer Roberson's "Sleeping Dogs" (a veterinarian-witch, summoned to help the young king's favorite bitch deliver her litter, finds the only surviving pup the catalyst for revelations she never expected); Mercedes Lackey's "The Making of a Legend" (heroines Tamra and Kethry wander into the town of Viden, whose overlord is a petty despot--but is he really as bad as they think?); Mary Fenoglio's "Burnt Offerings" (the story of a peculiar alliance between a wandering (male) warrior and a slightly inept (female) magic-user); Dorothy J. Heydt's "Ratsbane" (in which Greek sorceress Cynthia, to combat a Carthaginian sorcerer who's taken rat form to spread the Plague, tries to transform herself into a terrier and becomes a cat instead); Bobbi Miller's "Wolf Hunt" (a female outlaw in Medieval France seeks a ravening werewolf); Jessie D' Eaker's "Name of the Demoness" (a new mother must save her just-born child from a hungry malevolence); and Lois Tilton's "Hands" (a young thief, deprived of both her hands by the law, is rescued by a sorcerer who provides her with an invisible set of replacements, but he has an agenda of his own). As is usual in MZB's anthologies, all of them are competently written, some are superior, and a few have flashes of wry humor. The editor's introduction is something of a diatribe against romance novels (I think she overreacts: they're escapism, just as fantasy is), but like all her introductions it helps us understand something of where she was coming from. On balance this collection is at least as good as most of the rest of the series, and worth your time if you like strong, competent women in a variety of fantasy settings.