From Publishers Weekly
Editors Strahan (Eclipse 3
) and Anders (Fast Forward 2
) present 17 original stories that recall the classic works of Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber. To earn the book's subtitle of The New Sword and Sorcery, Gene Wolfe puts on literary airs (Bloodsport); Tim Lebbon contributes some of the graphic horror and moral twists of the New Weird (The Deification of Dal Balmore); and Caitlín R. Kiernan introduces a complicated heroine rescued by the ostensible villain (The Sea Troll's Daughter). But most of the stories are more traditional tales of apprentice mages coming-of-age and down-on-their-luck mercenaries facing unexpected perils. Fans of the classics will appreciate the tie-ins to familiar series by Michael Moorcock, Glen Cook, and Robert Silverberg, plus a fully authorized Cugel the Clever cameo by Michael Shea. (July)
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From the Back Cover
Seventeen original tales of sword and sorcery penned by masters old and new
Elric . . . the Black Company . . . Majipoor. For years, these have been some of the names that have captured the hearts of generations of readers and embodied the sword and sorcery genre. And now some of the most beloved and bestselling fantasy writers working today deliver stunning all-new sword and sorcery stories in an anthology of small stakes but high action, grim humor mixed with gritty violence, fierce monsters and fabulous treasures, and, of course, swordplay. Don't miss the adventure of the decade!