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Ed Greenwood is the bestselling author of the Band of Four series and creator of the bestselling and award-winning Forgotten Realms role-playing campaign setting. He lives in the Ontario countryside.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (July 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897492499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897492499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I didn't expect the variety I got when I bought this book. Villains are...villains, right?

Instead, the stories each had their own very unique villain, each with different intentions upon returning home. Some villains wished to reform, some wished to show the people back home what they'd become, and some hadn't changed a whit.

This and the When the Hero Comes Home anthology are among the best anthologies I've read, and this one edges out the Hero anthology for me. I usually skip around, or don't read some stories, but so many of these authors kept me engrossed. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say Villainelle, by Chaz Brenchley. The ending is a kicker.

The length of the stories within are perfect for someone who has to put down and pick up a book. I read a story or two before turning in for the night.

Would highly recommend.
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This is a great premise for a story collection, and I bought it based on that and a couple of the authors, particularly Jay Lake who is a favorite of mine. However, I found less than half of the stories to my personal liking. Others may like them better than I, and readers who have read and liked the previous collection about heroes may see a connection I did not, since I have not read that one. I read a good many SF and Fantasy story collections and anthologies, but this one just didn't connect with me.
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An anthology of 31 stories.

As always, an anthology is an un-even collection of skills set and stories. This one is about villains returning to an origin point they somehow thought of as "home".

The concept presented in The Sunshine Baron by Peadar O Guilin is still freaking me out; as often happens in fantasy, the land lives and dies by the Hero-King, such as Arthur. Can you imagine the suffering under the Ruler of the Land when he is a selfish, gutless, self-serving Crown instead? I need to imagine no more; Peadar O'Guilin provided the perfect example when this villain is returned home.

Villianelle by Chaz Brenchley shows that villains can return to their roots to start growing again, though the base plant never changes.

Anyway, whether they are bad guys, worse guys, monsters, killers or just thieves, each of these villains must return home again. For some that home was heaven and others hell; most glimpses of home helps give the reader understanding why the character became a villain. Those at home were monsters (Oranges, Lemons, and Thou beside me), or maybe needed protecting from monsters (Hunger of the Blood Reever).

A fun read, mixing fantasy and sci-fi, a little heavy on the superpowered at the beginning.
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