Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

By Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin

Delusion fanatics, have fun! Seven years after author and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing historical past with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of unique brief novels via the various maximum writers in delusion fiction, the long-awaited moment quantity is the following. Legends II alternatives up the place its illustrious predecessor left off. the entire bestselling writers represented in Legends II go back to the precise universe of the mind's eye that its writer has made recognized during the global. even if set ahead of or after occasions already acknowledged in other places, no matter if that includes liked characters or compelling new creations, those masterful brief novels are either enthralling stand-alones—perfect introductions to the paintings in their authors—and necessary additions to the epics on which they're established. past any doubt, Legends II is the myth occasion of the season.

ROBIN HOBB returns to the world of the Elderlings with “Homecoming,” a robust story within which exiles despatched to colonize the Cursed beaches locate themselves sinking into an intoxicating yet lethal dream . . . or is it a memory?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN keeps the adventures of Dunk, a tender hedge knight, and his strange squire, Egg, in “The Sworn Sword,” set a iteration sooner than the occasions in A tune of Ice and Fire.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a story of Alvin Maker and the potent Mississippi, that includes a few ne’er-do-wells named Jim Bowie and Abe Lincoln, in “The Yazoo Queen.”
DIANE GABALDON turns to an incredible personality from her Outlander saga—Lord John Grey—in “Lord John and the Succubus,” a supernatural mystery set within the early days of the Seven Years War.
ROBERT SILVERBERG spins a captivating story of Majipoor’s early history—and distant future—as noticeable in the course of the eyes of a dilettantish poet who discovers an unforeseen future in “The publication of Changes.”
TAD WILLIAMS explores the unusual afterlife of Orlando Gardiner, from his Otherland saga, in “The Happiest lifeless Boy within the World.”
ANNE McCAFFREY shines a gentle into the main mysterious and wondrous of all areas on Pern within the heartwarming “Beyond Between.”
RAYMOND E. FEIST turns from the good battles of the Riftwar to the tale of 1 soldier, a tender guy approximately to embark at the trip of his existence, in “The Messenger.”
ELIZABETH HAYDON tells of the destruction of Serendair and the destiny of its final defenders in “Threshold,” set on the finish of the 3rd Age of her Symphony of a while series.
NEIL GAIMAN offers us a glimpse into what befalls the guy referred to as Shadow after the occasions of his Hugo Award–winning novel American Gods in “The Monarch of the Glen.”
TERRY BROOKS provides a thrilling epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara in “Indomitable,” the story of Jair Ohmsford’s determined quest to accomplish the destruction of the evil Ildatch . . . armed purely with the magic of phantasm.

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The nice septon has been scolding me. ” She gazed around the water at Ser Eustace. “I scarce take into account Addam from now on. It was once greater than part my existence in the past. I keep in mind that I enjoyed him, even though. i have never enjoyed any of the others. ” “His father positioned him within the blackberries, along with his brothers,” Dunk stated. “He was once keen on blackberries. ” “I take note. He used to select them for me, and we’d consume them in a bowl of cream. ” “The king pardoned the outdated guy for Daemon,” acknowledged Dunk. “It is previous time you pardoned him for Addam. ” “Give me Bennis, and I’ll give some thought to that. ” “Bennis isn't mine to offer. ” She sighed. “I could as lief now not need to kill you. ” “I could as lief no longer die. ” “Then supply me Bennis. We’ll lower his nostril off and hand him again, and that might be the tip of that. ” “It won’t, though,” Dunk stated. “There’s nonetheless the dam to house, and the hearth. Will you provide us the lads who set it? ” “There have been lantern insects in that wood,” she stated. “It will be they set the fireplace off, with their little lanterns. ” “No extra teasing now, m’lady,” Dunk warned her. “This is not any time for it. Tear down the dam, and allow Ser Eustace have the water to make up for the wooden. That’s reasonable, is it no longer? ” “It could be, if I had burned the wooden. Which i didn't. i used to be at Coldmoat, secure abed. ” She seemed down on the water. “What is there to avoid us from using correct around the move? have you ever scattered caltrops among the rocks? Hidden archers within the ashes? inform me what you think that goes to prevent us. ” “Me. ” He pulled one gauntlet off. “In Flea backside i used to be continuously greater and greater than the opposite boys, so I used to overcome them bloody and thieve from them. The previous guy taught me to not do this. It used to be incorrect, he stated, and in addition to, occasionally little boys have nice titanic brothers. the following, take a look at this. ” Dunk twisted the hoop off his finger and held it out to her. She needed to set free of her braid to take it. “Gold? ” she stated, whilst she felt the burden of it. “What is that this, ser? ” She became it over in her hand. “A signet. Gold and onyx. ” Her eco-friendly eyes narrowed as she studied the seal. “Where did you discover this, ser? ” “In a boot. Wrapped in rags and crammed up within the toe. ” woman Rohanne’s hands closed round it. She glanced at Egg and outdated Ser Eustace. “You took a superb danger in exhibiting me this ring, ser. yet how does it avail us? If I should still command my males to go . . . ” “Well,” stated Dunk, “that could suggest I’d need to struggle. ” “And die. ” “Most like,” he acknowledged, “and then Egg may return the place he comes from, and inform what occurred the following. ” “Not if he died besides. ” “I don’t imagine you’d kill a boy of ten,” he acknowledged, hoping he was once correct. “Not this boy of ten, you wouldn’t. You’ve obtained three-and-thirty males there, such as you stated. males speak. That fats one there particularly. irrespective of how deep you dug the graves, the story could out. after which, good . . . could be a noticed spider’s chunk can kill a lion, yet a dragon is a unique type of beast. ” “I may be the dragon’s good friend. ” She attempted the hoop on her finger. It was once too colossal even for her thumb.

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