The Sword & Sorcery Anthology

Blood will move, heads will roll, dragons will jump, and the lifeless shall upward push. trip to old towns governed by means of sinister mages, storm-tossed seas the place monsters stay, mysterious towers jam-packed with old secrets and techniques, and darkish dungeons with untold treasures. From Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian to George R. R. Martin’s music of Ice and fireplace, sign up for the mythical heroes and villains in nineteen epic adventures which are guaranteed to convey out the barbarian in you.

Anti-hero Elric infiltrates a band of mercenaries to check wits with a robust sorcerer. along with her trio of dragons, Daenerys Stormbringer makes a fool’s discount with slave investors. A mage’s apprentice, the younger gray Mouser makes use of newfound energy to conflict an evil duke. Conan breaks into the Tower of the Elephant to thieve a impressive jewel with a depressing mystery. regardless of her drunkard’s methods, Malmury slays an outdated sea troll ahead of dealing with his strong daughter.

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She felt till she came upon the hoop in its heart. That ring was once of the coldest steel she had ever identified, and the smoothest. She may perhaps positioned no identify to it. the sunlight had by no means shone upon such steel. She tugged. The stone used to be reluctant, and finally she took her sword in her the teeth and placed either palms to the lifting. Even then it taxed the restrict of her power, and he or she used to be powerful as many males. yet ultimately it rose, with the strangest sighing sound, and a bit prickle of goose-flesh rippled over her. Now she took the sword again into her hand and knelt at the rim of the invisible blackness under. She had long past this course as soon as earlier than and as soon as merely, and not suggestion to discover any necessity in existence powerful adequate to force her down back. the way in which was once the strangest she had ever identified. there has been, she concept, no such passage in the entire international store the following. It had no longer been equipped for human ft to trip. It had no longer been equipped for ft in any respect. It used to be a slim, polished shaft that cork-screwed around and around. A snake may have slipped in it and long gone capturing down, around and around in dizzy circles—but no snake in the world was once large enough to fill that shaft. No human tourists had worn the edges of the spiral so gentle, and she or he didn't care to take a position on what creatures had polished it so, via what a while of passage. She may possibly by no means have made that first journey down, nor a person after her, had now not a few unknown human hacked the notches which made it attainable to descend slowly; that's, she suggestion it should have been a human. At any price, the notches have been approximately formed for palms and ft, and spaced now not too some distance aside; yet who and while and the way she couldn't even wager. As to the beings who made the shaft, in long-forgotten ages—well, there have been devils on the earth prior to guy, and the realm was once very outdated. She grew to become on her face and slid feet-first into the curving tunnel. That first time she and Gervase had long past down in sweating terror of what lay less than, and with devils tugging at their heels. Now she slid simply, now not bothering to discover toeholds, yet slipping quickly around and around the lengthy spirals with in basic terms her fingers to damage the rate whilst she went too quickly. around and around she went, around and around. It used to be a ways down. sooner than she had long gone very some distance the curious dizziness she had recognized sooner than came to visit her back, a dizziness now not completely precipitated by way of the spirals she whirled round, yet a deeper, atomic unsteadiness as though not just she but in addition the components round her have been transferring. there has been anything queer in regards to the angles of these curves. She was once no pupil in geometry or aught else, yet she felt intuitively that the bend and slant of ways she went have been in some way outdoors the other angles or bends she had ever identified. They led into the unknown and the darkish, however it appeared to her obscurely that they led into deeper darkness and secret than the purely actual, as though, although she couldn't placed it basically even into options, the abnormal and certain strains of the tunnel have been conscientiously angled to steer via poly-dimensional area in addition to in the course of the underground—perhaps via time, too.

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