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

By Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin

Delusion enthusiasts, celebrate! Seven years after author and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing background with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of unique brief novels by way of a number of the maximum writers in fable 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 certain universe of the mind's eye that its writer has made recognized through the global. even if set earlier than or after occasions already stated somewhere else, no matter if that includes loved characters or compelling new creations, those masterful brief novels are either spell binding stand-alones—perfect introductions to the paintings in their authors—and essential additions to the epics on which they're established. past any doubt, Legends II is the fable occasion of the season.

ROBIN HOBB returns to the area 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 new release sooner than the occasions in A music of Ice and Fire.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a story of Alvin Maker and the robust Mississippi, that includes a number of ne’er-do-wells named Jim Bowie and Abe Lincoln, in “The Yazoo Queen.”
DIANE GABALDON turns to a tremendous 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 charming story of Majipoor’s early history—and distant future—as noticeable throughout 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 useless Boy within the World.”
ANNE McCAFFREY shines a mild into the main mysterious and wondrous of all locations on Pern within the heartwarming “Beyond Between.”
RAYMOND E. FEIST turns from the nice 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 long time series.
NEIL GAIMAN provides us a glimpse into what befalls the guy known 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 in simple terms with the magic of phantasm.

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He took a deep breath of chilly, heavy air, tinged with smoke, and coughed. It was once just like the scent of grave-dirt, he proposal, after which wanted the concept had no longer happened to him. “One factor I confess i don't particularly understand,” he stated, straightening himself within the saddle. “A succubus is a demon, if it's not that i am incorrect. How is it, then, that the sort of creature may still take shelter in a churchyard, in consecrated floor? ” “Oh,” von Namtzen acknowledged, sounding stunned that this was once now not visible. “The succubus takes ownership of the physique of a useless individual, and rests inside of it through day. this type of individual needs to in fact be a corrupt and depraved style, jam-packed with depravity and perversion. in order that even in the churchyard the succubus will compatible safe haven locate. ” “How lately needs to the individual have died? ” gray requested. without doubt it's going to make their perambulations extra effective have been they to head on to the more moderen graves. From the little he may see within the swaying mild of Tom’s lantern, lots of the stones close by had stood the place they have been for many years, if now not centuries. “That i don't know,” von Namtzen admitted. “Some humans say that the physique itself rises with the succubus; others say that the physique is still within the grave, and via evening the demon rides the air as a dream, looking males of their sleep. ” Tom Byrd’s determine was once vague within the amassing fog, yet gray observed his shoulders upward push, approximately touching the brim of his hat. He coughed back, and cleared his throat. “I see. And . . . er . . . what, accurately, do you want to do, should still an appropriate physique be positioned? ” the following von Namtzen used to be on surer floor. “Oh, that's simple,” he guaranteed gray. “We will open the coffin, and force an iron rod in the course of the corpse’s center. Herr Blomberg has introduced one. ” Tom Byrd made an inarticulate noise, which gray inspiration it wiser to disregard. “I see,” he stated. His nostril had started to run with the chilly, and he wiped it on his sleeve. a minimum of he not felt hungry. They paced for a bit in silence. The Buergermeister had fallen silent, too, notwithstanding the far away sounds of squelching and glugging in the back of them indicated that the digging get together was once loyally persevering, using extra plum brandy. “The lifeless man,” gray stated eventually. “Private Koenig. the place was once he stumbled on? and also you pointed out marks upon the body—what kind of marks? ” Von Namtzen opened his mouth to respond to, yet used to be forestalled. Karolus glanced all at once to the facet, nostrils flaring. Then he flung up his head with an exceptional “Harrumph! ” of startlement, approximately hitting gray within the face. on the related second, Tom Byrd uttered a excessive, skinny scream, dropped the rope, and ran. the large horse flexed his hindquarters, slewed around, and took off, jumping a small stone angel that stood in his course; gray observed it as a looming light blur, yet had no time to fret approximately it sooner than it handed underneath the stallion’s outstretched hooves, its stone mouth gaping as if in astonishment. missing reins and not able to grab the halter rope, gray had no recourse yet to grip the stallion’s mane in either fingers, clamp his knees, and stick like a burr.

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