By George R. R. Martin
All new and unique to this anthology, the twenty-one tales in Dangerous Women contain paintings by way of twelve New York Times bestsellers, and 7 tales set within the authors' bestselling continuities-including a brand new "Outlander" tale by way of Diana Gabaldon, a story of Harry Dresden's international by means of Jim Butcher, a narrative from Lev Grossman set on this planet of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella through George R. R. Martin concerning the Dance of the Dragons, the monstrous civil battle that tore Westeros aside approximately centuries earlier than the occasions of A online game of Thrones.
Also incorporated are unique tales by means of Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and more.
Writes Gardner Dozois in his advent: "Here you will discover no hapless sufferers who stand via whimpering in dread whereas the male hero fights the monster...Instead, you'll find sword-wielding girls warriors, intrepid ladies fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, lethal lady serial killers, ambitious lady superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, woman wizards, hard-living undesirable women, lady bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, woman inner most Investigators, stern lady placing judges, haughty queens who rule countries and whose jealousies and pursuits ship millions to grisly deaths, bold dragonriders, and plenty of more."
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