By Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin
Fable enthusiasts, have a good time! Seven years after author and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing background with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of unique brief novels by means of many of the maximum writers in delusion fiction, the long-awaited moment quantity is the following. Legends II selections up the place its illustrious predecessor left off. all the bestselling writers represented in Legends II go back to the detailed universe of the mind's eye that its writer has made well-known through the global. even if set prior to or after occasions already acknowledged in different places, no matter if that includes cherished characters or compelling new creations, those masterful brief novels are either enthralling stand-alones—perfect introductions to the paintings in their authors—and critical additions to the epics on which they're established. past any doubt, Legends II is the delusion occasion of the season.
ROBIN HOBB returns to the world of the Elderlings with “Homecoming,” a robust story during which exiles despatched to colonize the Cursed seashores locate themselves sinking into an intoxicating yet lethal dream . . . or is it a memory?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN maintains the adventures of Dunk, a tender hedge knight, and his strange squire, Egg, in “The Sworn Sword,” set a iteration prior to the occasions in A track 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 captivating story of Majipoor’s early history—and distant future—as visible in the course of the eyes of a dilettantish poet who discovers an unforeseen future in “The e-book 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 gentle into the main mysterious and wondrous of all locations 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 journey 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 provides us a glimpse into what befalls the fellow 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 basic terms with the magic of phantasm.
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Then we shouldn’t have named them, ser. it is going to in basic terms make the grief tougher for us once they die. ” He screwed up his face. “If we used my boot—” “No. ” Dunk stood on one leg to drag his personal boot off. “Yes, yet my father—” “No. ” the second one boot went the way in which of the 1st. “We—” “No. ” Dunk pulled his sweat-stained tunic up over his head and tossed it at Egg. “Ask Sam Stoops’ spouse to scrub that for me. ” “I will, ser, but—” “No, I acknowledged. do you want a clout within the ear that can assist you pay attention greater? ” He unlaced his breeches. beneath was once merely him; it was once too scorching for smallclothes. “It’s reliable that you’re involved for Wat and Wat and Wat and the remainder of them, however the boot is simply intended for dire want. ” what number eyes does Lord Bloodraven have? 1000 eyes, and one. “What did your father let you know, while he despatched you off to squire for me? ” “To hold my hair shaved or dyed, and inform no guy my real name,” the boy acknowledged, with visible reluctance. Egg had served Dunk for an excellent yr and a part, notwithstanding a few days it gave the impression of twenty. they'd climbed the Prince’s cross jointly and crossed the deep sands of Dorne, either purple and white. A poleboat had taken them down the Greenblood to the Planky city, the place they took passage for Oldtown at the galleas White girl. they'd slept in stables, lodges, and ditches, damaged bread with holy brothers, whores, and mummers, and chased down 100 puppet exhibits. Egg had saved Dunk’s horse groomed, his longsword sharp, his mail freed from rust. He were nearly as good a significant other as any guy might want for, and the hedge knight had come to think about him virtually as a bit brother. He isn’t, although. This egg have been hatched of dragons, no longer of chickens. Egg could be a hedge knight’s squire, yet Aegon of residence Targaryen was once the fourth and youngest son of Maekar, Prince of Summerhall, himself the fourth son of the past due King Daeron the great, the second one of His identify, who’d sat the Iron Throne for five-and-twenty years until eventually the nice Spring disease took him off. “So some distance as most folks are involved, Aegon Targaryen went again to Summerhall together with his brother Daeron after the tourney at Ashford Meadow,” Dunk reminded the boy. “Your father didn't wish it identified that you simply have been wandering the Seven Kingdoms with a few hedge knight. So let’s pay attention not more approximately your boot. ” a glance was once all of the solution that he acquired. Egg had great eyes, and by some means his shaven head made them glance even better. within the dimness of the lamplit cellar they seemed black, yet in higher mild their real colour should be noticeable: deep and darkish and crimson. Valyrian eyes, idea Dunk. In Westeros, few however the blood of the dragon had eyes that colour, or hair that shone like overwhelmed gold and strands of silver woven all jointly. while they’d been poling down the Greenblood, the orphan ladies had made a video game of rubbing Egg’s shaven head for good fortune. It made the boy blush redder than a pomegranate. “Girls are so stupid,” he could say. “The subsequent one that touches me goes into the river. ” Dunk needed to inform him, “Then I’ll be touching you.