By Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin
Delusion lovers, have a good time! Seven years after author and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing heritage with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of unique brief novels by means of a few of the maximum writers in myth fiction, the long-awaited moment quantity is right here. Legends II selections up the place its illustrious predecessor left off. the entire bestselling writers represented in Legends II go back to the exact universe of the mind's eye that its writer has made well-known through the global. no matter if set sooner than 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 spell binding stand-alones—perfect introductions to the paintings in their authors—and integral additions to the epics on which they're dependent. past any doubt, Legends II is the delusion occasion of the season.
ROBIN HOBB returns to the world of the Elderlings with “Homecoming,” a strong story within which exiles despatched to colonize the Cursed shorelines 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 earlier than the occasions in A track of Ice and Fire.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a story of Alvin Maker and the strong 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 during the eyes of a dilettantish poet who discovers an unforeseen future in “The ebook 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 good battles of the Riftwar to the tale of 1 soldier, a tender guy approximately to embark at the experience 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 referred to as Shadow after the occasions of his Hugo Award–winning novel American Gods in “The Monarch of the Glen.”
TERRY BROOKS provides an exhilarating 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 merely with the magic of phantasm.
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