Epic

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There is a sickness in the land. Prophets tell of the fall of empires, the rise of champions. Great beasts stir in vaults beneath the hills, beneath the waves. Armies mass. Gods walk. The world will be torn asunder.

Epic fantasy is storytelling at its biggest and best. From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the mega-popular fantasy novels of today, these are the stories that express our greatest hopes and fears, that create worlds so rich we long to return ...

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Overview


There is a sickness in the land. Prophets tell of the fall of empires, the rise of champions. Great beasts stir in vaults beneath the hills, beneath the waves. Armies mass. Gods walk. The world will be torn asunder.

Epic fantasy is storytelling at its biggest and best. From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the mega-popular fantasy novels of today, these are the stories that express our greatest hopes and fears, that create worlds so rich we long to return to them again and again, and that inspire us with their timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate evil—tales that transport us to the most ancient realms and show us the most noble sacrifices, the most astonishing wonders.

Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The Living Dead) brings you seventeen tales by today’s leading authors of epic fantasy, including George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea), Robin Hobb (Realms of Elderlings), Kate Elliott (Crown of Stars), Tad Williams (Of Memory, Sorrow & Thorn), Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), and more.

Return again to lands you’ve loved or visit magical new worlds. Victory against the coming darkness is never certain, but one thing’s for sure—your adventure will be epic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Prolific editor Adams (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse) returns with a fantasy collection that lives up to its title in scale and at least partly in substance. The 17 selections range widely in theme, taking in faith, power, magic, and science. Genre legends Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Moorcock appear alongside veterans Orson Scott Card and George R.R. Martin, but the collection’s three standouts come from less storied contributors. In Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Bound Man,” mortal men unexpectedly succeed in summoning the mythical “Chooser of the Slain.” N.K. Jemisin’s “The Narcomancer,” explores the same ancient Egypt–inspired universe as her Dreamblood novels, and Carrie Vaughn’s “Strife Lingers in Memory” explores the costs soldiers continue to pay after their battles are done. Though this isn’t one of Adams’s most compelling anthologies, it still merits a place on fantasy fans’ bookshelves. (Dec.)
From the Publisher

“For newcomers and fans of the genre, this solid collection offers a strong sampler of short fiction by 17 masters and rising stars of epic fantasy, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Paolo Bacigalupi, N. K. Jemsin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson. An excellent showcase of epic fantasy at its best.”
Library Journal

“At over 600 pages, Epic: Legends of Fantasy will definitely get you your money’s worth, and the seventeen stories inside will help satisfy your epic fantasy cravings, or possibly leave you wanting more.”
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Library Journal
In Robin Hobb's "Homecoming," a noblewoman recounts her family's exile to a hostile land and the strange transformation that overtakes them. Set in the world of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, George R R. Martin's "The Mystery Knight" spins a tale of young men in search of adventure, hidden identities, and a dragon's egg. Li Reiko, the warrior in Mary Robinette Kowal's "The Bound Man," has been pulled through time to save a village from invaders, but she is not wholly pleased to be called. VERDICT For newcomers and fans of the genre, this solid collection offers a strong sampler of short fiction by 17 masters and rising stars of epic fantasy, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Paolo Bacigalupi, N.K. Jemsin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson. An excellent showcase of epic fantasy at its best.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616960841
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 472,619
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author


John Joseph Adams is the best-selling editor of Wastelands, The Living Dead, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination. Hailed as “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble.com, he has been nominated for the World Fantasy and Hugo awards. Adams is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine and is the co-host of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Epic (The winner)

    The winner is Kali!!!!

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    Posted April 25, 2013

    Annabeth

    I kinda owe it to her....ad we cant go there cuz it a pre order bk.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Epic's Writing Contest

    The winner will be posted here Friday. Happy Writing! ~Epic

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