Sword and Sorceress I

Sword and Sorceress I

by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     
 

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Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Sword and Sorceress" series has always featured the best in contemporary women's fantasy, and this outstanding new volume carries on the tradition! These original stories of brave, talented, and heroic women will take readers through enchanted realms of the imagination into danger both physical and mystical, where the only way to survive is… See more details below

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Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Sword and Sorceress" series has always featured the best in contemporary women's fantasy, and this outstanding new volume carries on the tradition! These original stories of brave, talented, and heroic women will take readers through enchanted realms of the imagination into danger both physical and mystical, where the only way to survive is through the power of sword and spell. Ads in "Locus". Original.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although these 25 original stories are studded with moments of intense drama, this collection is a shallow one and won't win fans to the fantasy genre. Each tale has a strong central female character, like the sorceress who pays for the experience of love by cutting out her own heart in Rowena A. Bathgate's ``Heart of the Matter.'' In Vera Nazarian's ``A Thing of Love,'' a public executioner uses her special gifts to perform her grisly duties with a compassion unsuspected by the crowds who come to gawk. A crafty ``knife-wielder'' and her companion, an eccentric old crone, outwit both the good guys and the bad guys as they prevent a small kingdom from being overrun by barbarians in Stephen L. Burns's ``The Bridge over Darikill Fel.'' Deborah Wheeler's heroine wrestles wolves; Gary Jonas's healer learns that not all injuries can be cured; Nancy Jane Moore offers the feisty lass who killed the dragon that ate St. George for lunch (after a swift kick to the dragon's testicles, she rams the sword into its neck); and Laurell K. Hamilton describes a deadly battle of revenge between an earth-witch and a sorceress. Bradley wrote The Mists of Avalon. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
From Tina Good's imaginative retelling of an old legend (``Lorelei'') to Lisa Deason's humorous tale of a different kind of were-creature (``Taking Shape''), the 29 stories in this collection featuring female protagonists demonstrate the many faces of the sword-and-sorcery genre. In its tenth incarnation, this anthology represents one of the most consistent groupings of short fantasy and includes series veterans Diana Paxson and Mercedes Lackey as well as a significant number of newcomers to the field. Most libraries will want this for their fantasy or short story collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879979287
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1986
Series:
Sword and Sorceress Series, #1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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