Sword and Sorceress XV

Sword and Sorceress XV

by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     
 


Here are twenty all-new, all-original tales of strong, heroic women-female warriors and wizards brought vividly to life by acclaimed writers such as Diana L. Patson, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and many others.

THE BEST IN FANTASY SHORT STORIES. (Rave Reviews)  See more details below

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Here are twenty all-new, all-original tales of strong, heroic women-female warriors and wizards brought vividly to life by acclaimed writers such as Diana L. Patson, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and many others.

THE BEST IN FANTASY SHORT STORIES. (Rave Reviews)

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.)
VOYA
The stories in this latest edition of Bradley's annual sword-and-sorcery series were selected before the seasoned series editor died. Elizabeth Waters provided final editing and author introductions, and she has done an excellent job finishing the work that Bradley started. The theme of this volume is Impossible Tasks and Invading Armies, and although there are a few invading armies, most stories deal with women facing impossible tasks and succeeding against improbable odds. In stories such as Lessons Learned by Kati Dougherty-Carthum, in which a young queen learns to rely on herself, or Lawrence Watt-Evans's Arms and the Woman about a quest to slay the Undead Lord, the big soldiers are useless—only a young camp follower can succeed. The stories also explore the world. Susan Urbanek Linville goes to Egypt in Light, in which a girl wants to bring her sister back from the dead, and India Edghill explores a long-ago India in Tiger's Eye, in which some soldiers of Alexander's meet the true magic of a distant land. One that will be a favorite for many readers is Little Rogue Riding Hood by Rosemary Edghill, combining a little Xena, Buffy, and even a touch of Galaxy Quest. Bradley and Waters have provided a fine collection of stories that should appeal to most fantasy readers. The interesting author profiles might lead readers to their other books. For libraries where previous Sword and Sorceress titles have proved popular, this book is an obvious addition. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, definedas grades 10 to 12). 2001, DAW, 320p, pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Joyce Davidson SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886777685
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Sword and Sorceress Series, #15
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.88(d)

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