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Thieves' World: Enemies of Fortune is the newest short story collection based on the wildly popular fantasy realm created by Lynn Abbey and Robert Lynn Asprin in the late 1970s that has spawned dozens of anthologies, novels, and role-playing games. Included in this collection are new stories by C. J. Cherryh, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Dennis L. McKiernan, Jody Lynn Nye, and Steven Brust.
The realm of Thieves' World revolves around Sanctuary, a lawless city inhabited by outlaws, assassins, rogue magicians, necromancers, and -- of course -- plenty of thieves! "Widowmaker" by Cherryh and Jane Fancher follows Jarez Camargen, captain of the pirate ship Widowmaker, as he obsessively pursues a ship filled with invaluable supernatural cargo to the very ends of the Earth -- with disastrous results. Reichert's "Deadly Ritual" pits a disfigured orphan named Dysan against a mysterious man who is plotting to resurrect a malicious cult. "The Ghost in the Phoenix" by Diana L. Paxson and Ian Grey is a mystery of sorts about a widowed inn owner and her twin son and daughter, who try to understand how and why their lodge is suddenly haunted by the spirit of a foreign sorcerer.
Fantasy fans who enjoy breakneck-paced stories with dangerous surprises around every corner should definitely book a visit to Sanctuary -- a forsaken metropolis filled with corruption, twisted desire, and dark magic where absolutely anything is possible. The 12 stories included in this raucous anthology will surely entertain readers of sword-and-sorcery adventure. Hooded cloak and poison-tipped daggers not included. Paul Goat Allen