For those who like an extra dose of romance with their fantasy comes To Weave a Web of Magic, an anthology that contains novellas by some of the biggest names in fantasy and romance: Patricia A. McKillip, Sharon Shinn, Claire Delacroix, and Lynn Kurland.
"The Gorgon in the Cupboard" is classic McKillip: a magic-filled fable about a struggling artist, desperate for inspiration, who finds his muse in the most unlikely of places. Inspired by a spirit in an unfinished painting, Harry sets off in search of a model for his masterwork and finds her practically on his doorstep in the form of an impoverished woman. Harry -- a superficial man through and through -- soon realizes firsthand the transcendent power of beauty.
Kurland's "The Tale of Two Swords" begins with eight-year-old Harold in search of adventure. Instead, he must settle for his father reading him and his siblings an old fairy tale by the fire. The story is about a young woman who runs away from her overbearing father and a prince whose kingdom has recently been destroyed by an evil sorcerer. As the story progresses, Harold suddenly realizes some striking similarities between the fairy tale's protagonists and his parents!
Shinn's "Fallen Angel" takes place in her much-traveled realm of Samaria and chronicles the tumultuous relationship between a young socialite named Eden and an unruly angel named Jesse. "An Elegy for Melusine" by Delacroix reinterprets a medieval fairy tale about a fool's wager between a mortal knight and a fey temptress.
Steeped in myth and magic, this enchanting anthology is highly recommended for readers who enjoy "and they lived happily ever after..." Paul Goat Allen