Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

Edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders, SWORDS & DARK MAGIC: THE NEW SWORD AND SORCERY presents an impressive collection of fantasy stories from some of the most well-known authors in the sword-and-sorcery subgenre.

As with almost all anthologies, the contents vary greatly, with some providing the action-packed swordplay promised on the cover, and others leaving the reader slightly disappointed — or worse, just downright confused. Despite the unevenness of the tales, the editors have chosen a solid assortment of completely original stories and new tales within an existing fantasy world.

Fantasy fans are sure to find something to enjoy here, whether it be more of their favorite author, an expansion of an existing storyline, or just the basic discovery of a new genre author. The likes of Joe Abercrombie, Garth Nix and Bill Willingham intersperse with names such as Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg and Gene Wolfe to bring readers a little bit of action, a little bit of magic, and a lot of swordplay. —Kerry Serini

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