Synopses & Reviews
There is a sickness in the land. Prophets tell of the fall of empires, the rise of champions. Great beasts stir in vaults beneath the hills, beneath the waves. Armies mass. Gods walk. The world will be torn asunder.
Epic fantasy is storytelling at its biggest and best. From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the mega-popular fantasy novels of today, these are the stories that express our greatest hopes and fears, that create worlds so rich we long to return to them again and again, and that inspire us with their timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate eviltales that transport us to the most ancient realms and show us the most noble sacrifices, the most astonishing wonders.
Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The Living Dead) brings you seventeen tales by todays leading authors of epic fantasy, including George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea), Robin Hobb (Realms of Elderlings), Kate Elliott (Crown of Stars), Tad Williams (Of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn), Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), and more.
Return again to lands youve loved or visit magical new worlds. Victory against the coming darkness is never certain, but one things for sureyour adventure will be epic.
"Prolific editor Adams (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse) returns with a fantasy collection that lives up to its title in scale and at least partly in substance. The 17 selections range widely in theme, taking in faith, power, magic, and science. Genre legends Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Moorcock appear alongside veterans Orson Scott Card and George R.R. Martin, but the collection's three standouts come from less storied contributors. In Mary Robinette Kowal's 'Bound Man,' mortal men unexpectedly succeed in summoning the mythical 'Chooser of the Slain.' N.K. Jemisin's 'The Narcomancer,' explores the same ancient Egypt inspired universe as her Dreamblood novels, and Carrie Vaughn's 'Strife Lingers in Memory' explores the costs soldiers continue to pay after their battles are done. Though this isn't one of Adams's most compelling anthologies, it still merits a place on fantasy fans' bookshelves." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"As he's done on Wastelands and The Living Dead, John Joseph Adams has given readers another definitive anthology." —SFF World on By Blood We Live
"At over 600 pages, Epic: Legends of Fantasy will definitely get you your money's worth and the seventeen stories inside will help satisfy your epic fantasy cravings, or possibly leave you wanting more." —www.blog.42SciFi-Fantasy.com
"For newcomers and fans of the genre, this solid collection offers a strong sampler of short fiction by 17 masters and rising stars of epic fantasy. . . . An excellent showcase of epic fantasy at its best." —Library Journal (December 2012)
"Epic: Legends of Fantasy is both wonderful PR for the genre and a gateway drug to whole new realms." —www.CityBookReview.com
For newcomers and fans of the genre, this solid collection offers a strong sampler of short fiction by 17 masters and rising stars of epic fantasy, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Paolo Bacigalupi, N. K. Jemsin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson. An excellent showcase of epic fantasy at its best.”
At over 600 pages, Epic: Legends of Fantasy will definitely get you your moneys worth, and the seventeen stories inside will help satisfy your epic fantasy cravings, or possibly leave you wanting more.”
From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the megapopular fantasy novels of today, this quintessential anthology of epic fantasy is adventurous storytelling at its best. With rich and vibrant world building, readers are transported to antiquated realms to witness noble sacrifices and astonishing wonders. Gathering a comprehensive survey of beloved stories from the genre, this compilation includes stories by such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robin Hobb, and Tad Williams. Inspiring and larger-than-life, these tales offer timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate evil and express mankinds greatest hopes and fears.
About the Author
John Joseph Adams is the editor of many bestselling anthologies, including Brave New Worlds, By Blood We Live, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead, The Mad Scientists Guide to World Domination, and Wastelands. He is the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine and the cohost of The Geeks Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He lives in Lompoc, California.