Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery
Edited by Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders
Review by Benjamin Wald
Eos Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061723810
Date: 01 July 2010 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Sword and sorcery has a rich history in the fantasy genre. It is clear that the editors of Swords and Dark Magic, an original anthology of brand new sword and sorcery short stories, are aware of this history. The volume is dedicated to Fritz Leiber, Robert E. Howard, and Michael Moorcock, the holy trinity of sword and sorcery fiction. The only name missing from this dedication is Jack Vance, whose Dying Earth stories provide another clear influence on many of the stories, particularly evident in the ironic, satirical sense of humor that runs through several of the tales. This volume is an impressive showcase of the modern state of the subgenre, providing a heaping helping of sword-play, sorcery, bloodshed, and even occasional laughs. From official release/information:
From back of book: Swords & Dark Magic is the most important new fantasy anthology to be published this decade. Featuring new stories from the bestselling and brightest writers working in the genre, including Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Michael Moorcock (with an all-new Elric novella), Michael Shea (with a fully authorized new Cugel the Clever adventure), Robert Silverberg (with an all-new Majipoor tale), Glen Cook (with an all-new Black Company story), Gene Wolfe, and C.J. Cherryh; and hot new writers who've been reinventing swords and sorcery like Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, and Tim Lebbon.