Lace and Blade 2
Edited by Deborah J. Ross
Review by Carolyn Frank
Leda ISBN/ITEM#: 9781934648995
Date: 14 February 2008 / Show Article /
This anthology of romantic fantasy, Lace and Blade 2, is the second selection of tales on the topic of love in faintly medieval settings. The stories are set in places and times where the weapon of choice is the sword and/or dagger. Such weapons have the characteristic that the wielder must be close to the opponent, and that skill/experience with the blade does matter. As human relationships also require that the parties involved be close and that skill/experience does make a difference, the combination of love and blades is a match to be enjoyed in many highly diverse ways. From official release/information:
From publicity material: In the spirit of classic period swashbucklers, Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and D'Artagnan, brimming with romantic courtly intrigue and dangerous liaisons, with cloak and dagger and perfumed handkerchiefs, the language of the fan and stolen glances, with the manners of Jane Austen and the sparkling rapier wit of Oscar Wilde, here are nine fantastic stories of adventure, derring-do, love, and glamorous yet subtle magic, by such stellar authors as Tanith Lee, Catherine Asaro, Diana L. Paxson, Madeleine E. Robins, Robin Wayne Bailey, Dave Smeds, Mary Rosenblum, Chaz Brenchley, and Sherwood Smith.