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Legends: Stories by The Masters of Modern Fantasy (1998)

Written by Robert Silverberg and Various Authors

Acclaimed writer and editor Robert Silverberg gathered eleven of the finest writers in Fantasy to contribute to this collection of short novels. Each of the writers was asked to write a new story based on one of his or her most famous series: from Stephen King's opening piece set in his popular Gunslinger universe to Robert Jordan's early look at his famed Wheel of Time saga, these stories are exceptionally well written and universally well told. Many of the short novels take place at an earlier moment in the history of their worlds, and cast new light on the famous epics. Others fit into the already established patterns of their worlds, but happen offstage from the main action.

Stephen King tells a tale of Roland, the Gunslinger, in The Little Sisters of Eluria; Terry Pratchett relates an amusing incident in Discworld in The Sea and Little Fishes; Terry Goodkind tells of the origin of the Border between realms in the world of The Sword of Truth in Debt of Bones; Orson Scott Card spins a yarn of Alvin and his apprentice in Grinning Man; Robert Silverberg returns to Majipoor and to Lord Valentine's astonishing life in The Seventh Shrine; Ursula K. Le Guin, in a sequel to her famous books of Earthsea, portrays a woman who wants to learn magic in Dragonfly; Tad Williams tells an enthralling story of a great and haunted castle in an age before Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn in The Burning Man; George R.R. Martin sets his adventure of The Hedge Knight a generation before his epic A Song of Ice and Fire; Anne McCaffrey returns once again to her world of romance and adventure to tell of a Runner of Pern; Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga is the setting of the revenge of The Wood Boy; and Robert Jordan, in the final section of the book, New Spring, tells about the meeting of Lan and Moiraine and of the beginning of their search for a baby just born who must lead in the final battle. (Copyright © Tor Books/Macmillan. All rights reserved.)

Souce:  Macmillan Publishers.

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