A new anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasyâ€”featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many others!
Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozoisâ€™s acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf . . . and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda . . . and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore . . . and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shapedâ€”or misshapedâ€”by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain humanâ€”some might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory.
In these pages, seventeen of todayâ€™s top fantasy writersâ€”including award-winners Elizabeth Bear, John Crowley, Kate Elliott, K. J. Parker, Tim Powers, and Liz Williamsâ€”cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever, and as near as next door.
FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:
â€śThe Return of the Pigâ€ť by K. J. Parker
â€śCommunity Serviceâ€ť by Megan Lindholm
â€śFlint and Mirrorâ€ť by John Crowley
â€śThe Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparableâ€ť by Matthew Hughes
â€śThe Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Loveâ€ť by Ysabeau S. Wilce
â€śSong of Fireâ€ť by Rachel Pollack
â€śLoft the Sorcererâ€ť by Eleanor Arnason
â€śThe Governorâ€ť by Tim Powers
â€śSungrazerâ€ť by Liz Williams
â€śThe Staff in the Stoneâ€ť by Garth Nix
â€śNo Work of Mineâ€ť by Elizabeth Bear
â€śWidow Makerâ€ť by Lavie Tidhar
â€śThe Wolf and the Manticoreâ€ť by Greg Van Eekhout
â€śThe Devilâ€™s Whateverâ€ť by Andy Duncan
â€śBloomâ€ť by Kate Elliott
â€śThe Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkurilâ€ť by Scott Lynch
Plus George R. R. Martinâ€™s classic story â€śA Night at the Tarn Houseâ€ť and an introduction by Gardner Dozois
Praise for The Book of Magic
â€śIn The Book of Magic, you get everything you expect and more! Assembling seventeen great authors in one place is a difficult job but this book, with a lot of help from editor Gardner Dozois, does just that. . . . This compilation is a treat for any who love a good fantasy tale.â€ťâ€”Geeks of Doom