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Sword and Sorceress XIXWOMEN OF MIGHT AND MAGICroam lands filled with danger mystery and sorcery They are sword wielding defenders or magical spell casters roles too often considered the exclusive province of menHandpicked by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley here are original stories about bold and talented women created by such masterful word weavers as Diana Paxson Esther M Friesner and Dorothy J Heydt Journey with them now through enchanted realms of the imagination into perils both Sword and PDFEPUBphysical and magicalWhere the respect a sorceress pays to a simple farm animal can cure an entire village suffering from a devastating plagueA young woman is able to free a goddess from her husband the god of war with one wordWi. Although the late Bradley d 1999 is credited as editor of this volume of the series it's really the second of three that were made from the pile of manuscripts submitted before her death and actually edited by her sister in law Elisabeth Waters It continues a trend I noticed in Sword and Sorceress XVII much emphasis on the sorcery half of the sword and sorcery euation Out of 25 tales here 20 have heroines who are magic users; only six feature swordswomen one protagonist is both and two of the latter don't do any actual fighting in their stories Of course magic wielding heroines may be fighters too in their own way Other trends that I noticed here were a number of stories treating real world or imagined pagan pantheons as real freuent use of various historic world cultures ancient Egypt the Hellenistic world 10th century Britain etc as settings or models for invented settings and several coming of age stories While I enjoyed the vast majority of the selections here I felt that this volume didn't have as high a number of really outstanding stories as previous series volumes that I've read so it's the first of the latter not to get five stars from me But four is still a high rating Five of the writers represented are males about the average proportion for this seriesBradley had instituted a by invitation only policy for submissions before she died but had invited everyone who'd previously contributed to the series So all of the contributors here have been represented in previous volumes though some are new to me I haven't read all of the previous numbers and some who aren't are writers whose names I've forgotten Those whose work I've definitely read before include Diana Paxson Esther Friesner Bunnie Bessel and Dorothy Heydt whose daughter also has a story here When I encountered Heydt's ancient Greek sorceress Cynthia in Sword and Sorceress XVII I made the comment in my review that she might be a series character That's confirmed here in Lord of the Earth; but that story has so much allusion to back story that it loses a lot for readers who haven't followed the character through the whole story cycle Paxson's The Sign of the Boar is a seuel to Lady of Flame from the same earlier volume; but here her considerable talent is disappointingly wasted on a story mainly intended to disparage Christians A Simple Spell by Marilyn A Racette is a very slight story which at least for this reader failed to make much impression In her brief intro to A Hall's Sylvia Waters notes that she wanted to close the volume with something short and funny It's uite short and has a mordant black humor in its conclusion; but it's really tragic than funny if you think about it and definitely makes the point that when you try to gain your ends by sneaky and manipulative means instead of honesty the results may not be what you bargained forThose are the weaker stories but I'd rate all of the rest with at least three stars and often Set in a land ruled by ueens chosen by a magic endued sword Bessel's Sword of ueens is the one five star work here; it has the emotional and psychological complexity and power of the series' best tales Laura J Underwood's Scottish flavored The Curse of Ardal Glen is a standout among the serious stories and Aimee Kratts One in Ten Thousand has both an unusual setting ancient Egypt and a very original magic system Humorous fantasy is represented here fairly often Pride Prejudice and Paranoia' by Michael Spence is perhaps the best of these; it's a seuel to Salt and Sorcery which he co wrote with Waters for an earlier volume and is set in a magic school despite the title it's set in the present not Regency England It would be most appreciated by those who've read the first story which I haven't but want to but can delight even those that haven't The evocation of a graduate school environment is spot on Spence was a seminary student when he wrote it the family dynamics are precious and there's a good subtle message A Little Magic by P E Patricia Elizabeth Cunningham and Eloma's Second Career by Lorie Calkins are also fine examples of fantasy in a humorous vein; the latter will be especially appealing to ladies of a certain age whose family is raised and who are ready to take on new challenges instead of sitting around and vegetating Though their new challenges probably won't include training to be a sorceress Not a humorous tale Deborah Burros dark Artistic License also deserves mention; it's a tale of murder and deadly sorcery but not all murders evoke uite the same moral indignation This doesn't mention all of the stories but at least it should provide prospective readers with something of the flavor of the collection

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Free read Sword and Sorceress XIX ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ì ❮EPUB❯ ✸ Sword and Sorceress XIX Author Marion Zimmer Bradley – WOMEN OF MIGHT AND MAGICroam lands filled with danger mystery and sorcery They are sword wielding defenders or magical spell casters roles too oftenTh the help of a healer a group of animal familiars unite to vanuish the magician who slew their mastersWhen the mentor of an apprentice sorceress is killed the young sorceress to be gains her power from the most unlikely source imaginableBefore her death in Marion Zimmer Bradley had prepared volumes and of the ever popular Sword Sorceress anthology series Known for discovering and nurturing some of today's best selling talents Bradley has once again assembled a powerhouse collection of fantasy fiction filled with women warriors and wizardsContentsIntroduction · Elisabeth WatersThe Curse of Ardal Glen · Laura J UnderwoodWhen the King Is Weak · Barbara E TarboxThe Sign of the Boar · Diana PaxsonA Mat. As the first SS anthology to be published after MZB's death this one is a little scattered and not particularly well curated This is an anthology of extremes there are uite a few excellent stories but the ones that are less than good are mostly barely mediocre I don't recall the theme for this one I'll edit if I check it out from the library again BPL copy March 2013Worth rereading The Sign of the Boar Diana L Paxson uite a good Bera story Grain Esther M Friesner Gifts of the Kami Carol E Leaver One in Ten Thousand Aimee Knotts Lord of the Earth Dorothy J Heydt an excellent Cynthia story Artistic License Deborah Burros Earth Wind and Water Bob Dennis Pride Prejudice and Paranoia Michael Spencer Sword of ueens Bunnie Bessel A Little Magic P E CunninghamMost of those are good enough that merely the title is enough to remind me of the plot two months and three SS anthologies later

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Ter of Focus · Penny BuchananInner Sight · Susan WolvenFamiliars · Michael H PayneOrdeal · Robyn McGrewGrain · Esther FriesnerGifts of the Kami · Carol E LeeverOne in Ten Thousand · Aimee KrattsLord of the Earth · Dorothy HeydtLady of Light · Jennifer AshleyAll Too Familiar · P Andrew MillerArtistic License · Deborah BurrosEarth Wind and Water · Bob DennisFire for the Senjen Tiger · Stephen Crane DavidsonFighting Spirit · Karen MagonPride Prejudice and Paranoia · Michael SpenceA Simple Spell · Marilyn A RacetteSword of ueens · Bunnie BesselBetter Seen Than Heard · Emily C A SnyderOpenings · Meg HeydtA Little Magic · P E CunninghamEloma’s Second Career · Lorie CalkinsSylvia · A Ha. The Sword And Sorceress series is a series of collections of short stories set in the Sword And Sorcery genre except that in this series all the protagonists are female The is because as Marion Zimmer Bradley has always explained in her introductions historically in the Sword And Sorcery genre the only female characters were Bad conduct prizes for the heroes The series as a whole is very good although some volumes were stronger than others I would rate this one at about the middle of the series which is not bad at all especially considering that it is the first published after the death of MZB; her assistant Elisabeth Waters has continued compiling collections of stories sent in before MZB's death and may continue to compile new collections after the backlog has run out if good stories keep on coming in