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Fantasy fans, rejoice! Seven years after writer and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing history with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of original short novels by some of the greatest writers in fantasy fiction, the long-awaited second volume is here. Legends II picks up where its illustrious predecessor left off. All of the bestselling writers represented in Legends II return to the special universe of the imagination that its author has made famous throughout the world. Whether set before or after events already recounted elsewhere, whether featuring beloved characters or compelling new creations, these masterful short novels are both mesmerizing stand-alones—perfect introductions to the work of their authors—and indispensable additions to the epics on which they are based. Beyond any doubt, Legends II is the fantasy event of the season.

ROBIN HOBB returns to the Realm of the Elderlings with “Homecoming,” a powerful tale in which exiles sent to colonize the Cursed Shores find themselves sinking into an intoxicating but deadly dream . . . or is it a memory?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN continues the adventures of Dunk, a young hedge knight, and his unusual squire, Egg, in “The Sworn Sword,” set a generation before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a tale of Alvin Maker and the mighty Mississippi, featuring a couple of ne’er-do-wells named Jim Bowie and Abe Lincoln, in “The Yazoo Queen.”
DIANE GABALDON turns to an important character from her Outlander saga—Lord John Grey—in “Lord John and the Succubus,” a supernatural thriller set in the early days of the Seven Years War.
ROBERT SILVERBERG spins an enthralling tale of Majipoor’s early history—and remote future—as seen through the eyes of a dilettantish poet who discovers an unexpected destiny in “The Book of Changes.”
TAD WILLIAMS explores the strange afterlife of Orlando Gardiner, from his Otherland saga, in “The Happiest Dead Boy in the World.”
ANNE McCAFFREY shines a light into the most mysterious and wondrous of all places on Pern in the heartwarming “Beyond Between.”
RAYMOND E. FEIST turns from the great battles of the Riftwar to the story of one soldier, a young man about to embark on the ride of his life, in “The Messenger.”
ELIZABETH HAYDON tells of the destruction of Serendair and the fate of its last defenders in “Threshold,” set at the end of the Third Age of her Symphony of Ages series.
NEIL GAIMAN gives us a glimpse into what befalls the man called Shadow after the events of his Hugo Award–winning novel American Gods in “The Monarch of the Glen.”
TERRY BROOKS adds an exciting epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara in “Indomitable,” the tale of Jair Ohmsford’s desperate quest to complete the destruction of the evil Ildatch . . . armed only with the magic of illusion.


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Sadly, Legends II lacks the consistency of its predecessor. Some of the stories are excellent - the Otherland story, the Gaiman - and some of them seem forced - in particular the Pern story and the Shannara, which, even though I have not read the novel its related to, feels like a tacked-on retread of an otherwise completed work. Overall it's worthwhile, and it's a nice range of worlds and authors, but it feels too much like a runners-up volume.more
The short stories here aren't as powerful as the ones in the first anthology, but it's still an excellent addition to any fantasy fan's library. Notable stories; 'The Sworn Sword' by George R R Martin, 'The Happiest Dead boy in the World' by Tad Williams, 'The Monarch of the Glen' by Neil Gaimanmore
As with the first 'Legends' volume, this is an anthology that any fantasy fan should appreciate.I enjoyed the eclectic mix of settings; some being worlds akin to our present or near-future, rather than the typical quasi-medieval. It made for a refreshing change of pace between stories.The warning from the first volume still holds. If you think you might want to read any of the series related to these stories, beware of the editor's introductory essays prior to each story. They contain spoilers.more
Another strong anthology with more welcome visits to familiar worlds. Weaker than the first volume overall, with some questionable participants (Diana Gabaldon??). I especially liked Elizabeth Haydon's, and George R.R. Martin revisits his characters introduced in the previous volume.more
The second Legends anthology isn't as good as the first, and doesn't have the one outstanding piece like Martin's Hedge Knight in the first book, but there is still a handful of good stories.Another look at Orlando Gardiner from Otherworld was appreciated, and Gabaldon and Haydon were new - one ok, one bad, it seems.Legends II : Homecoming [Elderlings] - Robin HobbLegends II : The Sworn Sword [Song of Ice and Fire] - George R. R. MartinLegends II : The Yazoo Queen [Alvin Maker] - Orson Scott CardLegends II : Lord John and the Succubus [Outworlder] - Diana GabaldonLegends II : The Book of Changes [Majipoor] - Robert SilverbergLegends II : The Happiest Dead Boy in the World [Otherland] - Tad WilliamsLegends II : Beyond Between [Pern] - Anne McCaffreyLegends II : The Messenger [Riftwar] - Raymond E. FeistLegends II : Threshold [Symphony] - Elizabeth HaydonLegends II : The Monarch of the Glen [American Gods] - Neil GaimanLegends II : Indomitable [Shannara] - Terry BrooksRain Wild changes.3 out of 5Short people got no reason to slap me just for being a hick knight.3.5 out of 5Bowie knifeless.2.5 out of 5Opium seduction strategy. 3.5 out of 5Historical poetry captive inspiration.4 out of 5Network reproduction strategy. 4 out of 5Transporter accident haunting.4 out of 5Freezing cold, both ways, and people trying to kill you still gets little respect.4 out of 5Rescue ship.2 out of 5Huldersave. 3 out of 5Missing page problem.3 out of 53 out of 5more
Like in the first book, the short novels in this one are good examples of the genre. However, I had a bit more difficult time finishing some of the selections. It's probably because I wasn't quite in the mood for them at the time and it took more effort to absorb the stories. Also, the fact that they're built around a whole mythology that I'm not familiar with (Neil Gaiman's piece was the only one I had already read on) may be another reason I felt that the stories were so dense.Still, there were a number of stories that I really enjoyed, including Diana Gabaldon's "Lord John and the Succubus," Tad Williams' "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World," Anne McCaffrey's "Beyond Between," Raymond E. Feist's "The Messenger," and, of course, Gaiman's "The Monarch of the Glen," which is my favorite piece in the book. In particular, I'd like to read more of Williams' Otherland series, which has a fascinating setting and storyline.Overall, an anthology worth reading.more
robin hobb, six duchies -An interesting story and falls well within the series.George R R Martin, song of ice and fire - a sequel to the story in the first Legends - which I haven't got around to yet, it is an interesting story about a rough and tumble Hedge Knight and supporting the right side in an argument.Orson Scott Card, Alvin Maker - made me want to re-read the series. Diana Gabaldon, Outlander - Almost made me want to retry this series.Robert Silverberg, Majipoor - all about a writer finishing a poem.Tad Williams, Otherland - interesting but didn't linger in my memory.Anne McCaffrey, Pern - what did happen to Moreta after she went into beyond?Raymond E Feist, Riftwar - A picture of the messenger service in the army at the time of the riftwar.Elizabeth Haydon, Symphony of ages - probably the weakest story in the book, I don't remember much about it but I do remember that it's pretty weak.Neil Gaiman, American Gods - Shadow in Scotland, having an interesting time.Terry Brooks, Shannara - further adventures and fits well within the seriesSome quite good and some weak stories but overall not bad.more
a collection of fantasy stories in the series that made the authors famous. The fact that I hadn't read several of the series didn't detract from reading the book very much, if at all. In fact, I think I enjoyed several of the stories from unfamiliar authors more than some of the ones I knew. For example, I was a bit disappointed by Anne McCaffrey's Pern story...it didn't really say much, or anything new. Unless Moreta's fate was a big mystery. But it's been a while since I read the series anyway. And Neil Gaiman's story just made me want to go out and buy American Gods to read again.more
I bought this mainly for the Robin Hobb story, and I love love loved it. I just eat up anything that has to do with the Elderlings and the Liveships world. George R.R. Martin's was also good, but I have to admit being given a sour taste by the Anne McCaffrey short. I didn't think it fit in with the worldview described in any of her previous work.more
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Sadly, Legends II lacks the consistency of its predecessor. Some of the stories are excellent - the Otherland story, the Gaiman - and some of them seem forced - in particular the Pern story and the Shannara, which, even though I have not read the novel its related to, feels like a tacked-on retread of an otherwise completed work. Overall it's worthwhile, and it's a nice range of worlds and authors, but it feels too much like a runners-up volume.more
The short stories here aren't as powerful as the ones in the first anthology, but it's still an excellent addition to any fantasy fan's library. Notable stories; 'The Sworn Sword' by George R R Martin, 'The Happiest Dead boy in the World' by Tad Williams, 'The Monarch of the Glen' by Neil Gaimanmore
As with the first 'Legends' volume, this is an anthology that any fantasy fan should appreciate.I enjoyed the eclectic mix of settings; some being worlds akin to our present or near-future, rather than the typical quasi-medieval. It made for a refreshing change of pace between stories.The warning from the first volume still holds. If you think you might want to read any of the series related to these stories, beware of the editor's introductory essays prior to each story. They contain spoilers.more
Another strong anthology with more welcome visits to familiar worlds. Weaker than the first volume overall, with some questionable participants (Diana Gabaldon??). I especially liked Elizabeth Haydon's, and George R.R. Martin revisits his characters introduced in the previous volume.more
The second Legends anthology isn't as good as the first, and doesn't have the one outstanding piece like Martin's Hedge Knight in the first book, but there is still a handful of good stories.Another look at Orlando Gardiner from Otherworld was appreciated, and Gabaldon and Haydon were new - one ok, one bad, it seems.Legends II : Homecoming [Elderlings] - Robin HobbLegends II : The Sworn Sword [Song of Ice and Fire] - George R. R. MartinLegends II : The Yazoo Queen [Alvin Maker] - Orson Scott CardLegends II : Lord John and the Succubus [Outworlder] - Diana GabaldonLegends II : The Book of Changes [Majipoor] - Robert SilverbergLegends II : The Happiest Dead Boy in the World [Otherland] - Tad WilliamsLegends II : Beyond Between [Pern] - Anne McCaffreyLegends II : The Messenger [Riftwar] - Raymond E. FeistLegends II : Threshold [Symphony] - Elizabeth HaydonLegends II : The Monarch of the Glen [American Gods] - Neil GaimanLegends II : Indomitable [Shannara] - Terry BrooksRain Wild changes.3 out of 5Short people got no reason to slap me just for being a hick knight.3.5 out of 5Bowie knifeless.2.5 out of 5Opium seduction strategy. 3.5 out of 5Historical poetry captive inspiration.4 out of 5Network reproduction strategy. 4 out of 5Transporter accident haunting.4 out of 5Freezing cold, both ways, and people trying to kill you still gets little respect.4 out of 5Rescue ship.2 out of 5Huldersave. 3 out of 5Missing page problem.3 out of 53 out of 5more
Like in the first book, the short novels in this one are good examples of the genre. However, I had a bit more difficult time finishing some of the selections. It's probably because I wasn't quite in the mood for them at the time and it took more effort to absorb the stories. Also, the fact that they're built around a whole mythology that I'm not familiar with (Neil Gaiman's piece was the only one I had already read on) may be another reason I felt that the stories were so dense.Still, there were a number of stories that I really enjoyed, including Diana Gabaldon's "Lord John and the Succubus," Tad Williams' "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World," Anne McCaffrey's "Beyond Between," Raymond E. Feist's "The Messenger," and, of course, Gaiman's "The Monarch of the Glen," which is my favorite piece in the book. In particular, I'd like to read more of Williams' Otherland series, which has a fascinating setting and storyline.Overall, an anthology worth reading.more
robin hobb, six duchies -An interesting story and falls well within the series.George R R Martin, song of ice and fire - a sequel to the story in the first Legends - which I haven't got around to yet, it is an interesting story about a rough and tumble Hedge Knight and supporting the right side in an argument.Orson Scott Card, Alvin Maker - made me want to re-read the series. Diana Gabaldon, Outlander - Almost made me want to retry this series.Robert Silverberg, Majipoor - all about a writer finishing a poem.Tad Williams, Otherland - interesting but didn't linger in my memory.Anne McCaffrey, Pern - what did happen to Moreta after she went into beyond?Raymond E Feist, Riftwar - A picture of the messenger service in the army at the time of the riftwar.Elizabeth Haydon, Symphony of ages - probably the weakest story in the book, I don't remember much about it but I do remember that it's pretty weak.Neil Gaiman, American Gods - Shadow in Scotland, having an interesting time.Terry Brooks, Shannara - further adventures and fits well within the seriesSome quite good and some weak stories but overall not bad.more
a collection of fantasy stories in the series that made the authors famous. The fact that I hadn't read several of the series didn't detract from reading the book very much, if at all. In fact, I think I enjoyed several of the stories from unfamiliar authors more than some of the ones I knew. For example, I was a bit disappointed by Anne McCaffrey's Pern story...it didn't really say much, or anything new. Unless Moreta's fate was a big mystery. But it's been a while since I read the series anyway. And Neil Gaiman's story just made me want to go out and buy American Gods to read again.more
I bought this mainly for the Robin Hobb story, and I love love loved it. I just eat up anything that has to do with the Elderlings and the Liveships world. George R.R. Martin's was also good, but I have to admit being given a sour taste by the Anne McCaffrey short. I didn't think it fit in with the worldview described in any of her previous work.more
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