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Liavek 1: City of Luck

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City of Luck on the Cat River. Cosmopolitan hub of subtle intrigue and wild fortune. Capital of art and adventure, caravans and culture, espionage and enchantment!

Come to Liavek. Its stories have been told by some of fantasy's greatest writers—Jane Yolen, Gene Wolfe, Robin Hobb, Steven Brust, and more. Now they are available again for new readers and old.

In this first collection, Emma Bull, Nancy Kress, Steven Brust, Jane Yolen, and Gene Wolfe will guide you through humor, horror, romance, and daring deeds in the vanishing houses of Wizard's Row, the sailor's dives of Rat's Alley, and the curious shops of the Two-Copper Bazaar.

Come. Liavek awaits.


“Badu's Luck” by Emma Bull
“The Green Rabbit from S'Rian” by Gene Wolfe
“Birth Luck” by Nancy Kress
“An Act of Contrition” by Steven Brust
“The Inn of the Demon Camel” by Jane Yolen

These stories were first published in 1985 in Liavek, edited by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull.


"Fresh and compelling tales." —Science Fiction Review

" entertainment as well as an exercise in shared-world fiction." —Fantasy Review

"A colorful, likable setting: a crowded port city so well-drawn that readers soon feel they could walk through it..." —Publisher's Weekly

"Beautifully written, with detailed characterizations, the short stories are amazingly well integrated...a collection of quality fiction." —Voya

"For a world conceived in the 1980s, Liavek was notably forward-looking... As a counter to the default whiteness of fantasy at the time, Liavekans are dark-skinned, as are the indigenous S'Rian people on whose older town the city was built. A same-sex relationship is central to some of Dean's stories, and the city has multiple religions, but also atheists — no easy feat when the various gods regularly take an interest in human affairs." —Elizabeth Graham, NPR

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