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Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery Only $6.40 at

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

swords-dark-magic-256One of the best swords & sorcery anthologies of the last ten years is available at a deep discount on

Swords & Dark Magic, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders, contains 17 original stories — including a new Elric novella by Michael Moorcock, a Majipoor tale by Robert Silverberg, a Cugel the Clever tale by Michael Shea, a Black Company story by Glen Cook, and a brand new Morlock tale by James Enge. Contributors include Steven Erikson, C. J. Cherryh, Scott Lynch, Bill Willingham, Joe Abercrombie, Tanith Lee, Garth Nix, Greg Keyes, Gene Wolfe, Tim Lebbon, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and many others.

Our man Jason Waltz examined it in one of the longest and most detailed reviews we’ve ever published.

At Worldcon, I had the pleasure of hearing James Enge read his fabulous story “The Singing Spear” — which includes the classic line “You killed my bartender!” James is one of our most gifted practitioners of modern S&S, and “The Singing Spear” is one of his finest stories. It’s worth far more than $6.40 all on its own — and if you get the chance, hearing James read it live is worth far more than that.

Our most recent round-up of discount fantasy titles at Amazon is here.

Swords & Dark Magic was published by Avon Eos in June 2010. It is 519 pages, and was originally priced at $15.99. While copies last, it is being sold online for $6.40 at


  1. This is a bargain people should take advantage of — Scott Lynch’s “In the Stacks” is so awesome; it’s probably my favorite. The Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz story by Garth Nix is also lovely. I know I’m missing other great stuff, but these stand out in my memory.

    Comment by Theodric the Obscure - February 3, 2013 9:07 pm

  2. I already have the lovely SubPress hardcover, but if they were to ever discount the Kindle version I’d be all over that. Totally agree re: Scott Lynch’s story.

    Comment by Joe H. - February 3, 2013 9:46 pm

  3. Erikson’s “Goats of Glory” is the one I like remembering best. I read the book long enough ago, my some of the stories have drifted out of my head. The Scott Lynch story telegraphed its ending to me way too early, but maybe that’s because I used to teach undergrads at a university that regarded its students as disposable. I will say this in Lynch’s favor: the satirical aspect of the story hits its mark.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - February 4, 2013 12:16 am

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