Those three stories have never been collected — until now. Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories, one of six anthologies to be funded by the successful Six by Six Kickstarter in December, is now available. It contains “Holy Places,” “Houses of the Dead,” and “Reflections,” which first appeared in Black Gate 10, 11, and 12, as well as “Night at the Opera,” a brand new Nicholas and Reynard story set before The Death of the Necromancer, and two other stories.
We serialized Martha’s complete novel The Death of the Necromancer here.
The Six by Six project brought together six popular fantasy and SF authors — Martha Wells, Will McIntosh, Tina Connolly, Stephen Gaskell, Brenda Cooper, and Bradley P. Beaulieu — to create six new collections featuring each author. Two have shipped so far, Martha’s Between Worlds, and Futures Near and Far, featuring six stories by Will McIntosh.
In addition to the Black Gates stories and the new Nicholas and Reynard tale, Between Worlds also features “The Potter’s Daughter,” a prequel to Martha’s novel The Element of Fire, and the Giliead and Ilias story “Rites of Passage.”
Here’s the complete table of contents.
The Ile-Rien Stories
“The Potter’s Daughter” — Kade Carrion investigates troublesome magic in a small village. “The Potter’s Daughter” first appeared in Elemental, May 2006.
“Night at the Opera” — A noble Rienish family asks Reynard Morane to thwart a sorcerous blackmailer, and he recruits a reluctant Nicholas Valiarde to help. “Night at the Opera” is original to this collection.
The Cineth Stories
“Holy Places” — Ilias is abandoned by the Finan family and finds Andrien, just as the house is attacked. “Holy Places” first appeared in Black Gate 11, August 2007.
“Rites of Passage” – -Most people in Cineth believe Giliead is too young to take up the duties of a Chosen Vessel, but he may not have a choice. “Rites of Passage” first appeared on MarthaWells.com in April 2014.
“Houses of the Dead” — Giliead and Ilias are called to investigate a strange happening in godless territory, and find a deserted city. “Houses of the Dead” first appeared in Black Gate 12, July 2008.
“Reflections” – Searching the wilderness for a fleeing wizard, Giliead and Ilias encounter strange magic. “Reflections” first appeared in Black Gate 10, March 2007
Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories was published on April 6, 2015. It is 166 pages, available only in digital format for $2.99
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