The Book of Swords

The Book of Swords

Book - 2017
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An anthology of original fantasy tales by some of today's leading genre masters includes contributions by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cecelia Holland, and Elizabeth Bear.


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Feb 16, 2018

A lot of people might be considering checking this anthology out because it contains George R.R. Martin's newest 'A Song of Ice and Fire' short story "Sons of the Dragon". The book also has several other great fantasy authors (I myself am partial to Scott Lynch's "The Smoke of Gold is Glory", which seemingly takes place in Lynch's popular Gentlemen Bastards world), but the GRRM work may be the most well known. The story is written well enough, though those of us who have been waiting on the authors next full novel might grunt over the fact that he's put it aside to work on these prequel short stories. Most of the story takes place during the reign of his weaker son and heir Aenys, followed by the brutish reign of his younger son Maegor. The tale was well written, in standard GRRM style, but the problem is the content. If you have read 'The World of Ice and Fire', you've already read this story. SOTD is essentially a retelling of the parts of that book that explain the reigns of Aenys and Maegor, with less detail.

I really recommend reading this book if you are a fantasy fan, as most of the stories in it are excellent short stories, but I would recommend against it if you are only looking to read GRRM's latest work. Especially if you've read WOIAF, as everything in this story has already been tread over in that book, only in more detail.

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